To the Editor:
On November 8, I received the great honor of being elected to represent the 33rd Senate District for a third term in the State Senate. For four years, I have worked tirelessly to advocate for our communities. I know firsthand the significance, gravity and responsibility this position represents. I could not be more proud that my supporters want me to continue this work.
I would like to thank the entire district for its support. Our 12 towns each have different needs and different priorities. It is a welcome challenge to hold this seat for another two years, and I pledge to continue working on issues I find most important as well as issues that benefit our towns. In the last several years, my colleagues and I have worked to bring millions in state support to our towns. I was proud to lead efforts to hold Eversource accountable for its poor response to Tropical Storm Isaias and will continue to work to ensure it lives up to the level of service we deserve, not the level of service it’s currently providing. We need to fight back against inflation and high gas prices where we can and will continue supporting important local programs that benefit thousands of us.
I am thankful for everyone who voted in this election, not only those who voted for me but those who voted against me. No matter how you cast a ballot, the most important part of the political process is exercising your vote, and this was yet another year of high turnouts. The more folks who make their voices heard, the more our electorate reflects the wishes of the public. I pledge to remember the votes of everyone in our district, not just those who voted for me. There are 100,000 of us and every single person matters the same.
Come January, upon the start of a new legislative session, there will be a flurry of activity at the Capitol, with hundreds of bills and concepts ready for consideration. I am excited and ready to represent us – all of us – for another two years. Let’s get to work!
Editor’s Note: The author is the Connecticut State Senator representing the 33rd District, which includes the Town of Lyme, and the First Selectman of Essex.