An introduction to Democrats running for town offices

An introduction to Democrats running for town offices


(Information submitted by the North Haven Democratic Town Committee.)

Alan J. Sturtz, candidate for first selectman

Alan J. Sturtz served on the North Haven Board of Selectmen from 2011-13. He served as town clerk/tax collector from 2007-2009. He has been a member of the North Haven Lions Club since 2004 and is currently in his fourth term as president. Previously he had been a member of the Lions Club of New Haven, where he served in several leadership roles.

Over the past 20 years he has held chair positions at the district cabinet level. Within the North Haven Public Schools, he served as PTA president at Ridge Road School from 2004-05 and as PTA vice president from 2002-2004. He was a member of the Superintendent of Schools’ Advisory Committee from 2003-2005 and the North Haven High School-to-Career Program Implementation Committee from 1998-2000.

He has been married to his wife, June, for almost 26 years. Their three children are all graduates of North Haven High School.

Professionally, Sturtz has been working in higher education administration in the field of Institutional Research and Planning for 40 years. He has been director of Institutional Research at Goodwin College since June 2007, after retiring from the Connecticut State University System as Director of Institutional Research and Planning, Emeritus.

He also served as director of Institutional Research, Planning and Development at Gateway Community College in New Haven; Institutional Research Officer at the University of Louisville (KY); and Assistant to the President at Schenectady County Community College (NY).

Sturtz received his doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the Pennsylvania State University.

Regarding his candidacy for first selectman, Sturtz says, “First and foremost, I have the experience, having held the position of town clerk/tax collector in 2007-09 and having served on the Board of Selectmen in 2011-13. During my tenure as tax collector, I established the highest tax collection rate in town history and efficiently carried out oversight for all town meetings. Even though this is one of the most visible offices in town, the town clerk ‘reports’ to the Secretary of the State’s office, as the tax collector ‘reports’ to the State Comptroller. The duties of both positions are governed by state statute – not by town government. I believe that the way I conducted myself in both elected and appointed positions has earned me the respect and confidence of Democrats and Republicans on boards and commissions and in town government.

“As I had done in the past, I promise, if elected, to treat all citizens of North Haven fairly and with respect. I promise to maintain an open door policy and listen to any issue or problem you may have. Problem solving begins with a question, and questions are never a problem.”

Amanda Gabriele, candidate for Board of Education

Amanda Gabriele is a native of Connecticut and has been a North Haven resident for over five years. She lives with her husband and their two children in the Clintonville school district. Gabriele currently works as a subject matter expert on complex, multi-million dollar IT projects and implementations for a Fortune 500 company. Prior to that, she was VP at a New England regional bank, a board member of a nonprofit dedicated to building EdTech opportunities in Africa, and owner of her own marketing and design firm in Philadelphia.

She is a graduate of the Fairfield Public School System and Marist College, graduating cum laude in 2006 with a degree in communications. Her high-impact mix of left- and right-brained thinking has led to a successful career in financial services operations and IT.

Gabriele says that she is passionate about high-quality education and believes that a superlative school system is beneficial to the entire community and society at large.

In her spare time, she enjoys baking, crochet, and building robots with her kids. When asked to describe herself, she said a recipe would be most appropriate: 2 parts wife and mom, 1 part IT business lady, 1 part data geek, 1 part Game of Thrones superfan, and 1 part North Haven Board of Education hopeful.

Kathy Spinato-Grant, candidate for town clerk/tax collector

Kathy Spinato-Grant, also known as Kathy Grant, is the mother of three – Lindsay, Hannah and Rob – and has been a North Haven resident for 19 years. Spinato-Grant and her three brothers were raised in West Haven by Dorothy and James Spinato. She moved to North Haven after earning her B.S. degree in Political Science and Sociology from Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ.

She decided to run for town clerk/tax collector because she has always devoted herself to public service. She currently serves on several boards, including the North Haven Board of Assessment Appeals. She is the Co-Vice Chair for the North Haven Democratic Town Committee, and is the Treasurer for the League of Women Voters Hamden/North Haven. She served as Treasurer for the 2016 State Representative campaign for the 87th district. She was also on the executive board for the Green Acres PTA from 2011-2013, she was the Girl Scout Troop Leader for Troop 1218 for three years at Clintonville school and volunteered for the North Haven Congregational Church education program for several years, including one year on the Board of Christian education.

Spinato-Grant is currently the Secretary for CT Transit New Haven Claims Division, where she has worked for the past six years. Prior to this she was employed by the state judicial branch for 10 years, during which time she was promoted twice and served her last five years as a Support Enforcement Officer for New Haven and Meriden Superior Courts, securing child support collections for the state.

Spinato-Grant’s education, extensive work experience in public service, personal attributes and contributions to the North Haven community make her uniquely qualified to serve the residents of North Haven as town clerk/tax collector.

Michael Hallahan, candidate for Board of Finance

Michael Hallahan’s civic activities include secretary/member North Haven Board of Finance (12 years), past president Rotary Club of North Haven, Democratic Town Committee member, UConn Alumni Association, North Haven Education Foundation contributor, Friends of North Haven Library supporter and Peter’s Rock Association supporter.

He holds an M.S. degree in Organizational Leadership from Quinnipiac University and a B.S. degree in finance from the University of Connecticut.

Professionally, he has been owner/appraiser, Appraisal Associates of CT, since 1992.


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