Representative Candelora resides in North Branford with his wife, Carolyn, and three children, Christopher, Thomas, and Ava. He was elected to his fourth term in the State House of Representatives in November of 2012, representing the 86th District which encompasses North Branford and portions of Durham, Guilford and Wallingford. He is an active member in the community where he serves on the Executive Board of the North Branford Little League, the league coordinator for PeeWee American and serves as a Boy Scout adult leader. He enjoys coaching all three of his children in little league, basketball and softball. He has served as President of North Branford’s Chamber of Commerce and is Past-President of the North Branford Rotary Club. In 2005, he spearheaded Rotary’s Centennial Project Committee, which constructed bathrooms and a concession stand at the North Branford High School. Prior to the Council, he served as Vice Chair of the North Branford Zoning Board of Appeals and Treasurer to the Republican Town Committee. He is an active member with St. Augustine Church where he has served two terms on the Parish Counsel, one year as President.
In his four terms of service, Vincent has advocated for efficiencies in government. He currently serves on the Commission on Enhancing Agency Outcomes, which is charged with reducing the redundancies in state government. He continually advocates for appropriate fraud measures to be put in place for our state and community action agencies in order to ensure that only those who truly need state services receive them. For the 2011-12 and the 2013-2014 terms he was tapped by House Republican Leader Lawrence F. Cafero to be one of two Deputy House Republican Leaders. He serves on the legislature’s Planning and Development, Regulation Review, Legislative Management and Finance Revenue and Bonding committees. Candelora also serves as the Chair of the screening committee that is tasked with reviewing all legislation before it is put up for a vote in the House.
Vincent has served on the North Branford Town Council for three terms, one term as Deputy Mayor. While on the Council, he served on the Islander East Pipeline Committee where he testified on behalf the Town of North Branford before the Siting Council and Federal Environmental Regulation Commission. Vincent serves on the Board of Education Strategic Planning Committee, which is responsible for reviewing and setting the goals and standards for the North Branford School System.
He works at Taconic Wire, a stitching wire manufacturing business and operates the Connecticut Sportsplex, both family owned businesses. Prior to this, he practiced municipal and transactional law with Susman, Duffy, & Segaloff, PC in New Haven and served as law clerk to the Honorable Antoinette L. Dupont, former Chief Judge of the Appellate Court of Connecticut. Vincent graduated from Connecticut College in 1992, and the Dickinson School of Law at Penn State in 1995, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Dickinson Law Review and selected for the Appellate Moot Court Board.