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Jody Terranova

Jody 2017

Jody Terranova

Who are you? 

I have lived in Windsor since 2002, along with my supportive husband of 17 years.  I am a pediatrician in the north end of Hartford, an Assistant Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and a faculty member for the Pediatric Residency Program at CT Children’s Medical Center.  I graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a BS in Biochemistry, received my DO degree from Midwestern University’s Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed my Pediatric Residency at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.  I have been on the Town Council for 6 years,  serving as the Deputy Mayor for the past 4 years, and currently chair the Finance Committee and the Personnel Committee.   Previously I chaired the Health and Safety Committee and was a member of the Town Improvements Committee.  I also co-founded the Windsor Dog Park, served as Co-Chair for the Windsor Youth Commission, am a member of Windsor CARES and an active supporter of local causes.

Why are you running? 

I believe our town has been well served by the Democratic leadership on the council.  I have been on the town council for the past 6 years and have gained skills and knowledge that I would like to continue utilizing to keep Windsor well-positioned on a strong and stable path into the future.

What do you love about Windsor? 

I love the people of Windsor.  There are so many active groups in town, each doing their part to make Windsor a great place to live.  From the various volunteer and service groups to supporters of the Windsor Art Center, Friends of Northwest Park, sports for kids and adults, annual events on the town green, various religious organizations, the Food and Fuel Bank, Windsor Education Foundation, Windsor Historical Society, volunteers for town boards and commissions, to name a few.  I love how everyone does their part to contribute to the sense of community and neighborliness that is found in Windsor.

What do you think the council should focus on over the next 2 years? 

The immediate concerns will be fiscal. Depending on how the state budget plays out and the adjustments made to the state aid Windsor receives, we may need to make some big decisions on priorities- what we want to fund and what we will delay.  This includes spending on education, infrastructure, services, staffing, pension and OPEB payments, and open space.  The largest project we have coming up in the near future is the Public Safety Complex. There are a few options for this project, each with pros and cons that will need to be thoroughly explored in the new fiscal landscape.

We should also continue to pursue opportunities for citizens to be engaged with local government, including through social media, through workshops and meetings, continuing to offering experiences similar to the Citizens Academy to educate residents, and promoting open dialogue between the police dept and residents including our youth.

Why should people vote for you?

I enjoy being an active part of our community and serving my fellow citizens as a town councilor.  I take pride in working hard and being well-informed on the issues in front of me.  I try to keep an open mind and clearly listen to both sides of a discussion, looking for opportunities to compromise if needed but also willing to stand up for what I believe is right.

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