2023 TOWN COUNCIL CANDIDATES
Running for Town Council was always part of Stacy's long-term vision since moving to town almost 13 years ago. Stacy was appointed to the Inland Wetland and Uplands Agency along with the Conservation Commission a couple years ago and she knew after her first meeting she would run in the future; it was just a matter of when. When was asked to consider running in early May by James Demetriades, she was flattered and inspired. Stacy is aligned with James’ goals for our town. Many of their goals will lead to efficiency, modernization, sustainability, along with economic development. Stacy wants to foster a town culture of transparent communications, increased morale, and town pride. She hopes with these goals, we can develop a long-term vision for our town, a common mission in which the community will thrive from.
Stacy has worked in the Aerospace Industry for 20+ years, primarily in Commercial and Government Contracts, Project Management and Product Management. Throughout the years, she has continuously worked cross functionally with multiple departments such as Sales, Finance, Engineering, Repair Facilities, Purchasing and Legal to achieve our goals and ensure success. The teams she worked with are located domestically and internationally, offering her insights to different cultures around the world. She also led teams to develop and maintain standard work. She enjoys focusing on process improvements and making processes more efficient.
From an academic perspective, She values education and has been very fortunate to have the opportunity to earn the following:
Eastern Connecticut State University, Bachelor of Science, dual major, Public Policy and Government along with Communication
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Master of Science, Management
University of Hartford, Master of Business Administration
On a personal note, she has been a central CT resident her entire life. She has made Cromwell her home for almost 13 years. Stacy and her husband, Patrick, have two children. Their oldest is a CMS Student and their youngest is a student at WIS. Both kids are very active in the schools, participating in sports and clubs. Their family has two rescue cats, whom they adore! Their favorite family activities include traveling to Ocean City, Maryland every summer. She loves to cook, reading cookbooks for fun. She enjoys time in my garden and is always willing to try a new fitness class! She works hard, very hard and takes a great deal of pride in being a working parent that remains active in our community. She would love to see and encourage more community involvement, because together we can do great things.
Paula Luna (Incumbent)
Paula was born, raised and educated here in Cromwell, and has lived here nearly her entire life.
Paula served as a board member, and, eventually, president of the Cromwell Cooperative Nursery School, and secretary of the Park and Recreation Commission. She also served as Vice Chairman of the Senior Commission.
Paula is an active member of our Senior Center and volunteers with the Health Department and Cromwell’s Farmer’s Market. She is the mother of two sons, two grandchildren and one great grandson.
She serves as a member of the Town Council describes it as an honor and humbling experience, and is the Council liaison to the Library Commission and the Youth Advisory Board. She hopes to continue to serve the Town of Cromwell and its residents..
Al Waters (Incumbent)
Al Waters is a lifelong resident of Cromwell and a former small business owner for 45 years, having retired in 2010. Al has been recognized multiple times through the years for his dedication to our town. He 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 his contributions to the town and its youth programs.
Al has been an active volunteer for many community organizations, dedicating his time to numerous fundraisers. He organizes the Memorial Day Parade each year on behalf of the American Legion which is an incredibly rewarding experience. He played a key part in getting Mr. Frisbee's name attached to Riverport Park at Frisbee Landings. He has been a life member of the Cromwell Historical Society for over 20 years and is a member of American Legion Post #105. His membership in the Cromwell Outboard Association has spanned over 30 years. Townspeople know that when he gets involved, he's in it for the long haul.
Al has participated in Cromwell government for more than 20 years, including 12 years as a member of the Board of Selectmen and 10 years on the Town Council. Prior to this time, he served on the Economic Development Commission and was chairman of the Capital Expenditures Commission; in these roles he worked to bring new businesses to the town, helped manage spending requests from department heads, and represented you, the taxpayers, in his fullest capacity.
Al has been married to his wife Lori for 57 years. Together they have three grown children and five grandchildren.
Al respectfully requests your vote on Tuesday, November 7th.
Rahsaan Yearwood moved to Cromwell in August of 2008 and has six children, four of which are enrolled in Cromwell Public Schools and tow are away at college in North Carolina and Louisiana. Upon moving to Cromwell, he joined the Volunteer Fire Department where he served for years. From 2009 - 2022 he served as Youth Football coach and as a member of the Cromwell Youth Football and Cheer Board of Directors which managed all components of the youth program where children from ages 6-13 enjoyed participating each fall. After 12 years of working in Connecticut Public Schools as a teacher, administrator and math coach, he recently joined Acadia Insurance as a Senior Middle Market Underwriter.
Despite the challenges entering the political arena during these tumultuous times, Rahsaan is deeply committed to the future of Cromwell and believes in the opportunity we have to continue growing while remaining true to our roots. The greatness off Cromwell is embedded in the residents and he he looks forward to serving the town as a member of the Town Council if elected.