Dr. William “Bill” Pizzuto, the retiring Director Of UConn -Waterbury and longtime public servant in the Greater Waterbury area, has announced that he intends to seek the 71st District House Seat made vacant by the retirement of his long-time friend and political colleague Rep. Anthony D’Amelio during a special election that will be held in early 2022.

The legislative seat serving Middlebury and a portion of Waterbury will become vacant Dec. 31 when D’Amelio steps away to spend more time with his family and run his restaurant in the Brass City. “While I’ve spent the majority of my life advocating for our communities and our amazing people, this opportunity is most exciting to me because of the positive impact I can continue to have on the lives of so many people,” said Pizzuto. “It would be an honor to represent Middlebury and Waterbury during these difficult times as we work to make our neighborhoods safer and our state a more affordable place to live and conduct business. My passions include honoring our veterans, caring for our elderly, educating our youth and assuring safe and secure communities in which we can all live and prosper.” Dr. Pizzuto will seek the Republican nomination when the seat becomes vacant. Aside from his work at UConn, Pizzuto currently serves on the advisory boards of Waterbury Hospital, Savings Bank of Danbury, Naugatuck Valley Community College, and the Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board. His past service includes chairman of the Greater Waterbury Chamber of Commerce, Alderman for the City of Waterbury, as well as numerous Boards and Commissions including the Police Board, Fire Board and Civil Service Commission. Dr. Pizzuto, 65 years old, lives in Middlebury with his wife, Michelle. He has two daughters Stephanie and Jessica.