Jim has served eight terms as First Selectman and has been an active member of the Orange Board of Selectmen since 1999. He has shown the necessary experience in municipal management to effectively continue to lead our Town as First Selectman.

Jim is no stranger to hard work. His commitment to the people of Orange is undeniable. Jim has always given freely of his time for Orange, serving as a volunteer fireman for over 20 years, past Assistant Treasurer of the Volunteer Fire Association and Co-Chairman of the Orange Agricultural Fair.

Jim knows the people of Orange. He listens to them and identifies with them and their problems. He is always genuinely interested in offering his advice and help. Jim tackles issues head-on and goes out of his way to find win-win solutions. He is the type of leader that considers the feelings of all residents from the very young to our growing senior population.

Jim is ready to continue his leadership of Orange as our First Selectman. His honest straightforward leadership style is right for Orange. It is right for seniors. It is right for children. It is right for education. It is right for economic development. It is right for business. It is right for open space. It is right for all taxpayers. AND...Jim's straightforward, honest leadership style needs to continue!

An Interesting story about Jim's commitment to Orange

Ralph Okenquist

B.S. Fairfield University

M.B.A. University of New Haven

Fred Wolfe Park Committee 1995-98

Park & Rec Commission 9 years, 5 years as Chairman Capital Planning Committee Chair

Allied Signal - Manager

Advanced Business Program Planning
Chandler Evans - Senior Program Administrator

“As a selectman, I will continue utilizing my business, management, municipal, and capital planning expertise to cost effectively plan and implement continuing improvements in our School and Town facilities.”

Judy Wright Williams

Board of Selectmen - 10 years

B.S. Southern Connecticut State University

M.S. Special Education
Southern Connecticut State University

Graduate of the Orange and Amity
School Systems
Teacher 33 years, Orange School System

Human Service Commission

Historic District Commission

Orange Cemetery Association

“My special interests in serving on the Board of Selectmen are to promote educational excellence in our schools and to preserve the rural character and the historic core values of Orange. This includes open space preservation and effective cost management to improve the quality of life for both families with children and seniors who want to remain in Orange close to their children and grandchildren.”

John Carangelo

Orange Board of Selectmen - 6 years

B.A. Syracuse University

J.D. Quinnipiac College School of Law
Former Judge of Probate for Orange

Practicing attorney with over 22 years of legal experience

John Carangelo has been a lifelong resident of Orange and resides with his wife Kathrine and his sons Michael and Joey.

“As a member of the Board of Selectmen I will continue my efforts to keep taxes under control for our residents, and continue to improve our towns infrastructure and schools."


Joseph Nuzzo

B.S. Business Administration/Management
Southern Connecticut State University

M.B.A. Degree in Finance
University of New Haven

Twenty Years of Commercial Banking Experience

Six Years Business Owner Commercial Finance

Joe’s community service includes Orange Soccer Association youth soccer coach, Orange Little League baseball coach, current Board Member of the Amity Club, a civic and philanthropic organization in New Haven, and Past President and Board Member of the Boys’ /Girls’ Club of New Haven.

“I ask the townspeople of Orange for your vote to provide the opportunity to apply my extensive financial experience and expertise to continue the recent tradition of fiscal responsibility and straightforward leadership.”

Ajeet Jain

Associate Professor of Finance, Central Connecticut State University.

Former Director of the MBA program, Alabama A&M University. 

Ph.D. in Finance,
Florida International University.

MBA from Alabama A&M University

B. S. from University of Delhi

Drs. Ajeet and Preti Jain, and their daughter, Simran, are proud residents of Orange.

“As an Associate Professor of Finance at Central Connecticut State University and the former Director of the MBA program at Alabama A&M University, I have gained extensive experience in the field of finance. As a member of the Board of Finance, I will work to promote lower taxes, free market capitalism, and exceptional services to the residents of Orange. I am committed to keeping taxes low and providing the highest level of services and amenities to my fellow residents.”


Doing more with less...

Conservative Budgeting Practices led to savings through spending controls.

Strong fiscal policies implemented by Jim Zeoli's administration has resulted in Orange's S&P AAA Rating.


Ozzie Parente

Town of Orange Planning and Zoning Commission

B.A. Villanova University

J. D. University of Bridgeport School of Law
(now Quinnipiac College School of Law)

Ozzie is an attorney engaged in the private practice of law, focusing in the areas of real estate law, corporate finance, commercial law and contracting, and in the representation of buyers and sellers of various types of business organizations.

Earlier in his career Ozzie was Vice-President and General Counsel of a large Connecticut manufacturer. He was a key member of the company’s executive staff while overseeing all aspects of the company’s legal affairs.

Ozzie currently serves as a Commissioner on the Town of Orange Planning and Zoning Commission. He has also served in a leadership capacity in other organizations including the Quinnipiack Club Board of Governors, The Hopkins School Alumni Board and the Board of Directors of the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce. In addition, Ozzie is a member of The New Haven County, Connecticut and American Bar Associations.

Kevin Cornell

Currently Serving on the Zoning Commission

B.E. Mechanical Engineering
Stevens Institute of Technology

J. D. University of Bridgeport School of Law
(now Quinnipiac College School of Law)

Professional Certification: Professional Engineer,
New York State

Kevin Cornell is a Real Estate Development professional with over 30 years of experience in all facets of commercial and residential real estate development and construction.

