Gentile, Linda M.

District towns: Ansonia, Derby

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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

Occupation: Legislator

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.