Valerie DePaolo

Valerie DePaoloCandidate, Town Council

Valerie “Val” DePaolo was raised in Southington, graduated from Southington High School and attended Boston University on a full basketball scholarship. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and attended New England School of Law in Boston earning her Juris Doctor degree in 1987. After being admitted to the Massachusetts Bar, Val continued to reside and work in the Boston area until returning to her hometown with her wife and two sons in 2001. Val has been a partner in the local law firm of Sheffy, Mazzaccaro, DePaolo, DeNigris, LLP since 2004 and her practice focuses primarily on estate and elder law planning, probate and real estate.

Currently, Val is an officer and board member of the Main Street Community Foundation and also serves as a member of the Foundation’s Bradley Barnes Advisory Committee. She is a board member of the Southington Library and Museum, a member of the Southington Library Advocacy Committee, an officer of The DePaolo Family Foundation, a member of the SHS Business Advisory Committee, a member of VITAS Ethics Committee, a member of the Southington Dementia Friendly Initiative action team and a volunteer with the Southington Animal Control facility. Val’s past involvement includes The United Way Board of Directors, Southington Sports Hall of Fame Committee and Board of Deacons and Stephen Ministry at First Congregational Church.

In addition to her community volunteer activities, Val has coached basketball for both boys and girls at the youth, middle school and high school levels and is a certified yoga teacher. She has enjoyed raising her sons in the same town in which she grew up and where her family has a long history. She is honored and so excited to possibly follow in her grandfather’s (Valentine DePaolo) and her father’s (William V. DePaolo) footsteps as members of the Southington Town Council. She learned from both of them that listening to the needs of the citizens, working in a cooperative and compassionate manner with other elected officials and, ultimately, making decisions that are in the best interests of the community will generally foster a positive resolution to the issues of the day. Val looks forward to meeting and talking with voters to hear about their concerns and their vision for the town and how she can help to make their voices heard.

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