The following is information supplied and condensed from a press release:

Economic development professional and Wilton resident Keith Rodgerson was unanimously endorsed to run as the Democratic challenger in the 143rd state assembly district at a convention held Tuesday, May 20 at Wilton Town Hall. The swing district includes voters in portions of Wilton, Norwalk, and Westport and is considered by Democrats to be a key race this fall.

Rodgerson, who graduated from Redding’s Joel Barlow High School and Harvard University summa cum laude, offers a long career in economic planning and development and currently works as the executive director of the Neighborhood District Economic Development Corporation (NDEDC), which provides support to small businesses, the foundation of a strong economy.

Rodgerson addressed the convention to thank delegates for their support and to preview the upcoming campaign.

“I am running because I believe we can do better. We can do more to make our area affordable for our families and seniors. We can do more to support our local businesses, protect them from big box development, and create an environment where they can thrive. And we can do more to support our children and public education, from pre-K to college. I believe we can achieve progress, but we need to have a representative with a seat at the table and the experience and pragmatic nature to get there.”

According to the press release, Rodgerson plans to make economic growth and bipartisanship important themes of his campaign, and applauded the Governor’s efforts working with the Connecticut Business and Industry Association and labor leaders on tax reform and tax policies that will further stimulate economic activity. “Southern Fairfield County is very competitive and expanding but we must not lose sight of how fragile things can be, especially with a vocal minority in Hartford who continually want to implement lobbyist-authored policies from Texas and afar that will only stunt the very growth they claim to support.”

Charlie Lewis, longtime Wilton resident and winner of the DTC 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award, nominated Rodgerson.

“Keith brings a real world perspective that we need in Hartford. As a lifelong Connecticut resident, parent of a young child, business proponent, and active citizen, he understands the complexities of today’s society and has the experience to help lead us through it. Most importantly, he has the integrity we all want and deserve in a representative, and I know that he will put the interests of the people above all,” Lewis said.

Convention chairman and Wilton DTC chair Thomas Dec thanked Rodgerson for mounting a vigorous campaign and anticipated the race against incumbent State Rep. Gail Lavielle.

“There are a lot of questions about who Rep. Lavielle is advocating for up in Hartford. On key issues ranging from consumer protection to the budget to education, Rep. Lavielle has not been serving the interests of her constituents, but partisan and special interests instead. We need a voice more in tune with the needs of all of the residents of the 143rd district and one who will take a thoughtful, independent approach. Keith is that voice,” Dec said. 

Rodgerson closed with a statement regarding the lack of productivity in Hartford.

“We must do more than ‘work diligently’ and ‘fight.’  We must perform the hard, anonymous work that leads to a regular allocation of resources and the passage of meaningful, representative legislation.”

Rodgerson lives in Wilton with his wife, Maryli, and three-year old son, Jasper.

One reply on “Democrats Nominate Keith Rodgerson to Challenge Gail Lavielle”

  1. If Mr. Dec has questions on who Gail Lavielle is advocating
    for I would encourage him get out and speak to people in town.
    Speak to the parents, teachers, school administrators, and BOE members and they will tell you about all her great work on the task force for mandate relief, her work to
    keep local control of the school calendar, and her push for public hearings on
    the implementation of common core.
    Speak to commuters in this town and they will tell you about her success in getting Metro North to restore the early morning through train service to Grand Central. They will tell you about her work to get the grant approved for the walkway connecting Wilton station to the town center.
    Talk to the small business owners and trade organizations such as
    the Homebuilders & Remodelers Association of Fairfield County that voted
    her woman of the year in 2012 saying;

    “Gail has supported our HBRA with her open door policy, which includes attending our meetings on a regular basis, meeting us at the State Capitol during our Business Industry Day, and listening and helping with an open mind,” said HBRA President Peter Fusaro. “Gail has supported many proposals to make Connecticut’s government more efficient by reducing the tax burden on people and businesses across our state, which contributes to making it a better place to live, work and raise a family. HBRA has deep respect for Rep. Lavielle for her reputation as a business leader who delivers real-world skills and expertise to our building industry and

    There are many many more examples of Gail’s hard work. No one works harder as an advocate for the town of Wilton, the other towns in Representative Lavielle’s district and for the state of Connecticut. No one has done a better job at keeping in touch with her constituents and listening to what they say than Gail Lavielle.

    I am sure that once Mr. Dec speaks to a few people and avails himself of the facts, any confusion he may have will be cleared up.–rep-gail-lavielle-named-2012-women-of-the-year-byda88e33b1a

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