With nearly half of Trumbull residents either senior citizens or youths, first selectman candidate Vicki Tesoro said, she intends to restore and reinvigorate the sense of community that should unite residents.

“Over 18% of Trumbull residents are 65 years of age or older,” Tesoro said. “The seniors will be consulted, both formally and informally, to gather their input on the programs and services currently offered, as well as what they would like to see added.”

Tesoro also committed to re-examining tax relief and deferral programs for seniors.

As for the one in four residents who are under 18, Tesoro said the town must provide a quality education and also activities and programs.

“Research shows that youth who are involved in, and feel valued by, their community perform better in school and are less likely to engage in risky or illegal behaviors,” she said.

If elected, Tesoro pledged to reinstate the Youth Commission, revitalize the Teen Center at Indian Ledge and return the Trumbull Association, which provides youth theater and the arts, to an independent line item in the budget.

“With collaboration and community engagement, our town thrives,” she said. “We are better together.”