Retired teachers, ex-state senator endorse Lavielle in 143rd

Gail Lavielle
Gail Lavielle

WESTPORT, Conn. – Former 26th district State Sen. Judith G. Freedman on Monday endorsed two-term Republican state Rep. Gail Lavielle, who is running for reelection to the 143rd House district, which includes parts of Norwalk, Wilton and Westport.

Also, the Association of Retired Teachers of Connecticut (ARTC) – PAC has endorsed Lavielle.

“We encourage our members and their families to actively support your campaign. We look forward to working with you to help secure a bright future for Connecticut’s retired teachers,” wrote Michael Norman and Ellen Long, ARTC Endorsement Committee co-chairs, in a letter to Lavielle dated Oct. 1.

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.

Freedman, who served as state Senator for the 26th Senate district (Bethel, New Canaan, Redding, Ridgefield, Weston, Westport, and Wilton) from 1987 through 2008, was effusive in her endorsement.

“Gail Lavielle is my State Representative, and I am proud to give her my support as she runs for reelection,” Freedman said in a press statement issued by the Lavielle campaign. “Gail has proven how in touch she is with the district and her constituents. She listens to all of us.”

“Gail has been tenacious regarding transportation issues and worked hard to ensure that the omnibus transportation bill in 2013 included language requiring that monies in the Special Transportation Fund would be spent only on transportation, and that the fund would not be raided for other purposes, as has been common practice,” she said.

“Gail brings her constituents’ issues to Hartford, and she delivers,” Freedman continued. “Many of her proposals are now law, such as forming a bipartisan task force focused on eliminating unfunded mandates imposed by the state on school districts, cleaning up brownfields, promoting our deep-water ports to encourage the development of business, and whatever else we ask of her.

“Most people understand that legislators propose legislation, but what most do not know is that the proposals that survive the process are usually incorporated into a new committee bill which is drafted with a new bill number and with all introducers’ names, except for those of the committee chairs, removed,” Freedman said. “Gail understands the process very well, and she has been tremendously effective in getting her proposals signed into law.

“Gail Lavielle is on top of all the issues facing our district,” Freedman continued, “and has earned not only my support, but should have everyone else’s as well.”


One response to “Retired teachers, ex-state senator endorse Lavielle in 143rd”

  1. Piberman

    Rep Lavielle’s endorsements speaks well of an unusually competent and highly regarded Legislator appreciated by all – Democrats, Republicans and Independents. A fine role model for purposeful and effective “public service”.

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