Local Election Profiles – Milford Democrats 2016

Gayle Slossberg – State Senate

gayle_slossberg_mm_photo14th Senate District: Milford, Orange, West Haven & Woodbridge

Many issues come before the state Senate, and as a six-term representative of the 14th District, Gayle Slossberg has dealt with many of them. Her priorities, she said, include anything that is important to her constituents, from getting the economy back on track to education, to seniors and veterans, all the way to invasive bamboo.

Some issues, like families struggling to get appropriate education for developmentally disabled children, have brought her into the thick of things, sometimes to PPT meetings at schools to advocate for a child.

She’s not afraid to go against the wishes of her party if her conscience directs her otherwise. “I’m a proud Democrat, but that doesn’t mean I don’t look at each issue on its own merits,” Slossberg said.

She’s proud of her position as Senate Chairman of the General Assembly’s education committee and plans to focus on education issues, such as college affordability.

Before going to Hartford in 2004, Slossberg served as Democratic minority leader for the Milford Board of Aldermen from 2001.

“We have a lot going for us in the state,” Slossberg said, “but we have a lot of work to do.”

Full Article here: Gayle Slossberg says constituents drive priorities

Sean Ronan – State Representative

sean_ronan_mm_photo117th House District – Milford, Orange, West Haven

Democrat Sean Ronan, a Bridgeport police detective and a four-term city councilman in West Haven, is running against incumbent Republican Charles Ferraro to represent the 117th District.

Ronan said he wants to focus on bringing more businesses to the state: He noted that there have been some good moves in the past few months, such as the deal to keep Sikorsky in Connecticut and news that the Henkel Corp. is moving to Stamford.

An Army veteran, serving from 1988 to 1992, Ronan said he also plans to focus on the Education Cost Sharing (ECS) grant. Referring to a Superior Court judge’s recent ruling that Connecticut’s ECS formula shortchanges poor children in urban communities, Ronan said he believes more funds may be directed to West Haven.

Ronan said he supports all-day kindergarten and believes “we must support and develop an education system that encourages parents, teachers, administrators, civic leaders, and business leaders to work together to develop curricula that prepare our students for today’s global economy and enhanced technology.”

He said he would support working families by backing state investment in economic infrastructure, like roads, highways, light rail, broadband Internet, worker training, and education.

Full Article here: Ronan, West Haven councilman, challenging Ferraro in 117th

Kim Rose – State Representative

kim_rose_mm_photo118th House District: Milford

Democrat Kim Rose is running for her fourth term as representative of Milford’s 118th District. Earlier this month, Kim was busy in her district, working with a group of Scouts to clean a stretch of road in Devon.

She said she was responding to residents who said the area was showing signs of neglect, so she called Troop 1 and asked if they could help out. About 20 Scouts, plus their leaders, heeded the call, and with shovels, rakes, gloves and bags, they picked up trash and landscaped to give the stretch more visual appeal.

Angelo Ferrente, a troop leader, said the group was more than happy to help. “Kim has been a big supporter of Troop 1, and if she asks for something, we’re there,” he said.

Rose has lived in Milford 32 years. She got into politics as a member of a grassroots fight to prevent the construction of an affordable housing project in an area many people viewed as too dense. From there, she got involved in other local issues, was elected to the city’s Planning & Zoning Board, and then elected state representative for the 118th District.

She fought against a Naugatuck Avenue recycling plant plant, worked to ensure that residents’ voices and concerns were taken into account in the DEEP’s Silver Sands Beach restoration plan, and spoke out against the closing of St. Gabriel’s School.

“I am committed to the city I love, and I am definitely not finished yet in Hartford,” she said. “There is still much work ahead and, without a doubt, the relationships I have built and the experience I have gained will be valuable assets as I continue my work in the legislature.”

Full Article here: Kim Rose, running for 4th term, keeps tabs on the 118th District

Ben Gettinger – State Representative

ben_gettinger_mm_photo119th House District – Milford, Orange

When Ben Gettinger served on the Milford Planning and Zoning Board, he learned a lot about the 8-30g affordable housing law that he hopes to change if he’s elected to represent the 119th district.

Gettinger, a Democrat, is challenging Republican incumbent Pam Staneski for the seat. Milford’s representatives in Hartford have been trying for years to tweak the affordable housing law that has led to numerous housing applications in Milford and a number of approvals for developments that residents often view as too dense for the area.

During his time on the Planning and Zoning Board, Gettinger said he voted against most of the 8-30g proposals that went before the board.

“We always thought that we were doing the right thing and that a judge would agree,” he said. He argues that opposition to affordable housing from neighbors and other residents wasn’t based on income levels but rather on density. “It’s always the density,” Gettinger said.

He said being a good representative is about getting people to vote with you, convincing them to come around to your thinking. Ben noted that his background as a lawyer, specifically a divorce attorney, gives him the skills he will need to get work done in Hartford.

