North Haven business owner Paul Cicarella Jr. is seeking the Republican nomination for the state Senate seat to be vacated by Len Fasano.
Fasano, R-North Haven, announced earlier this month he would not be seeking a 10th term representing the 34th District of East Haven, North Haven, Durham and Wallingford.
Cicarella, 36, is vice chairman of the North Haven Republican Town Committee and a member of the North Haven Zoning Board of Appeals.
Cicarella said in a statement that he has “long admired” Fasno’s dedication to the people and business owners of his district.
”I understand what it takes to work hard and serve others,” he said. “I’m a team player who knows how to build relationships and work together for the good of the district and the entire State of Connecticut … I want to be the kind of leader who listens to the people of the district and advocates on their behalf and acts accordingly.”
Fasano, currently the Senate Republican President Pro Tempore, endorsed Cicarella in statements provided by Cicarella’s campaign and confirmed by Fasano Tuesday.
“Paul has deep roots in the 34th district,” Fasano said. “A family man, a common sense thinker and a dedicated leader, he is the right person to further my work in the General Assembly.”
Cicarella graduated from East Haven High School and is a resident of North Haven, along with his wife, Christy Cicarella, and their two children.
He attended Springfield Technical Community College and then transferred to Gateway Community College in New Haven.
According to a campaign statement, Cicarella is president and founder of Advanced Investigations LLC, president of CT Private Investigators Association, CPIA and director of National Council of Investigation and Security Services (Regional 2). He also owns National Bug Sweep and Advanced Installations, a security company.
Cicarella is a member of the East Haven and Greater New Haven chambers of commerce. He volunteers with organizations such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. A sponsor and coach of youth athletics, Paul was awarded the 2017 MADD Community Service Award and was inducted into the East Haven Alumni Association Hall of Fame for his wrestling achievements.
The state Republican nominating convention is scheduled for May 18.