Several endorsements have been announced by the campaigns of Wilton candidates.This information has been compiled from press releases sent by the campaigns. The endorsements include:
Boucher–National Federation of Independent Business
- The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) endorsed State Sen. Toni Boucher (R-26) in her campaign for re-election on Sept. 17.
In a statement issued jointly by Andy Markowski, State Director, NFIB/Connecticut and Wendy Traub, Chair, NFIB/CT SAFE Trust Committee, the NFIB proclaimed to Boucher, “Your voting record over the last two legislative sessions on key issues important to small business indicated that you will continue to be committed to the needs of thousands of Main Street small businesses and their employees in Connecticut when you are re-elected to serve in Hartford.”
In receiving the endorsement, Boucher commented, “I’m extremely pleased that the NFIB has endorsed my campaign. I firmly believe that if we are to restore Connecticut to the vital, thriving state we once were, we must create an environment where businesses can grow and create jobs so that families can prosper. As the founder and former owner of a small business myself, I understand that what these people need is for our government to reduce the current tax burdens and regulations that make it so difficult for them to operate in the state. I remain committed to fighting for legislation that will do that.”
Boucher is Chief Deputy Senate Minority Leader; Ranking Member of the General Assembly’s Transportation, Education and Higher Education Committees; and Member of the Finance Committee. During her tenure in the Senate, she has sponsored the No-Tax Increase, balanced state budget, passed bi-partisan legislation to create jobs, stopped proposed increases in the gas tax and prevented the return of tolls on Connecticut highways. Her district includes Bethel, New Canaan, Redding, Ridgefield, Weston, Westport and Wilton.
- Boucher also received an endorsement from the Connecticut Association of Realtors (Connecticut Realtors).
Debra J. Chamberlain, president of CT Realtors, which represents over 15,000 members of the real estate community in Connecticut, issued this statement to Boucher on Sept. 18:
“On behalf of Connecticut Realtors, we’re pleased to relay that our association voted to endorse your candidacy for Senate district 26. We carefully evaluate candidates in determining who may best ensure there is a positive environment for living in or transferring property in Connecticut. Real estate is essential to economic recovery and stability in the state and the nation, and helps to build communities. Thank you for your commitment to serve.”
Boucher said of the endorsement, “I’m truly pleased to receive this recognition from Connecticut Realtors. Our realtors are the sales and marketing team for Connecticut. They know what attracts people to our state. Their job has been made more difficult by Connecticut’s high cost of living and pension and inheritance taxes. I firmly believe that in order to restore Connecticut to the thriving state that attracted so many of us here, we must reduce taxes and government spending, which have placed such a burden on our families and businesses. People want to be able to afford to live and work in Connecticut – to own or rent a home, raise a family, run a business and retire here. I’m committed to fight for lower taxes on real estate as well as businesses, cars, gas, pensions and inheritance and to spend strategically on transportation and education.”
Rodgerson–American Federation of Teachers Connecticut
- The American Federation of Teachers Connecticut (AFT) have given their endorsement to Keith Rodgerson for the Nov. 4 General Assembly election.
Melodie Peters, CT president of the AFT, said that Rodgerson received AFT’s endorsement due to “(his) commitment to working families,” adding that, “this election is very important to the people of Connecticut. We need strong leadership that will help turn this State around and your election is a critical part of this.”
Rodgerson thanked the AFT for their endorsement, saying, “I am humbled by their trust in me. These are challenging times in education. Once I get to Hartford, I will work very hard in making sure that our educational priorities continue to move forward.”The AFT endorsement follows the release of Rodgerson’s education platform last week. Highlights of the platform include supporting increases to public school Educational Cost Sharing (ECS) funding, universal Pre-K, and the expansion of the UConn system. Other parts of the platform include strengthening STEM in the high schools, trade programs, private partnerships, and connections to institutions of higher learning.
AFT Connecticut represents more than 29,000 workers in the public and private sectors. Their membership includes teachers, school related personnel including paraprofessionals, state employees, healthcare workers, and higher education faculty and staff.
- The Connecticut Realtors have also endorsed State Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-143) for reelection on Nov. 4.
“We carefully evaluate candidates in determining who may best ensure there is a positive environment for living in or transferring property in Connecticut. Real estate is essential to economic recovery and stability in the state and the nation, and helps to build communities. Thank you for your commitment to serve,” said Debra J. Chamberlain, president of Connecticut Realtors.
“Realtors are a bellwether for the state’s economy, and it’s important to understand their perspective,” said Lavielle. “I share their concerns about the effects on our real estate markets when people and businesses leave Connecticut for states with more dynamic, tax-friendly economies. I always learn a great deal from them about the general public’s views on key economic issues, as well as transportation, education, and quality of life. As small business operators themselves, realtors also have a first-hand understanding of the effects of mandates, high taxes, and onerous regulations on small businesses,” Lavielle said. “Small businesses owners are the backbone of our state’s economy, and a big part of our job as legislators is to do all we can to remove barriers to their success. I’m honored by this endorsement from professionals who represent such a critically important economic sector in Connecticut.”
Lavielle’s district includes parts of Wilton, Norwalk, and Westport. She is Ranking Member of the General Assembly’s Commerce Committee and the Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Transportation, and a member of the Appropriations, Education, and Higher Education Committees.