Town Council Biographies

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C.J. Thomas, Chair, Republican

18 Hobart Street
Farmington, CT 06032

C.J. Thomas has a background that includes thirty plus years of experience in business, finance, and government. His company, Ray H. Morris, is in the distribution business and has serviced the steel turning industry for almost eighty years. The company has also supplied products for the ground source heat pump (geothermal) industry. He and his wife Alex raised their two children, Charlie & Chris, in Farmington. During those years they spent countless hours working with and volunteering in the Farmington Public School system, including Friends of Music and various sports teams. They are members of St. Patrick Church and make great use of the miles of trails throughout town. Community involvement was always an integral part of the Thomas family life. Over the years C.J. has served on many boards and commissions throughout town including the Town Council, TPZ, FVGLA, BAC, Retirement Board, Green Efforts Committee, WPCA and BFF.

Joseph Capodiferro, Republican- First District 

101  Woodruff Road
Farmington, CT  06032

Joseph Capodiferro is a third generation Farmington resident. He currently lives with his wife Kim and their two children Nathan and Cooper, who attend Farmington schools. Joe is also a third generation police officer for the Town. He retired in 2016 after 26 years of service to Farmington.  During his time at the police department he served as the K-9 Officer, working side by side with K-9 Drak. In addition to working as a police officer, Joe has been a real estate agent since 2003 for New England Realty Advisors. His prior community service includes Farmington Community Chest, UNICO, and being a chauffeur to his two children. 

Brian ConnollyDemocrat- First District

43 Gail Road
Farmington, CT 06032

Brian F. X. Connolly and his wife Denise have lived in Farmington since 1997. They have two daughters, Caitlin and Shannon, who graduated from the Farmington public school system. Brian has been an avid civic volunteer and community leader. He was a member of the Farmington Economic Development Commission since 2008. He also served on the Farmington Village Center Committee and the Batterson Park Development Joint Advisory Committee. His commitments to local organizations highlight his interest in improving quality of life for Farmington and its residents. Brian is president-elect for the Rotary Club of Farmington, and has served on the Farmington Library Board of Trustees, the Parish Council of St. Patrick Church and as Deputy Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus’ Rev. M. Ernest Wilson Council 20. Brian has spent 35 years in broadcast and corporate media production, advertising and business-to-business marketing. He was co-owner of Northern Lights Communications, Inc., a video production company in Bristol, CT serving the media needs of east coast corporations and the content production needs of ESPN. Brian is currently working with LiveWell as Director of Marketing and Community Engagement.

Edward Giannaros, Democrat- Second District 

9 Mallard Drive
Farmington, CT 06001

Edward Giannaros is a life-long resident of Farmington. He is a financial analyst with experience in data analysis, forecasting and long-term planning. He has worked at The Travelers since 2007. Edward earned his MBA (with a concentration in Finance) from The Barney School of Business at the University of Hartford, and his BBA in International Business from The George Washington University. He attended Farmington public schools and graduated from Farmington High School. Edward served on the Zoning Board of Appeals from 2006-2017, and was elected Chairman of ZBA for five of those years.

Christopher Fagan, Republican- Second District 

4 Longridge Court
Unionville, CT 06085

Chris was born and raised in Kensington and along with his wife, Patty and children, Kate (FHS ’14) and Brendan (FHS ’16), has resided in Unionville for 22 years. Chris is a graduate of both Boston College and The University of Connecticut School of Law and practiced law privately in Hartford before joining the insurance industry approximately 20 years ago where he now works for a major, global insurance company. Chris presently manages directors and officers liability litigation in the healthcare industry across the country. Chris was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Board of Education in 2014 and welcomed the opportunity to volunteer his time to the community that has served him and has family so well. Chris also served as Chair of the Board of Education from 2016 until his election to the Town Council in 2019. Chris and his family are members of St. Mary’s Parish in Unionville.

Peter Mastrobattista, Republican- First District 

18 Church Street
Farmington, CT 06032

Peter and his family have called Farmington home for three generations. He lives with his wife, Laura, and they've raised their two daughters in this special place. He is a former two-term Town Council member and 20 plus year member of the Farmington Volunteer Fire Department. He is Vice President of the Bass Plating Company.

 Gary Palumbo, Republican- Second District

11 Crosswood Road
Farmington, CT 06032

Gary has owned Farmington Jewelers in Unionville for 15 years and live in Farmington in the Highlands neighborhood.  He has  been married to his wife, Amy, for 32 years they have two children, a son Anthony and a daughter, Deanna.

For many years, Gary has enjoyed supporting and being involved in many Farmington organizations, fundraisers, religious groups, sports teams, and more through both his business and his personal life.  Town Council is a natural extension of his commitment to our town.  He hopes to bring the perspective of the small business owner community to the Town Council and the perspective of the elderly who come into his business and talk about their struggles to stay in town due to tax increases and other elderly issues. Gary has served on the Zoning Board of Appeals and is committed to continuing to work to maintain the remarkably high quality of life enjoyed in Farmington.