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Independents For Orange Announce Candidate Slate

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Jul 262013
 

IFO CandidatesFollowing is a press release from Independents For Orange:

Independents For Orange (IFO) held a “Kick-Off Fundraiser” on Tuesday, July 23rd at Grassy Hill Country Club, to commemorate the founding of the organization and introduce their candidates for the November election.

The event was hailed as a success by IFO co-founder Chad Lombardi; “this event surpassed our expectations, as we had over 70 people in attendance and raised over $4,500, bringing our total contributions to over $6,000 in less than 30 days,” said Lombardi.

IFO Chairman and Board of Selectmen candidate Mike Richetelli shared the enthusiasm, “it was tremendous to talk to so many people who share our beliefs, including encouraging Orange voters to elect the most qualified candidates to run the town, regardless of party affiliation. I’m absolutely thrilled with the group of leaders that have stepped up to run with us this year,” Richetelli said.

Along with Richetelli, IFO announced Jim O’Connor, Branford elementary school Principal and Darcy Perfetto, former West Haven elementary school teacher as candidates for the Orange Board of Education and Jodi Chodos, Hamden High School social worker as a candidate for the Amity Board of Education. All three board of education candidates have children in the school districts for which they are running.

IFO also announced Fred A. Messore, as a candidate for Constable, Messore is a Commercial Realtor in Orange and also serves as the Economic Development Director for the Town of Seymour.

IFO is a group of dedicated Orange community leaders that have come together to provide an organization for citizens who want to be involved in town government without being affiliated with either of the two majority parties- Republican or Democrat and also to provide voters with more options in local elections.

Anyone interested in more information on Independents For Orange can visit www.ifoct.org  or visit them on Facebook

Independents For Orange Plan July 23 “Kick-Off Fundraiser”

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Jul 082013
 

IFOLogo-01Independents For Orange (IFO) will be holding a “Kick-Off Fundraiser” on Tuesday, July 23 at Grassy Hill Country Club, 441 Clark Lane, Orange from 7-9 pm to commemorate the founding of the organization.

The event will give supporters an opportunity to interact with the organizers, hear about their candidates and platform, ask questions and discuss town issues.  All are welcome to attend. Minimum contribution is $30, which includes beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres.

IFO is a group of dedicated Orange community leaders that have come together to provide an organization for citizens who want to be involved in town government without being affiliated with either of the two majority parties- Republican or Democrat and also to provide voters with more options in local elections.

Anyone interested in more information on Independents For Orange may visit www.ifoct.org or visit them on Facebook

Independents For Orange Hosts Informational Meeting July 9

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Jul 042013
 

IFOLogo-01A press release from Independents for Orange:

Independents For Orange (IFO) will have its’ first Informational/Volunteer meeting on Tuesday, July 9th at Bear and Grill Restaurant, 385 Boston Post Rd., Orange from 7:30-8:30 pm.

The meeting will give interested residents an opportunity to interact with the organizers of the group, hear about their ideas, ask questions and provide feedback on town issues. Anyone who is interested in finding out more about IFO or getting involved as a volunteer is encouraged to attend. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be served.

IFO is a group of dedicated Orange community leaders that have come together to provide an organization for citizens who want to be involved in town government without necessarily being affiliated with either of the two majority parties- Republican or Democrat.

Anyone interested in more information on Independents For Orange can visit www.ifoct.org  or visit them on Facebook

“Independents For Orange”: Orange Voters to Have Another Option In November

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Jun 192013
 

Jim O'Connor, Mike Richetelli and

Jim O’Connor, Mike Richetelli and Chad Lombardi, co-founders of Independents for Orange.

Press Release from Independents For Orange

Years in the making, a grass roots group- Independents For Orange (IFO) has been formed. The organization became official May 30th when paperwork was filed with the CT Secretary of State’s office which reserved the designation. The filing with the Secretary of State will enable candidates to run for municipal offices this November as Independents For Orange.

IFO is a group of dedicated Orange community leaders that have come together to provide an opportunity for Orange residents who want to serve in town government and help make Orange a better place without having to be affiliated with either of the two majority parties- Republican or Democrat.

“Independents For Orange will focus on running candidates with a proven track record of leadership, people who will work tirelessly on behalf of all the residents of Orange without getting bogged down in traditional party politics”, said IFO Chairman Mike Richetelli. “Our goal is to challenge the status quo and get informed, committed, non-partisan individuals elected to town Boards and Commissions. We’re looking for people that will lead on issues, be proactive on bringing new ideas to the table, put the best interests of the town first and most importantly, be able to work with elected officials on both sides of the aisle.”

Although a search for candidates has not officially begun, there are no plans at this time to run a candidate for First Selectman. “Out of the gate, we intend to field a slate of under-ticket candidates for 2013 and have it grow from there. We believe this is the first time there will be an Independent under-ticket slate of candidates without running someone for First Selectman in the history of the town.

This shows that we’re making a long term commitment to build this for the future from the ground up” said Chad Lombardi, one of the co-founders of IFO. Mike Richetelli will be running for the Board of Selectmen and elementary school Principal Jim O’Connor will be running for Board of Education. “With two children currently in the Orange elementary school system, I have a vested interest in working to ensure that we have the best schools possible in Orange. I plan to utilize my expertise as a longtime school administrator to solidify and advance the goals of our district,” said O’Connor.

Richetelli addressed the plans for IFO moving forward. “We’re in the process of building a team of concerned residents that want to work collectively, without party politics. We look forward to talking to people in the coming weeks that want to be part of something new and exciting. So far, the feedback we’ve received has been outstanding.

“People understand that it can only benefit the residents of Orange to have more choices at the polls. One of our goals is to encourage voters to elect people, not parties and to take a close look at each candidate’s qualifications,” Richetelli said. “We expect to have a superb group of candidates in November; the idea is to highlight the strengths and leadership credentials of candidates who run as Independents.”

Anyone interested in more information on Independents For Orange may visit www.ifoct.org  or email info@ifoct.org.