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:

Lavielle Endorsed by NFIB, the Nation’s Leading Small Business Association

State Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-143) today announced that the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) Connecticut Save America’s Free Enterprise (SAFE) Trust has endorsed her candidacy for reelection.

NFIB is Connecticut’s and the nation’s leading small business association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB’s mission is to promote and protect the rights of small and independent business owners to own, operate, and grow their businesses.

“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,” said Andy Markowski, State Director of NFIB/Connecticut, and Wendy Traub, Chair, NFIB/CT SAFE Trust Committee, in their endorsement letter dated September 17, 2014.

In response to NFIB’s endorsement, Lavielle said, “Connecticut’s recovery from the recession is lagging behind the rest of the country, and it’s urgent and critical to get people back to work. More than 75% of our state’s businesses have fewer than 20 employees, so small businesses are a key driver of our economy. As Ranking Member of the General Assembly’s Commerce Committee, one of my highest priorities is reducing the ongoing structural costs of doing business and eliminating burdensome regulations, so that Connecticut can offer these businesses an environment where they can thrive and create jobs. I am grateful for NFIB’s endorsement and its recognition of my commitment to fighting for policies that benefit small and independent businesses.”

Lavielle is Ranking Member of the General Assembly’s Commerce Committee and of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation. She is also a member of the Appropriations, Education, and Higher Education Committees, and of the bipartisan Manufacturing Caucus. Drawing on her 25 years of management experience in the business world, she has developed or supported many proposals to make Connecticut’s government less costly and more efficient, create a fertile climate for jobs, reduce the tax burden on people, businesses, and municipalities, and make the state more competitive as a place to live, work, raise a family, and retire. In 2014, she co-sponsored or introduced successful legislation that extends apprenticeship and other tax credits to small businesses; expands tax breaks for small manufacturers that invest in equipment, facilities, or training; provides assistance to small business owners who want to hire new apprentices; and prepares the way for the creation of a Connecticut Port Authority.

The 143rd House district includes parts of Wilton, Norwalk, and Westport.

Boucher Endorsed by Municipal and State Police Unions

The Connecticut State Police Union and the AFSCME Council 15 of the AFL-CIO Executive Board have both endorsed State Senator Toni Boucher (R-26) in her campaign for re-election.

The Connecticut State Police Union represents over 1,000 members of Connecticut’s state police force. The AFSCME Council 15 of the AFL-CIO represents nearly 4,000 police officers from over 60 communities throughout Connecticut.

A statement issued by Andrew Matthews, Esq., president of the Connecticut State Police Union called Boucher “one of the few elected officials to receive our official endorsement this year. Your commitment to public safety and trooper safety is truly appreciated by the entire Union membership.”

In a separate statement the AFSCME’s Executive Director, Jeffrey Matchett said, “It is our firm belief that your election to the state legislature is in the best interests of the residents of Connecticut as well as our thousand of members who serve as sworn police officers throughout the State.”

In reacting to the endorsements, Senator Boucher said, “I’m honored and proud to receive the endorsements of both our municipal and state police unions. Our uniformed police officers are on the front lines and put themselves at risk everyday to protect us in our towns and on our highways.Their work is critical to our public safety, and I have worked hard to support them through my efforts on the Transportation Committee as well as my voting record on many anti-crime bills.”

Senator Boucher is chief deputy minority leader in the State Senate and Ranking Member of the General Assembly’s Transportation, Education and Higher Education Committees. Her district includes Bethel, New Canaan, Redding, Ridgefield, Weston, Westport and Wilton.

Sierra Club Endorses Lavielle for Reelection

State Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-143) announced that the Sierra Club, the largest and oldest environmental grassroots group in the country, has endorsed her candidacy for reelection to the General Assembly.

This announcement follows Lavielle’s recent endorsement by the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters, which also named her an Environmental Champion this year for the third time.

In the Sierra Club’s endorsement letter addressed to Lavielle, Martin Mador, Political and Legislative Chair of the Sierra Club’s Connecticut Chapter, wrote, “The Sierra Club is confident that you will be a strong advocate for protecting the environmental health and thus the quality of life in Connecticut, and that you will prove a valued and reliable friend of the environment. We are pleased to recognize your commitment to this most important of legislative priorities, and look forward to your leadership efforts during the 2015 and 2016 legislative sessions.”

During the 2013 and 2014 sessions, Lavielle sponsored or supported numerous pieces of environmental legislation. These included bills that protected state-owned open space in perpetuity; encouraged clean marina practices; required the development of a state water plan; increased protections for pedestrians and bicyclists; placed a moratorium on the disposal of fracking waste in Connecticut; required the labeling of foods produced with genetic engineering (GMO); banned pesticide-resistant GMO grass seed; restricted the use of pesticides on school grounds; improved coastal management practices; provided incentives to water companies to invest in conservation and infrastructure improvements to ensure water quality; facilitated brownfield remediation; and clarified the rights and roles of utilities and property owners in tree trimming decisions. She also worked to prioritize and increase funding for transportation and fought successfully to protect funding for mass transit and other transportation needs.

“Good stewardship of our natural resources is essential to preserving Connecticut’s unique character,” said Lavielle. “I will continue to advocate for initiatives that protect our open space, conserve precious natural resources, and keep our environment clean and safe. I thank the Sierra Club for its many years of service to the environment, and I am honored to have received its endorsement.”

State Rep. Gail Lavielle represents Wilton, Norwalk, and Westport. She is Ranking Member of the General Assembly’s Commerce Committee and the Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Transportation. She is also a member of the Appropriations, Education, and Higher Education Committees, as well as the bipartisan Long Island Sound caucus.