The Milford Town Election is just a little more than a month away, and while officials are gearing up for the April 1 polls, one resident is already looking ahead to the election season in 2015.
Milford resident and native Michael Visconti, Jr. announced this month that he plans to run for the Milford Board of Selectmen in 2015, and said while he isn't on the ballot this year, he wanted to get his name out there prior to the next election cycle.
"I do want to get ahead of the game and I don't want to wait and blindside anyone at the last minute," Visconti said. "I did want to get out there early and let my supporters know that I am definitely planning on running."
Visconti, who served on the Milford Zoning Board of Appeals for 20 years, was born and raised in Milford, and said he has also been an active Town Meeting member for closer to 30 years. Previously, he served as a consultant for property management and construction companies. Now semi-retired, he still conducts consultant work from his home in a similar fashion.
As for serving as a selectman, Visconti said he hopes to bring a fresh perspective and experience in research.
"I believe that I can bring to the board some objective opinions and some objective voting based on factual information," he said. "I am very detail-oriented. I research every issue before I take a position. I am very conservative when it comes to spending tax payers' money."
Additionally, one element Visconti said he would like to bring to the table if elected next year is technological experience.
"I am very tech-savvy, which I believe is the direction the town is heading in," he said. "We cannot afford to let technology pass us by. As I see it, technology right now is running right alongside of us and picking up speed. We need somebody on the board who is tech savvy, detail-oriented and has the intelligence and background to make decisions as they come along."
Visconti said his decision to run was based, in part, after observing the town's vote against the casino issue last year, and that he believes every vote in town, however small, can have a crucial impact.
"I believe that the bi-weekly or monthly decisions that are made by the board of selectmen are the threads that weave the fabric of what the town will ultimately look like," he said. "While they seem like incidental votes, they are very, very important."
While he said he will establish campaign-related events prior to the election season in early 2015, Visconti said it is premature now to declare any particular events.