|Councilman Thomas Saadi
Tom Saadi is serving his 10th term on the Danbury City Council he is also the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) and serves as a Major in the U.S. Army Reserve. Tom is the City Council Democratic Leader and has served on and Chaired many Council Committees addressing issues ranging from public safety, neighborhood blight, Veteran and Senior tax relief and Education. Tom has opposed ill-conceived developments that would harm neighborhoods while supporting responsible business growth creating jobs with minimal negative impact on area residents. He is a champion of veterans and military personnel issues passing laws to increase their local benefits and property tax relief. He worked with local, state and federal officials to construct the Army Reserve Center in Danbury, to keep the Danbury DMV and the Main Street Post Office open.
Prior to his appointment as DVA Commissioner Tom served as the Acting Commissioner and was Chief of Staff and General Counsel for the DVA. He previously served as an Assistant Attorney General and Special Prosecutor responsible for many major investigations and cases resulting in the recover of millions of dollars for the State and Connecticut consumers. Tom joined the Army Reserve in 2005 and was promoted to the rank of Captain in 2007 and to Major in 2014, he currently serves as the Senior Legal Officer for the 411th Civil Affairs Battalion. Tom has received awards and commendations including the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Achievement Medal (x3), and Army Commendation Medal (x3).
Tom is a member of Saint Anthony Church Parish, the Lebanon American Club, Amerigo Vespucci Lodge, Portuguese Cultural Center and the Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Center as well as the American Legion and Catholic War Veterans Posts in Danbury where he resides with his wife Valerie Ventura-Saadi and their twin children, Sabrina Marie and Jacob Thomas. Tom is a graduate of Western Connecticut State University, Quinnipiac College School of Law (Cum Laude) and the Army's Command and General Staff College.
Councilman John Esposito III
John Esposito III is serving his second term on the City Council and has been active in both neighborhood and Citywide quality of life issues including strengthening the Durbury noise ordinance, increased security at town parks, upgrades to local roads and bridges and working with teachers, administrators and parents to support local neighborhood schools including Shelter Rock School.
John is a licensed plumber working for a small local business so he understands the needs of businesses and of working families. He has voted against tax increases for Danbury residents while supporting new laws and policies that help local responsible businesses to grow. He has done this while fighting to protect neighborhoods from onerous and irresponsible developments and projects that would negatively impact traffic safety, property values and the quality of life we enjoy in the 4th Ward. This includes the fight against the proposed Plumtrees Road Garbage Transfer Station.
As the grandson and name-sake of John Esposito I, the longtime 4th Ward Councilman and World War II Marine Veteran, John Esposito III understands the needs of Veterans and our current service members. He knows that we must keep faith with out Veterans, Service members and their families and he has been their to honor our local soldiers prior to deployment and to welcome them when they return home. Supporting initiatives to grow the relationship between the City of Danbury and our local Army Reserve and National Guard Units.
John was born and raised in Danbury, he attended Danbury public schools and in 2013 married his wife Jessica. In 2015 their son John J. Esposito IV was born and in November 2017 their daughter Daphne.