Michael J. Brandi
Michael J. Brandi has been Executive Director and General Counsel of the State Elections Enforcement Commission since February 3, 2012. Mr. Brandi became the Commission's sixth Executive Director and General Counsel, following the departure of Albert P. Lenge, who retired in September 2011. The appointment of Mr. Brandi concluded a rigorous six-month search to fill the vacant position, and happened at a time when the agency was in flux due to agency consolidations.
Mr. Brandi, a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Law and the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, was a practicing attorney from Hamden, Connecticut. For the previous seven years, he worked at the firm of Cohen and Acampora in East Haven, specializing in municipal, administrative and business law, and serving as advisor to dozens of corporations and business entities. From 2002 to 2004, he served as the Chief Administrative Officer of the Town of Hamden, where he administered operations for the town of 58,000, and was responsible for supervising and coordinating the operations of 13 municipal departments. Prior to that he worked at the firm of Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, as a member of the firm's Litigation, Corporate and Real Estate Practice Groups. Mr. Brandi is an experienced administrator and attorney, practicing law in Connecticut since 1996.
Commissioner Stephen F. Cashman said, after an exhaustive nationwide search for candidates to fill the position of Executive Director and General Counsel we were fortunate to have found a pool of highly qualified candidates from which to choose. Michael Brandi is an exceptionally talented and dynamic person and a respected attorney. In light of the challenges we face in the area of public campaign financing and agency consolidation issues, it is essential to have someone with his experience and energy to lead the Commission through this difficult time.
Mr. Brandi resides in Hamden with his wife, Dr. Eileen Denny, and their four children, Michael, Vincent, Caitlin and Molly.
The State Elections Enforcement Commission is responsible for ensuring independent, non-partisan enforcement of all election laws in Connecticut as well as providing campaign finance advice and serving as the repository for all state-wide campaign finance reports and committee registrations. Since 2005, the Commission also has been home to the Citizens' Election Program, Connecticut's innovative, successful public financing program.