Every Tuesday until Election Day, GOOD Morning Wilton will publish endorsements received by the candidates. This information has been compiled from press releases sent by the campaigns. These are not endorsements from GOODMorningWilton.com.

Lavielle Receives Key Business Endorsements

State Representative Gail Lavielle (R-143) has received key endorsements from the business community in her candidacy for re-election to the Connecticut House of Representatives, where she represents constituents in Norwalk, Westport, and Wilton.

The business organizations endorsing Lavielle are the Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA), the Connecticut Realtors, and the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).

Connecticut Business and Industry Association

CBIA is Connecticut’s largest business organization, representing companies of all sizes, and a wide range of industries and locations across the state.

CBIA president and CEO Joe Brennan made the following statement: 

“This upcoming legislative session will be one of the most critical we’ve faced as our economy continues to recover slowly, lagging behind the region and the country. We must elect candidates who understand the urgency facing our state, and will make the decisions necessary to grow the economy, create jobs, and help Connecticut reach its full potential. Because of that we’re pleased to endorse Gail Lavielle as she will continue to work on strengthening Connecticut’s economy. Gail is a responsible legislator, and her sound leadership and commonsense representation in Hartford should be continued.”

Connecticut Realtors

Connecticut Realtors represents more than 16,000 professionals involved in all aspects of real estate in Connecticut.

Debra J. Chamberlain, president of Connecticut Realtors, said the following in endorsing Lavielle’s candidacy:

“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.”

National Federation of Independent Business

The NFIB is Connecticut’s leading small business association.

In its endorsement letter addressed to Lavielle, NFIB/CT SAFE Trust Committee chair Wendy Traub wrote:

“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.”

Commenting on the endorsements, Lavielle said, “Connecticut’s recovery from the recession is lagging behind the rest of the country, and it’s critical to make it easier to do business here so that both young people and experienced professionals can have a full range of opportunities. One of my highest priorities is reducing businesses’ ongoing structural costs and eliminating burdensome regulations, so that Connecticut can offer businesses an environment where they can thrive and create jobs. I am grateful for the endorsements from CBIA, Connecticut Realtors, and NFIB, and their recognition of my commitment to fighting for policies that will make our state friendlier to business.”

Lavielle, who is now running for her fourth term in the state legislature, was first elected to represent the 143rd district in 2010. She is Ranking Member of the General Assembly’s Education Committee and of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, and a member of the Appropriations and Transportation Committees. She also previously served as Ranking Member of the Commerce Committee.

Retired Teachers Endorse Lavielle for Reelection

The Association of Retired Teachers of Connecticut (ARTC) PAC has endorsed State Representative Gail Lavielle (R-143) for reelection to the Connecticut House of Representatives. She is running for her fourth term in the General Assembly.

“We encourage our members and their families to actively support your campaign,” wrote Michael D. Norman, the chair of ARTC PAC, in his endorsement letter to Lavielle. “We look forward to working with you to help secure a bright future for Connecticut’s retired teachers.”

The Association of Retired Teachers of Connecticut is a non-profit organization of retired teachers with 16,000 members/affiliates advocating on behalf of Connecticut’s 33,000 retired teachers. ARTC promotes the economic, professional, and social well being of Connecticut’s retired teachers.

“Connecticut’s teachers play a crucial role in ensuring the future of our students and our state, and I have enormous respect and admiration for them,” said Lavielle. “Many of my constituents are retired teachers, and it is a privilege to be an advocate for them, and for all of our senior citizens who are grappling with Connecticut’s taxes and high costs. I am honored by this endorsement, and I thank the Association of Retired Teachers of Connecticut for its continuing work on behalf of the teachers who have brought so much dedication, effort, and love to educating our children and to giving them the foundation they need to lead productive lives.”

Lavielle represents Wilton, Norwalk, and Westport. She is Ranking Member of the General Assembly’s Education Committee and the Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Transportation. She is also a member of the Appropriations and Transportation Committees.