LETTERS: Running for judge of probate; support for Arata

Earning support


For the first time in a generation Wallingford Republicans gathered to hold a town-wide caucus to nominate a candidate to replace our retiring probate judge.  The turnout was historic and I am grateful that the majority of those in attendance nominated me. Steve Allinson, my worthy opponent, has since endorsed my candidacy and we are now singularly focused on November. 

Long before I was admitted to practice law 24 years ago, I called Wallingford home. My mom and late dad, Kathy and Bill Birney, did an amazing job raising their seven children in Wallingford, continuously instilling critical values, mostly by example. Mom’s strong work ethic remains on display today as office manager at Wallingford’s Bond-Bilt Garages, a position she has held since 1984. Dad’s dedication to public service was evidenced by his 38 years on the Wallingford Police Department.

A strong work ethic and dedication to public service are fueling my candidacy and will enable me to continue the legacy of Judge Wright when elected on November 8. As a practicing attorney, I have worked tirelessly representing individuals and businesses in a broad range of legal matters, including litigation in federal, state and probate courts. Along the way, I have represented and protected some of our most vulnerable: the intellectually disabled, the elderly and domestic abuse victims, as well as clinched appellate victory regarding the interpretation of provisions of the Connecticut probate statute.

My service to Wallingford includes spending the last seven years as the vice chairperson of the Public Utilities Commission, which oversees some of Wallingford’s crown jewels, the Electric, Water and Sewer Divisions, and serving the preceding 12 years as a member of the Wallingford Planning and Zoning Commission. My campaign website is here: www.birneyprobate.com and I look forward to meeting you and earning your support.

Patrick Birney, Wallingford 



The citizens of Connecticut need representation in Hartford that actually listens to the needs of the people. Lou Arata listens and understands the pulse of the state. Lou Arata believes that with refreshed lawmakers and state leaders, current inefficiency and waste can be eliminated. Lou Arata supports the performance of forensic audits in every state government department. As a priority, Lou Arata also believes in doing away with redundant job processes and implementing technologies that increase productivity. View his ideas and opeds at www.LouArata.com

Charles R. Paonessa, Berlin councilman


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