He’s only been living in Worcester for five years, but Gerado Schiano wants a city council seat to ensure the city’s success in the long haul.

In an interview on Friday, Aug. 25, Schiano said, “I got involved in the [city council] race because my wife and I are going to be in Worcester for a very long time. I want to make sure the city is going in the right direction and that our neighborhood is going to be taken care of.”

On Tuesday, Sept. 12, Schiano will be one of four candidates running for the District 1 City Council seat in a preliminary election to advance to the November 7 municipal election.

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A first generation Italian-American, Schiano’s parents emigrated to the United States in the early 1980s. Schiano grew up in Wilton, Connecticut where he graduated from Wilton high school before enrolling at Alfred University in New York.

Schiano, 32, of 47 Laconia Rd, earned his law degree at New England School of Law. Five years ago, he moved to Worcester with his now wife, Juliann Sullivan Schiano, of Worcester.

Every day, Schiano commutes back and forth to Boston where he works as an Associate at Lawson & Weitzen, LLP doing litigation and healthcare defense on medical malpractice cases.

“I think my skill set as an attorney is directly transferable to the job of a city councilor – representing, advocacy and client services,” Schiano said.

According to Schiano, his campaign is focused on two major  issues: improving Worcester’s neighborhoods and upgrading Worcester’s schools.

“My focus is on our neighborhoods, but more specifically improving our public schools. By improving our schools, it’s going to be a good way to get people to move into our neighborhoods. I think our public school children deserve the best possible facilities,” Schiano said.

“The school committee deals with all of the issues in the schools, but the city council handles the school system’s funding. I want to make sure that there’s enough funding to ensure that we can improve the schools,” he added.

Relatively new to the city, Schiano knows that name recognition is a big part of getting voters out and getting him voted into November’s election.

“I’ve been working hard and my family has been working hard in support of me. I think no matter what happens on the 12th, I’m going to be happy. Even if I don’t make it past the [preliminary election] my name is going to still be out there and people will know me and notice me,” Schiano said.

If he is elected, Schiano will make it his purpose to make sure Doherty Memorial high school gets the funding it needs to begin the rebuilding process.

“The biggest thing I want to see is money going towards rebuilding Doherty,” Schiano said. “I want to make sure we are building up funds to pay for it because the state is going to pay up to 80 percent of it.”

If he doesn’t make it past the preliminary, Schiano still aims to remain active in District 1 and throughout the city.

Schiano said, “I see my support out there and I see everyone else’s support out there. I think we are all going to do well and be proud of any support we get. Whether or not, I’ll be in the top two remains to be seen.”

He added, “No matter what, I’m here for the long haul. I’m going to be serving the district in one capacity or another and I plan to be a voice in the community. I want to still be able to do things for the community and I plan to.”

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