"Meet the Candidates" is a feature on Southington Patch designed to help
you get to know your local candidates before you take to the polls this
November. Each profile was submitted directly by the candidate.
Take a moment to review each profile so you can be informed and prepared when you go to the polls on Nov. 5, 2013.
This week, we are looking at the Southington Town Council candidates.
Name: Michael Riccio Age: 45
Party, Board Seeking: Republican, Town Council
Family information: Wife, Tina, and three children
Occupation, if applicable: Real Estate Appraisal/Investment
Political Experience: Eight Years on Planning and Zoning/Eight Years Town Council
Other Experience: Chairman of Parking Authority, Chairman of Drive-In Committee
Why did you run for office? To help make a positive difference in our community
for future generations. To improve our
quality of life.
If elected, what would be your primary areas of focus? Commercial Economic
Development and Land Preservation, which will keep our taxes low for our
homeowners and seniors. With a higher commercial tax base, we can continue to
support our education system, which helps put us on the map. I will also use my
position on Activate Southington, to promote healthy living here in
What do you feel is the biggest issue facing Southington today? Our outdated
sewer treatment facility.
What skills do you have that you could bring to the community? I have over 20
years of public service as an elected official and community volunteer. I
travel a lot, for my business, to very successful communities around the
country. While there, I am often digging for information on what makes these
communities successful. I take these ideas and experiences home with me. I
believe this knowledge can be useful when governing for Southington's future.
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