WALLINGFORD — After 12 years as a town councilor, Republican John LeTourneau announced he won’t seek re-election in the fall.
Christina Tatta, the Republican Town Committee vice chair, said Wednesday that with LeTourneau out of the race she’s interested in running for a council seat.
The Republican and Democratic town committees are both scheduled to caucus July 17 to confirm their slates of candidates, including mayoral, Town Council and Board of Education.
Time to step down
LeTourneau, 68, said Wednesday that “it’s just time” to step down, adding that he wants to devote more time to town civic organizations, including the Wallingford Elks, Knights of Columbus, Wallingford Grange, Wallingford Historical Preservation Trust and Wallingford Center Inc.
His business, Wallingford Lamp & Shade, 124 Center St., will celebrate 20 years downtown at the beginning of next year.
He also wants to spend more time with his wife, Barbara LeTourneau, who’s planning to retire in the next year or so from her clerical position at the town Electric Division.
LeTourneau said his goal when he first ran in 2007 was to keep the town stable by scrutinizing spending and serving all townspeople, regardless of party affiliation.
In his 12 years in office, the town hasn’t changed much, he said.
“A couple of terms ago, I coined the phrase, ‘Wallingford is an oasis of stability,’ ” he said.
Costly project concern
Tatta, 34, first moved to Wallingford as a high schooler in 2000. After she got married and spent some time in North Haven, she moved back in 2010.
She works at her family’s business – Central Auto Auction in Hamden – as the lead bookeeper and corporate secretary.
“Wallingford is generally a well-run town,” she said, “but my concern is mostly on the budget and finances.”
She cited municipal projects such as possible school renovations, the wastewater treatment plant upgrades and the proposed overhaul of Community Pool.
“There are a lot of big-ticket items in the next couple years that could affect taxes and the town,” she said.
In addition to vice-chairing to the Republican Town Committee, she’s a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals, the Wallingford 350th Jubilee Committee and previously served on the Charter Revision Commission.
LeTourneau said he supports Tatta’s candidacy.
“She would be the person I would choose to sit in my seat,” he said. “She’s a smart young lady with a lot to offer the town.”
Robin Hetrick, Democratic Town Committee chairwoman, was not available for comment Wednesday.
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