Trumbull Democrats

Supporting and Engaging the Seniors of Trumbull Platform

Preamble: First Selectman candidate Vicki Tesoro and Team Tesoro believe our town has a responsibility to engage and support all of our residents. Over eighteen percent of our town is 65 years of age or older. We are proud that many of these have lived most, if not all, of their lives here, raising families, building businesses, and growing our community.

Our plan: Team Tesoro commits to engaging seniors in town through community offerings that support their needs and provide expanded experiences. Team Tesoro will:

  • Consult with seniors, both formally and informally, to gather their input on the programs and services currently offered, as well as what they would like to see added.
  • Research varied tax relief and deferral programs and inform seniors of their options and choices.
  • Add senior appointments to town commissions and committees, where appropriate, to allow for their input and perspectives.
  • Assemble our EMS, police, health department, and social services staff to identify the health and safety needs of our seniors, and implement educational programs to support and assist them.
  • Work with the Trumbull Library to expand lecture series, movie screenings, and book clubs for seniors.
  • Provide opportunities for our seniors to enjoy our youth arts programs by organizing performances and events with our choral, band and theatre groups.
  • Expand our outreach to seniors so they are aware of the Town’s programs and services.
  • Review options for a Senior Center.

Team Tesoro values our seniors and wants them to thrive in Trumbull. We will engage our seniors, learn from them, and provide opportunities for them to participate in the life of our community. As First Selectman, Vicki Tesoro will actively support our seniors in Trumbull and be responsive to their needs.

Vote for Vicki Tesoro for First Selectman.       

Vote for Team Tesoro.

Trumbull Youth Programs Platform 

Preamble: Twenty-five percent of Trumbull residents are under 18-years-of-age. First Selectman candidate Vicki Tesoro believes the town must not only provide a high-quality education for our youth, but also activities and recreational opportunities that enable them to develop and showcase their talents and interests. Research shows that youth who engage in and feel valued by their community perform better in school and are less likely to engage in risky or illegal behaviors.

Our plan: Team Tesoro believes that we have a responsibility to engage and support all of our residents, including our youngest. Vicki Tesoro has been a champion for our youth for two decades, and will continue to do so when elected as First Selectman. Team Tesoro will:

  • Consult with our teens to gather their input and engage them in the planning and implementation of constructive and positive activities in town.
  • Reinstate the Youth Commission and include teen representation.
  • Add youth appointments to town commissions and committees, where appropriate, to allow for their input and perspectives.
  • Ensure that the Recreation Department has the support to provide our youth with activities and events that interest and engage them, such as outdoor movie nights, dances, battles of the bands, and sports tournaments
  • Work with our youth to revisit and revitalize the Teen Center at Indian Ledge to make it a desirable venue.
  • Restore the Trumbull Youth Association (TYA), which provides youth theatre and the arts, to an independent line item in the budget. These programs must be treated as opportunities for valuable education and enriching experiences for the whole community.
  • Develop a job/community service referral program to provide youth with volunteer opportunities to help private residents and the town.

Team Tesoro believes our youth must be given the opportunity to contribute to Trumbull.  Vicki Tesoro will engage our youth; listen and act on their input and ideas. As First Selectman, Vicki Tesoro will be a champion for our youngest residents, so that they can grow and thrive in our community.

Vote for Vicki Tesoro for First Selectman. 

Vote for Team Tesoro.

First Selectman Forum on Oct. 17

On Tuesday, Oct. 17, please come out and hear from the candidates for First Selectman.

There will be an opportunity to meet the candidates from 5:30-6 p.m. The debate will run from 6-7:30 p.m. This is great opportunity to learn more about Vicki’s vision for Trumbull! Please spread the word to friends, family, and neighbors. We hope to see you there!

Trumbull Education Platform

Preamble:  First Selectman candidate Vicki Tesoro and Team Tesoro believe that all students deserve the opportunity to reach their full potential. We know that a vibrant and appealing town relies on the foundation of an excellent school system. Our property values rise and we strengthen our community when we make measured investments in quality teachers, curriculum, and welcoming facilities.

Vicki Tesoro has been an advocate for improving Trumbull education for decades.  She is a past president of the Trumbull PTSA Council, an Advisory Board Member of the Academic Challenge for Excellence (ACE), a former member of the Board of Education Policy Advisory Committee, and past PTA President of Tashua School, Madison Middle School and Trumbull High School. She is a founding member of the Trumbull Partnership Against Underage Drinking and Drugs (TPAUD), and developed the Underage Drinking and Drug Forum at Trumbull High in 2006, a program that has received accolades across the state and is a model for similar programs in Fairfield County.  

Our plan:  Team Tesoro will work with the education professionals in setting priorities for our school system. Recognizing that funds are limited, we will focus on key goals. We will strive for incremental gains year after year that both respect the taxpayer dollars and improve the educational experience for all our children. Vicki Tesoro knows how to work with people of different opinions to get results that will benefit our school system and Trumbull. Some of the priorities for Team Tesoro are:

  • Support appropriate resources for curriculum development; it is paramount that curriculum be current and challenging.
  • Provide resources for enriching and relevant professional development, to ensure effective and meaningful instruction.
  • Continue to increase access to AP, honors and elective classes.
  • Introduce world language education at the elementary level.
  • Promote small class sizes at ALL levels. 
  • Focus on quality programming in the Arts.
  • Pursue the expansion of a Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) program through our secondary curriculum.
  • Continue to provide requisite district resources to sustain and continue SAT score improvement. 
  • Integrate technology readiness in core disciplines through all grades levels. Place targeted emphasis on 21st century skills.  
  • Coordinate student mental health services and programs within and between schools. 
  • Revisit and prioritize infrastructure improvements in the district.
  • Provide resources to ensure our students, teachers and schools are safe.
  • Expand our practical life skills program in grades 9 through 12.

Our Town budget is impacted by the decisions made by the State legislators and the Governor. Both parties in Hartford must stop pointing fingers and craft a State budget that is not punitive to the education plan of towns like Trumbull. While at this time, we do not know the final outcome of the State’s impasse, we plan to address any potential shortfall from the State by first allocating any remaining monies set aside by the Board of Finance and Town Council in the Contingency Fund.  If the amount in our Contingency is insufficient, we will look to make reductions in non-essential spending in our Town budgets.  If further reductions to the education budget are necessary, our goal will be to minimize the impact on our students by looking at non-instructional areas first.  Should this unfortunate situation continue in the future, fiscal discipline around spending coupled with real Grand List growth will help us bridge this funding gap.

The Board of Education’s responsibility is to advocate for funding that meets the needs of all students. Voting for Team Tesoro’s Board of Education candidates is imperative to create a future in which our children move forward into the education and career choices right for them.

Team Tesoro knows that great schools are a key component in creating a great town.  Great schools ensure children/teens become productive members of an ever-changing global society.  Also, they ultimately enrich all of us, by expanding the reputation of Trumbull as a desirable place to live and by supporting increased property values.

Vote for Vicki Tesoro for First Selectman.    Vote for Team Tesoro.