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SHELTON-Rosa DeLauro’s loss is Susan Bysiewicz’s gain.
Jimmy Tickey, DeLauro’s longtime campaign manager, will oversee business community outreach and economic development initiatives on behalf of Bysiewicz, the incoming lieutenant governor. Monday.
He was one of five appointment announced by Bysiewicz Monday. The others are Juliemar Ortiz, a former New Haven Register reporter as her press secretary; Adam Joseph as her chief of staff; Cherie Phoenix-Sharpe as her general counsel and Samuel Carmody as senior advisor for legislative affairs.
Tickey,31, is a lifelong city resident and an elected member of the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission where he has been a vocal opponent of large scale developments bordering residential areas like the massive Towne Center at Shelter Ridge and a proposed apartment complex on Long Hill Cross Road. .
“Serving as Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro‘s campaign manager for eight years was an experience of a lifetime,” Tickey said Monday. “I feel like I learned from the best not just about politics, but how you can make government work for people and get results for working families.”
Tickey said he has known Bysiewicz, the former Secretary of the State, for several years.
“We’ve discussed ideas in pursuing an economic agenda that helps small businesses and fosters good economic development across Connecticut,” he said. “I am very excited about this opportunity to serve Connecticut with a focus on economic development under the leadership of Governor-elect (Ned) Lamont and Lt. Governor-elect Bysiewicz.”
Despite the new job and additional hours it will require, Tickey said he will remain on the Planning and Zoning commission and continue to live in Shelton
“That’s great news,” said Greg Tetro, a Shelton activist and one of the leaders in Save Our Shelton which has challenged and defeated several massive development projects in the city. “Jimmy’s been a responsible voice for responsible development on the commission.”
Tetro hopes Tickey can use his experience to bring “good development and paying jobs” not just to the Valley but across the state.
“He’s a young guy full of ambition who’s very smart with a lot of energy,” Tetro said. “He’s a good choice.”
As a 17-year-old student at Shelton High, Tickey created an online web design and marketing business he named Jimmy’s World. He took that experience to Fordham University where he graduated with a degree in business management.
Over the years Tickey has been very active in Valley politics and community service. He’s served as the Valley United Way’s community campaign chairman as well as vice chairman of their board of directors. He is a co-founder of Celebrate Shelton which hosts summer concerts, a board member of the Lower Naugatuck Valley Boys and Girls Club, a corporator for Derby’s Griffin Hospital and a vice chairman of True Colors’ board of directors.
“Serving in local office has given me a first-hand experience in seeing the revitalization that is happening across so many regions like the Naugatuck Valley,” he said noting that several old, vacant factory buildings in Ansonia, Derby and Shelton are being transformed into “unique businesses like breweries, apartments and restaurants.”
In announcing her team Bysiewicz said they bring “both diverse perspectives as well as strong experience in local, state and federal government.”
Joseph will oversee strategic planning, communications, policy, legislative matters and operations. He has served as communications director for State Senate President Pro Tempore Martin M. Looney and the senate Democratic caucus since 2011. Prior to that he was the communications director and legislative director for John DeStefano Jr. during the latter’s stint as New Haven’s mayor and also Bysiewicz’s deputy communications director when she served as Secretary of the State. He and his wife, Adriana, live in New Haven.
Phoenix-Sharpe leaves her post as New Haven’s deputy corporation counsel to join Bysiewicz as her chief legal advisor. She and her husband, Shadeed live in Hamden.
Carmody served as campaign manager during Bysiewicz’s successful 2018 primary and general election campaigns. Previously he was a member of both DeLauro’s and outgoing Attorney General George Jepsen’s staffs. He is a member of Wallingford’s Zoning Board of Appeals.
Ortiz is a former staff reporter for the New Haven Register where she covered public safety, politics and education. Since 2017, she’s been the press aide to the Senate Democratic Caucus. . Ortiz was born in Bridgeport and now lives in New Haven.