Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Candidate Profile: Matthew Fraulino Common Council (R)

The below information is a part of the Eye's Elections 2011 series to provide information to voting citizens and does not represent any endorsement by the Middletown Eye or any of its authors.

Matt Fraulino is a life-long resident of the City of Middletown and is the son of Michael and Rosemary Fraulino of Middletown. Matt is a product of the City of Middletown’s fine public school system, and graduated from Middletown High School with honors.

" The key to a stronger Middletown is to actively work with people who want to invest and know the local government is there to meet their needs," said Fraulino. "Mayor Giuliano has done that and I want to help him continue that record of success."

He went on to attend the University of Connecticut in Storrs where he majored in English. At UConn, Matt became very active with the University’s men’s basketball program and was a student-manager of the program under Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun. In this capacity, Matt attended all practices and was with the team both at home as well as on the road during the NCAA mens' basketball season.

His involvement with the program reached a milestone when he aided the program as a student-manager when the Huskies captured the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship in San Antonio, TX.

Matt graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from UConn and went to work for NBA and former UConn standout Ben Gordon as his manager during his 2005-06 NBA season with the Chicago Bulls. Knowing the importance of education, Matt decided to pursue a Master’s Degree in Sport Management from UConn.

After completing this Master’s coursework, Matt was offered a job in by Middlesex Chamber of Commerce president Larry McHugh as the Chamber’s director of public relations and media. Matt has been with the Chamber ever since this time.

At the Chamber, Matt enjoys working as an advocate of all types of business and has grown a true appreciation for the necessity of a vibrant business environment at the local level. Along with his work at the Chamber, he volunteers for the Middletown Mentor Program and spends one hour per week during the school year as a mentor with a student in the Middletown Public School System.

Matt’s parents, Michael and Rosemary, are both employed in the Middletown public school system, and he has two siblings: Peter and Elizabeth.

As a member of the Common Council, Matt will be an advocate for business development and continue investing his time mentoring at Lawrence Elementary school where he has volunteered for the past 3 years.

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