Gettinger said that if he’s elected, he will pursue matters that affect people’s everyday lives, primarily taxes. He said it’s too late to repeal the state income tax, but he said responsibly growing businesses should put the state in a position to lower taxes.

Full Article here: Race for 119th: Gettinger focuses on prioritized spending, fixing 8-30g

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Milford DTC HQ Grand Opening

Grand Opening of Democratic Headquarters 

Support Your Local Candidates!

Gayle Slossberg | Kim Rose | Sean Ronan | Ben Gettinger

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

Time: 7:30 P.M. to 9:30 P.M.

Milford Shopping Plaza – Cherry Street

pizza, snacks and beverages

Slossberg Named “Children’s Champion” by Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance


WEST HAVEN, CT— Every year, the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance recognizes legislators for their leadership on issues that impact the well-being of Connecticut’s young children in the areas of healthy development, early care and education, nutrition, and safety. Senator Gayle Slossberg (D-Milford, Orange, West Haven & Woodbridge) was presented with the “Children’s Champion” award for supporting the passage of legislation that improves the lives of children throughout Connecticut.

“My career in public service began when I attended my first PTA meeting years ago to advocate for the education of my children and their classmates. The same priorities that I brought to that meeting guide my work in the State Senate today,” said Senator Slossberg, Senate Chair of the Education Committee. “Much has been done to ensure that children in Connecticut are afforded every opportunity to succeed. We couldn’t have done so much without our partners at the CT Early Childhood Alliance, and I’m thrilled to have their support as we continue making this state an even better place for children and families.”

“Although much of the focus during the session was on filling holes in the state budget, a number of early childhood issues received attention,” said Merill Gay, Executive Director of the CT Early Childhood Alliance. “Some very important early childhood bills were raised, and some good legislation did pass.”

Senator Slossberg supported the passage of numerous pieces of legislation endorsed by the CT Early Childhood Alliance this year, including bills to eliminate the tax on diapers, require criminal background checks for employees of a child care home or group child care home. Slossberg also supported efforts to prevent childhood obesity and increase access to early childhood programs.

Founded in 2002, the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance is a statewide organization committed to improving outcomes for children ages birth to eight years old in the areas of learning, health, safety, and economic security.

Official Website of State Senator Gayle Slossberg: http://www.senatedems.ct.gov/slossberg.php

Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance: http://www.earlychildhoodalliance.com/

Meet the Candidates Picnic in Orange, CT

Orange_DTC_Meet_The_CandidatesOur friends at the Orange Democratic Town Committee will be hosting a fun, relaxed event this Thursday night (August 18th, 2016). It is part of their annual “Meet the Candidates Picnic”.

The Picnic will be located at the High Plains Pavilion, Orange Fairgrounds , 525 Orange Center Road, on Thursday, Aug. 18 from 5:30 pm to 8:00 p.m.

As Milford and Orange share some legislative seats, this “Meet the Candidates” will feature Milford’s Own State Senator Gayle Slossberg and Candidate for State Representative Ben Gettinger! Sean Ronan, Candidate for State Representative in the 117th, also has areas of Orange within his district.

Organizers for the event that if you require additional information or need to purchase tickets, that you reach out and call Bob at 203-530-7206 or Jody at 203-314-9975.

Senator Slossberg’s Ongoing Listening Tour With Local Teachers

slossberg-160412State Senator Gayle Slossberg (representing Milford, Orange, West Haven & Woodbridge) has been engaged in a listening tour with local teachers, meeting with teachers from our area and neighboring towns. Senator Slossberg has been communicating with them about the state of public education in Connecticut and learning how she can work with them to continuously improve it. Her latest listening tour meeting was in Orange, Connecticut and was covered the latest press release from the State Senator’s office.

ORANGE, CT—Senator Gayle Slossberg, Senate Chair of the Education Committee, continued her local teacher listening tour with a meeting in Orange.

“Evidence has shown that an overreliance on standardized tests, particularly the SBAC, is not improving the education of Connecticut’s students and may even be detracting from it,” said Senator Slossberg, Senate Chair of the Education Committee. “Few people have better insight on what is going on in our classrooms than the teachers who are on the front lines of public education. I will continue meeting with and working alongside our state’s educators to improve our state’s relationship with our teachers and improve the educational future for all Connecticut students.”

Teachers were eager to thank Senator Slossberg for working to pass Senate Bill 380, which would decouple Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) test scores from teacher evaluations. Educators from across Connecticut have pointed to mounting evidence that using SBAC scores in teacher evaluations detracts from classroom learning and does not improve student educations. Senate Bill 380 passed out of the General Assembly’s Education Committee 23-10, and now awaits action by the state senate.

Another subject of conversation was a law Slossberg worked to pass last year, which eliminates the requirement that 11th-grade students take the SBAC test and required instead that they take the SAT at no cost to the students and their families. This law was crafted based on a survey of more than 1,100 K-12 teachers in Connecticut.

To view the full version of the press release, please click here. You will be re-directed to State Senator Slossberg’s website.

Nice work, Gayle!