Charles Montalbano plans run for Milford City Clerk

Charles Montalbano has announced plans to seek the Democratic nomination to run for Milford City Clerk against incumbent Linda Stock in November.

Stock has already announced that she will seek another term as City Clerk.

Montalbano is a commissioner on Milford Redevelopment and Housing Authority and a member of the board of directors at Bridges, where he also served as a mentor with the Bridges Across Ages program.

“Charlie is an example of the kind of individual we all want to see seek public office,” Mayor Ben Blake said. “He is a small business owner, father, grandfather with a lifelong commitment to public service. He comes to this race for all the right reasons.”

Montalbano is a small business owner, a furniture designer and he works for Verizon Wireless.

"I enter this race simply because I think I would do a good job for our city and our residents,” Montalbano said. “I will look to develop an atmosphere in which our citizens are welcomed in the city clerks’ office, where each will receive the assistance they require in a timely and efficient manner. I’d also like to see a greater leveraging of technologies which might allow people to transact more of their city business from the comfort of their own homes instead of having to drive into a city office.”

Former Mayor and City Clerk Alan Jepson endorsed Montalbano's candidacy, commenting, "Charlie has demonstrated, through the years, his devotion to helping people. I am confident he will serve our city well as city clerk and registrar of vital records."

Stock is running for her third term as city clerk, and has said during her tenure that more documents and information are available online and that she is committed to making the office even more user friendly by making more information available via computer.

At the March 28 meeting of the Milford Republican Town Committee, Stock announced her intention to seek a third term in the 2013 municipal elections.

“I respectfully ask the citizens of our great city for their support and their vote in November,” said Stock as she addressed the Republican Town Committee. “Customer service continues to be job #1 in the city clerk’s office. Our team focuses on providing a superior level of customer service every day.”

Republican Town Committee Chairman Paul Beckwith said he thinks Stock does a great job as city clerk.

“With Linda’s extensive knowledge of our city, as well as her attention to detail in every facet of the clerk’s office, she is the obvious choice to continue to lead this great team,” Beckwith said.

Stock is a former Planning & Zoning Department employee, having worked her way up to zoning enforcement officer. She also is involved in civic groups, such as the Milford Oyster Festival and the Republican Town Committee.