District towns: Ansonia, Derby
Election history: Gentile was elected to an open seat by 339 votes in 2004, succeeding nine-term Democrat Vincent J. Tonucci. Her only opposition in 2008 was a petitioning candidate.
2008 general election
|Linda M. Gentile (D)||6,423||87 percent|
|Mary E. Porter (P)||963||13 percent|
Public financing: Gentile received $15,000 in public financing for her campaign under the Citizens’ Election Program. She returned $10,487.47 in surplus funds.
Background: After an 18-year career in banking, Gentile became an aide to a state senator and then the chief of staff to Ansonia’s mayor.
Committees: Commerce, Planning and Development, Public Health
Education: B.A., Sacred Heart University
2008 Financial Disclosure: Gentile reported no wage income other than her legislative salary. Her husband, John Gentile, is a retired educator. They have income from a rental property in Ansonia. They own a home and the rental property in Ansonia.
They own three mutual funds.
Gentile reported owing debts in excess of $10,000 to CitiMortgage, American Honda Finance and Wepawaug Flagg Federal Credit Union.
A note on financial disclosure: Every spring, officials are required to disclose the ownership of real estate, the source of any income exceeding $1,000 in the previous calendar year and securities worth more than $5,000.