Gettinger for the 119th Campaign Kick Off Event

The Milford Democratic Town Committee cordially invites you to join us to kick off the campaign for Ben Gettinger, State Representative candidate for the 119th.

Gettinger for the 119th Campaign Kick Off Event

June 15th, 2016

6:00pm EST

Stonebridge Restaurant

Daniel Street, Milford CT

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Ben Gettinger Announces Candidacy for the 119th House Seat

Ben_Gettinger_119Milford, Connecticut – Benjamin D. Gettinger of Milford announced Monday his intention to seek the Democratic nomination to run for the 119th House seat, which includes parts of Milford and Orange.

“I’ve watched the incumbent over these past two years and, respectfully, believe many of her votes are out of touch with the people of our district,” Gettinger said in a press release. “I decided I can’t watch anymore, I need to step up. The citizens of Milford and Orange deserve a representative who can, and will, provide a moderated voice on issues that are important to us. I don’t see myself as being on the right or the left — I’m in the middle, like most of the people of the 119th”

“I don’t want to decimate state government but at the same time I don’t want it to be too big or overreaching either. I agree with Lincoln, who once said, ‘The legitimate object of government is to do for a community of people only what they cannot do better themselves, and no more.”

Gettinger, who was recently named one of the state’s rising stars as one of, “40 Under 40” by Connecticut Magazine is a local attorney and former chairman of Milford’s Planning and Zoning Board.

“My experience – both in law and as chair of the Planning and Zoning Board, has provided me a unique perspective on how state laws directly affect our cities and our communities,” Gettinger said. “As former chair of Planning and Zoning I was forced to grapple with 830-g applications which deny our community the right to make its own decisions and establish its own character.”

Mayor Blake voiced his support for Gettinger.

“Ben is one of the most talented, qualified and prepared candidates we’ve seen step up on the local political front in a long time and I know he will be an excellent advocate for our city,” Blake said in the press release announcing Gettinger’s candidacy. “We need Ben Gettinger speaking for us in Hartford.”

A resident of Milford, Gettinger earned his B.A. in economics at the University of Connecticut and his J.D. from Quinnipiac Law. Gettinger has been recognized as one of the top young lawyers in Connecticut.

Education Highlight – James Maroney on the “New SAT Test”

James-Maroney2In the June 18th edition of the “Orange Times” former State Representative James Maroney (119th – Milford, Orange) wrote a piece for the newspaper highlighting changes coming to the SAT test in high schools.

“The SAT test is being dramatically redesigned,” wrote Maroney, “…The new SAT actually more closely resembles the ACT test ( i.e. SAT’s chief competitor) than it does the current SAT”

“The new test will have 5 sections, with the fifth section being an optional essay. There will be an emphasis on finding evidence to support answers and, in fact, there is a new question type where students will need to select the line numbers that support their answer”

Maroney went onto explain what each of the five sections will comprise of. For example he explained that two sections will be devoted to math. There will be a 25 minute/20 question calculator free section and a 55 minute/38 question section where you can use the calculator.

The full article in PDF form can be viewed on the Orange Times website here. James’ piece can be found on page 11.

Recently James was appointed to the state Planning Commission for Higher Education. In a press release State Senator Gayle Slossberg and State Representative Kim Rose praised his appointment to the Commission.

“I am pleased that Sen. Duff has recognized the good work that James did while representing his district by appointing him to serve in this important role,” Rep. Kim Rose (D-Milford) said. “James has a lot of experience in the education field as the owner of his own college placement and prep business in Milford. That experience will be a valuable asset to the commission.”

In addition to serving on the state Planning Commission for Higher Education, James is a small business owner (he also volunteers a lot of his time to local activities) and is a former member of the Milford Board of Education.  Keep up the great work, James!

Candidate Profile: James Maroney

Maroney119thTo view the full candidate profile on State Representative James Maroney of the 119th House District please click on this link to be redirected to the Milford Mirror.

James Maroney has been serving as the 119th’s State Representative since 2012. Prior to his election James served on the Milford Board of Education from Milford’s 1st District. I came to know James during his first run for the BOE and I’m proud to have him as a member of the Milford delegation. He is one of the most sincere and friendliest people I know. While I can’t personally cast my vote for James during the November 4th election I hope that the constituents inthe 119th will honor their vote for James Maroney in this upcoming election.

I am privileged to represent Milford and Orange, and I’ve worked hard to justify the trust that was placed in me. Over the last several months I have reintroduced myself to constituents and listened to their concerns. Jobs, the economy, quality education, and support for our seniors are concerns that everyone seems to share. Being a small business owner, spending my lifetime here, and graduating from Yale have prepared me to address these issues…

We need to stop over regulating businesses. Connecticut must be more business freindly. We started on that path last session. Over 1,000 pages of regulations were eliminated and more services are being provided online.

We need to do more, but there are few clear or easy answers. We know we can’t continue to deliver programs in the same way and expect different results. Last session I introduced legislation called “Pay For Success.” It will require more rigorous data tracking of preventative social programs, and only pay for the programs that are successful. These programs are funded by foundations and other private sources. The state only pays if they generate a savings for Connecticut. This is an innovative new way of delivering services that will help put our state back on top.

The full version of the candidate profile is on the Milford Mirror. To keep up with James and his re-election campaign make sure to throw a “Like” to his Facebook page and follow all the campaign updates during this last push towards Election Day.

 

“Maroney is a man of integrity, loyalty and unmeasured work ethic” – Letter to the Editor

The Milford Democrats are very proud and happy to share this letter to the editor penned by Scott Schulte in the Connecticut Post.

In the letter Schulte describes Maroney as a man of “integrity, loyalty and unmeasured work ethic”. He shared that he supported Maroney initially when he ran for the Milford Board of Education in the 1st District and was a supporter for his State House run in 2012. Expressing hope that the people of 119th will re-elect Maroney, Schulte closed by “guaranteeing” Maroney will serve the 119th in the best of his ability.

We can not agree more with what Mr. Schulte shared in this letter. James Maroney is a tireless worker on behalf of the constituents of the 119th. Not only his he a family man but also operates and runs his own small business. His work ethic is unparalleled and he is the right choice to represent the 119th.

To view the original letter to the editor, click here.

If you are interested in volunteering for the James Maroney for the 119th campaign this election season make sure to check out the Milford Democrat’s volunteer sign up page here. If you would like a James Maroney lawn sign you can fill out a sign up form here.