Edward Giannaros was re-elected to the Farmington, Connecticut Town Council, 2nd District, on Tuesday, November 5th. Edward, a Democrat, has served two years on the Town Council. However, he is not new to the political arena. Before being elected to the Town Council in 2017, he served for twelve years on the Zoning Board of Appeals with five years as Chairman. He is the son of Demetrios Giannaros who is the former State Representative for Farmington and former Majority Leader and Deputy Speaker of the Connecticut House of Representatives.
Edward is a Financial Analyst who currently works as a Finance Software Developer for The Travelers. He has an MBA, with a concentration in Finance, from the Barney School of Business at the University of Hartford and a BBA in International Business from The George Washington University.
He has used his financial expertise on the Town Council to champion fiscally responsible budgets that were easily passed by voters in public referendums. Edward was a driving force to adopt a competitive bidding process that will save taxpayer dollars, create a more transparent budget and to switch to a health insurance plan that will maintain benefits while saving money.
When asked how he became interested in running for political office, Edward said, “My interest began with helping my father during his campaigns when I was still in grade school. Both my parents came to this country from Greece. My father, Demetrios, was born in Samos and my mother, Liz, was born in Athens. They both are active in public service and raised my brother, Jason, and I to understand that we must all participate in our community, if we want to preserve the best of it and improve what can be made better. I’m happy to give back to the community and country that has given me so much.”
In addition to serving in the Connecticut House of Representatives, his father, Demetrios Giannaros, was elected President of the World Hellenic Inter-Parliamentary Association for seven years and Vice-President for two years. The WHIA is a world-wide organization of elected parliamentarians and ministers of Greek heritage. Edward’s mother serves on Farmington’s Board of Assessment Appeals and is a Justice of the Peace. She also served as Deputy Registrar of Voters and was Clerk of the Committee on Children in the Connecticut General Assembly. Both Demetrios and Liz have a long history of working on political campaigns to help candidates such as Michael Dukakis for Governor, Paul Tsongas and Edward Kennedy for US Senate, and Barack Obama for President, along with numerous others in Connecticut. His brother, Jason Giannaros, worked for US Senator Richard Blumenthal in DC before going to the University of Southern California to study for a PhD in international relations and security studies.
Asked for his view on public service, Edward replied, “I very much enjoy helping people and continuing my family’s long tradition of public service. The ancient Greeks believed citizens should be involved in the public arena. I see myself as following in the democratic tradition of my Greek ancestors.”