Current Employer Midwood Investment and Development

"As a resident of Orange for 32 years I feel an obligation to give back to the community that helped raise and educate my children and allow my family to enjoy the wonderful quality of life that Orange offers. My work experience aligns precisely with the demands of the Planning and Zoning Commission"


Tom Torrenti

B.S. - Civil Engineering -
Syracuse University

Owner of Thomas A. Torrenti, P.C.
Consulting Structural Engineers
Founded in 1986

Licensed Professional Engineer
State of Connecticut

ACE Mentor Program Volunteer for Students interested in pursuing careers in Science, Engineering & Architecture

“As a lifelong Orange resident, it is an honor and a privilege to serve on the Town Plan and Zoning Commission. 

With over 40 years of engineering and construction experience working in various field and office capacities, I will use that experience to make decisions that preserve property values and quality of life, in order to benefit Orange residents and uphold the goals of the Town’s Plan of Conservation and Development.”

Tom and Donna Torrenti have resided in Orange for 40 years and have 3 children.


Mary Shaw - Town Clerk

B. S. Industrial Technology, CCSU
M. S. Counseling in Higher Education, SCSU

Administrative Assistant to the First Selectman
Town of Orange 2012-2019

Orange Board of Education - Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent 2019 – present

As a result of her extensive experience working closely with all Orange municipal offices, Mary is uniquely qualified to serve as Town Clerk.

Tom Hurley - Tax Collector

B. S. Michigan State University
M.S. Economics, Wayne State University
PMI—Project Management
APBM, Certified Business Manager
USAF Veteran (Captain)
Sr Vice Commander American Legion Post 127

Tom Hurley been dedicated the people of Orange for many years. As a member of the Amity Board of Education for over 13 years Tom served as Chairman, Vice Chairman, and Secretary.

Tom is a Financial Professional, owner of Thomas Hurley Consulting LLC and a APBM Certified Business Manager. He is uniquely qualified to serve as Tax Collector.


Jeff Cap

Orange Board of Education Member

Vice-Chair, Board of Education

Chief Information Officer
Newman Architects

Former Technology Teacher

Boy Scout Leader & Trainer

Knights of Columbus Member (Third Degree)


Jeff has served as a community volunteer for many organizations in Orange including the Orange Country Fair, Holy Infant Church (Financial Council and Eucharistic Minister), and Website Administrator for various non-profit groups.

“It is important for children to receive the highest quality of education from Orange Elementary Schools. Not only is education a top priority but having safe and secure school buildings is equally as important. Having modern technology access will set students, faculty, and staff up for continued success. Your vote will provide me with the opportunity to remain committed to the goal of investing in our children’s future.

Ronnette Pompano James

B.S. in Elementary Education,
Southern Connecticut State University

M.S. in Reading,
Southern Connecticut State University

Certified Elementary School Teacher and Reading Specialist

President of Peck Place School PTO from 2016-2021

"16 years ago my husband and I moved to Orange because it is a small, close knit community known for its top notch school system.  As an elementary school teacher, I wanted our children to receive the highest quality public education possible. 

In my years as a parent and volunteer in our schools, I have been impressed by the outstanding education my sons have received. But there is more work to be done. We must make improvements to ensure that we are providing our children with the strongest foundation possible.

Orange is one of the best communities in which to raise a family.  That’s why I will continue the work of building on that tradition of excellence, on behalf of every child we have the privilege to educate." 

Tatiana Messina Mullen

B.A. Villanova University

J.D. New York Law School

Employed by the Connecticut State Division of Criminal Justice as a Senior Assistant State’s Attorney for 15 years

Tatiana Messina Mullen grew up in Orange and is a product of the excellent Orange school system. After some years away, due to continuing her educational endeavors elsewhere and starting her own family, she found herself moving back to this great town, where she lives with her husband and daughter. 

“As both a candidate and the mother of a child who will be just starting her journey through the Orange Public Schools, it is important that we all work together to make sure that the youngest members of our town obtain the best possible educational experience that will benefit them throughout the years.

It is equally as important that we work collaboratively to foster a safe and welcoming school environment so the children of our close knit community feel comfortable and trustworthy of their educators.”



Christina Levere D'Addio

Assistant Director of Public Affairs,
Southern Connecticut State University

M.F.A in Writing,
Vermont College of Fine Arts

B.S. in Journalism,
Ithaca College

Co-Corresponding Secretary,
Racebrook Elementary School PTA

“As the parent of three school-aged children in both the Orange and Amity school systems, I have a personal interest in preserving and enhancing the quality of our top-rated schools. I will bring 20 years of experience in higher education to the position, as well as a desire to introduce reasonable, appropriate solutions to the ever-changing landscape that is unique to our community. I also will strive to maintain respectful, thoughtful dialogue as we address how best to maintain the reputation of Amity's school district, one that is known for excellence and innovation."

Sean Hartshorn

Graduate Amity High School

Porter and Chester Institute of Technology
2 year automotive repair program

City of West Haven Police mechanic, 2013- current

Orange Country Fair Committee

Orange Republican Town Committee

Sean is a lifetime Orange resident and lives here with his wife Nickie and his sons Deacon and Hunter.

"As a member of the Amity Board of Education I will support traditional academic education which is vital. Training in the trades is also an important alternative that I will support.

Programs that encourage a strong work ethic, teach the joy and value of hard work and the ability to work with others is a key component of our students' future success.

I will also encourage our youth and their parents to become involved in the community."



Jody Daymon

Mike Donadeo

Glen Papelo

Dan Zapatka