Gayle Slossberg – State Senate
14th 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
117th 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
118th 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
119th 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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