Jerry Farrell Jr.

Public Office: Vice Chairman Wallingford Town Council, member 1995 to Present; Wallingford Selectman, early 1990s; Deputy Commissioner state Department of Consumer Protection, 2004-2006; Commissioner state Department of Consumer Protection, 2006-present.

Current Position: Commissioner state Department of Consumer Protection

Background: Farrell was appointed Connecticut Commissioner of Consumer Protection by Governor Rell in 2006 after serving as deputy commissioner for two years.

The department protects businesses and consumers through licensing, inspection, investigation and enforcement across a spectrum of consumer services.

As a onetime small businessman – he ran a small law practice for 11 years – Farrell has vowed to advocate for small businesses and establish a mentoring  program for new business owners.

“The next secretary of the state can play a key role in bringing business back to our state,” Farrell said in accepting his party’s nomination in May, adding he would try to streamline registration requirements for small businesses to encourage growth.

He is also pledging to do for the secretary of the state’s office what he did at consumer protection – consolidate record-keeping as a way to reign in costs. To underscore the point, he has been staging a “Shred-it” campaign around the state. Citizens can bring paper for shredding free of charge in a large mobile shredder.

Education: BA, The College of Holy Cross; JD, Villanova University

Personal: Farrell is 42, and married to Natalie Campisi. The couple has a daughter and a son and lives in Wallingford.