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2021 TOWN COUNCIL CANDIDATES

James Demetriades (Incumbent)
James Demetriades is a Cromwell native, a Labor/ Employment Attorney, and current Councilperson. James is seeking reelection to his third term on the Cromwell Town Council.  James was first elected to the Cromwell Town Council in 2017 and has served as liaison to the Planning and Zoning Commission, Diversity Equity & Inclusion Committee, LGBTQ Advisory Board, and Youth Services Advisory Board.  

James graduated from Cromwell High School in 2011 and then Fordham University in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science. He then attended Quinnipiac University School of Law where he graduated in 2018 Cum Laude with two concentrations with honors in workplace law and civil advocacy. He is currently employed at Ferguson, Doyle, and Chester P.C. where he represents Unions across Connecticut. 

He hopes to win reelection to continue to be an independent and accountable voice on the Council. 

 
Charlie Epstein
Mr. Epstein has over a forty-nine-year career in emergency medical services as a technician, consultant and educator, and a Twenty-Five-year career with the State of Connecticut Sheriff’s and Judicial Marshal service. He presently serves as an administrator in the Office of the Director for the Judicial Marshal Service for the State of Connecticut.   He was the owner of an Emergency Medical Transportation Company. A Connecticut State Certified Emergency Medical Service Instructor and has taught for the Connecticut College and University System. 
 
His additional instructor credentials include Mass Casualty Scene Management, CPR, First Aid and AED for the American Heart Association, and Emergency Medical Dispatcher trainer for Priority Dispatch of Salt Lake City teaching 911 Centers throughout the United States and Canada. He serves also as an Instructor with the Connecticut Judicial Marshal Training Academy teaching in many areas. He was also a member of the CT1- DMAT Team (National Disaster Medical System). He is also an instructor for the International Critical Incident Stress foundation teaching Individual Crisis Intervention and Peer Support and Group Crisis Intervention.
Paula Luna
I am a Cromwell native, and have lived in town nearly my entire life.  I attended Cromwell schools and graduated from CHS in 1965.  I belong to Saint John’s Church in town.  

I served as a board member of the Cromwell Cooperative Nursery School, first as secretary and then as president, when my two sons attended the school.

I also served as secretary of the Park and Recreation Commission here in town several years ago.  I am currently Vice Chairman of the Senior Center Commission and am very active at the Senior Center. 

I retired as a legal assistant from the Hartford law firm of Rogin Nassau in 2017 after being employed there for 27 years.

 
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Al Waters (Incumbent)
I am a lifelong resident of Cromwell and a former small business owner for 45 years, having retired in 2010. I have been recognized multiple times through the years for my dedication to our town. I was honored to be the 2013 recipient of the Community Service and Involvement Award from the Cromwell Athletic Club as well as the 2015 Man of the Year by the Cromwell Knights of Columbus for my contributions to the town and its youth programs.

I have been an active volunteer for many community organizations, dedicating my time to numerous fundraisers. Organizing the Memorial Day Parade each year on behalf of the American Legion and the town is an incredibly rewarding experience. I played a key part in getting Mr. Frisbee's name attached to Riverport Park at Frisbee Landings. I have been a life member of the Cromwell Historical Society for over 20 years and am a member of American Legion Post #105. My membership in the Cromwell Outboard Association has spanned over 30 years. Townspeople know that when I get involved, I’m in it for the long haul.

I have participated in Cromwell government for more than 20 years, including 12 years as a member of the Board of Selectmen and 8 years on the Town Council. Prior to this time, I served on the Economic Development Commission and was chairman of the Capital Expenditures Commission; in these roles I worked to bring new businesses to the town, helped manage spending requests from department heads, and represented you, the taxpayers, in my fullest capacity.

I’ve been married to my wife Lori for 55 years. Together we have 3 grown children and 5 grandchildren.

I respectfully request your vote on Tuesday, November 2nd.

 
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