Name: Marc D’Amelio

Party: Republican

Office sought: At Large Board of Education Member

Job Title and Employer: Founder and President of Level 4 Collective Showroom in New York City. Level 4 Collective is an apparel showroom and sales agency representing national brands: Mitchell & Ness and Umbro USA.

Family:

Wife: Heidi D’Amelio. Heidi is an amazing wife, mother, and photographer and is from Lafayette, Louisiana.

Daughters: Dixie & Charli D’Amelio

Dixie is a 16-year-old sophomore at King School and is an aspiring model. She lettered in cross country at Norwalk High School and is currently a member of the Varsity Field Hockey Team at King School.

Charli is a 13-year-old eighth-grader at King School. She has been dancing for 10 years and does it competitively at The Spot at JD Studio in Norwalk.

Education:

Norwalk High School, Class of 1986

B.A., Political Science, 1991

The University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

Elected office experience: None

List your three top issues to address if you were to be elected:

1. Budgetary & Fiscal Pressures

2. Special Education

3. Negative School Perception

What sets you apart from other candidates?:

I am a self-made Norwalk Public School product that worked my way through childhood adversity to become a University of Connecticut graduate and a successful entrepreneur in the apparel industry. I am an analytic thinker with a strong creative and branding background. I understand this city, and it's people, and my love for it will guide my every move.

I am not fiscally conservative, but I do believe in being fiscally efficient. We need to scrutinize our budget and make sure we spend our money wisely. Many of my opponents have grandiose ideas on transforming our schools but come up empty with ideas on how to pay for it. We need to strike a balance of investing in creating top-notch schools while protecting our seniors and residents on fixed incomes from financial hardship.

I will work to create a policy to help change the perception of Norwalk Public Schools through rebranding and community outreach initiatives. I will devote myself to support our Special Education Parents and Students and work diligently to create a SPED program second to none. Finally, I would like to help create a "life skills" program for all Norwalk Students. I find many kids graduate from high school and are college and career ready but lack the fundamental life skills like balancing a checkbook, applying for a loan or household budgeting. Think home economics for the 21st Century!

We need a diverse board to represent the people of Norwalk, and I know I will bring unique perspective and skill set to the job. I am humbled to be a candidate and appreciate your vote on November 7.

List political or community activities:

Elected past President of the Norwalk High School Parents Club & PTO.

Elected parent member of the Norwalk High School Governance Council.

Norwalk High School Governance Council Budget Committee.