West Haven election: Silvana Apicella candidate for city council


WEST HAVEN, CT – The 2021 municipal election is heating up in West Haven with many races on the ballot.

Voters will go to the polls on Tuesday, November 2 and vote for the post of mayor, as well as seats on city council, the board of education and more.

West Haven Patch has asked candidates to answer questions about their campaigns and will post candidate profiles as Election Day approaches.

Republican Silvana Apicella, 48, is running for office in West Haven City Council in the 8th District.

Occupation: 17 years in the communications industry, currently shipping / logistics

Son, Lorenzo 18
Fiancé Angel Cadena (2x candidate from 3rd Congressional District

To live: Nothing

Family in government: No

The biggest problem in town is ______, and I plan to do this about it:

Unfortunately my answer is the same as 2 years ago, we still face the same urgent problem of high taxes due to lack of development and lack of fiscal responsibility. I will vote for any appropriate use of our shoreline and bring development to our city. I will also make sure that the administration respects the ordinance on the balanced budget, which obliges the financial director to submit a report detailing the state of income and expenditure of the City at the end of each financial quarter. This has not happened since the adoption of the ordinance.

Critical differences between me and my opponents:

The differences are clear, this is my 3rd consecutive time. I show my commitment to the city, time and time again, through my work with local civic organizations such as the Ladies Auxiliary of the Italo-American Civics Association and the West Haven Elks # 1537. “Pizza Wars” was an extremely successful event in 2019. We raised enough money to award 5 scholarships to high school students in West Haven who excelled in Italian. Even during the pandemic I had the opportunity to help “Serve Your Servers” at Johnny’s Grille, some affected residents / many Republicans came together to give back to the people who make their money serving us. At that time, they were not in a position not only to work, but to collect unemployment. We distributed around 120 care packages that day.

I have no other agenda than to serve my community. I have no connection with any political faction in the city. I do not work in town hall. I am an extremely hard worker. I want our city to prosper and I want young families to experience a piece of West Haven that I had growing up. I think it’s great that my opponents care enough about running for office. It is not an easy thing to do and I wish them well.


Over the years, I have received several workplace awards for outstanding commitment and dedication to serving my clients at work, as well as for working quickly under pressure. Nor can I stress enough what was done during my tenure on the Charter review. It is very clear to see with such recommendations what my intentions are. In work and in life I am a hard worker who always looks at the big picture and thinks outside the box.

Other issues:

I am fully committed to bringing fiscal responsibility, genuine economic development, improved quality of life, educational excellence and honesty and open lines of communication between my constituents and the Council.

What would you want voters to know about you?

I have lived in this city all my life. I bought my house in the same neighborhood where I grew up so that my son and I could be near my parents. I have spent summers in Italy and I am bilingual. I was a competitive figure skater, who started in the Learn to Skate program in West Haven and also trained in Lake Placid. I have always worked hard, as a single mom I went to school, finally finishing my degree in 2011 with a BS in Business Management. I am also passionate about animals, as a BARC-CT Animal Rescue volunteer I have encouraged and helped find homes for many dogs over the years. In 2019, I was a member of the Charter Review Commission where we submitted the most daring recommendations to restructure our city government. We recognized, as a commission, that the way our city currently operates is not working, and in many ways our policies and policies have hindered our progress. I have no other goal than to love this city and its people. I plan to work diligently with everyone as a team to help restore West Haven to its glory and bring relief to its people.


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