Ansonia Aldermen have elected a new member.
During a special meeting March 21, they voted 9-2 to replace Fifth Ward Alderman Anthony Cassetti with Joseph Jaumann.
Cassetti, the son of Mayor David Cassetti, was elected on the Republican ticket in 2013 and 2015 but recently moved to Southbury.
Jaumann, who ran unsuccessfully as the GOP nominee against state Rep. Linda Gentile last year, was chairman of the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission until his appointment as an Alderman, at which point he submitted a letter resigning from the P&Z to avoid conflicts.
Jaumann, who lives on Wakelee Avenue, works as a lawyer in Bridgeport. He was nominated by Second Ward Alderman Lorie Vaccaro.
Vaccaro pointed out Jaumann’s P&Z chairmanship, as well as his membership on the Economic Development Commission and his work as a youth baseball coach.
Fifth Ward Alderwoman Joan Radin nominated Millie Rios, a Democrat who works as an office manager for H&R Block.
“We need more women on the board,” Radin said, noting that Rios often attends public meetings. “I think she’d be a very nice addition to the board.”
Third Ward Democrat Joseph Jeanette questioned whether Jaumann could be an Alderman without resigning from the P&Z first.
Corporation Counsel John Marini said the charter doesn’t prohibit an Alderman from sitting on other commissions.
Radin and Jeanette voted for Rios. The rest of the Aldermen present, all Republicans, voted for Jaumann.
Afterward Rios, who ran unsuccessfully for Alderman on the Democratic ticket in 2015, thanked Radin for nominating her.
She said she anticipates running for the board again this November.
Jaumann’s appointment means the Republicans retain a 12-2 majority on the board.