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Rilling, Duff endorse Rodgerson in 143rd race

Keith Rodgerson
Keith Rodgerson

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling and State Sen. Bob Duff on Saturday announced their endorsement of Democrat Keith Rodgerson for Connecticut’s 143rd state House district, which includes portions of Norwalk, Westport, and Wilton.

Rodgerson is hoping to unseat two-term Republican Rep. Gail Lavielle.

“Keith is very much attuned to the unique challenges that a city like Norwalk faces every day,” Rilling said. “As someone who has chosen to live in many of Connecticut’s cities, including ours, Rodgerson knows firsthand the struggle our cities have getting their fair share in Hartford. I know that Keith will fight for us and make sure that Norwalk gets proper representation in the legislature. Because of this, I strongly endorse his candidacy.”

Duff added, “With his background in economic development, Keith is exactly what Norwalk needs in a legislator during these uncertain times. He has a deep well of experience in working with many federal, state and local entities (HUD, EPA, DECD, DEEP). His experience as an implementer in projects that have helped to grow Connecticut’s economy and create good jobs will be a major asset for us. He’ll bring a common sense approach and will be an independent voice representing Norwalk in Hartford.”

“I’m honored to receive the endorsement of both Mayor Rilling and Sen. Duff, two men known for their ability to reach across the aisle,” Rodgerson said, “I look forward to working constructively with them both to help solve our transit woes, grow our economy, and keep in place common sense laws that protect our children. These issues are critical to our region’s prosperity.” www.keith2014.org

Rodgerson, a former Bridgeport City Councilman, is a Wilton economic development commissioner and certified economic development finance professional. He is the director of the Neighborhood District Economic Development Corporation, a technical assistance and planning consultancy to small business clusters and manufacturers. He also has been active in many local, state and national organizations, including the National Development Council, the Community Capital Fund, and the Coastal Fairfield County Consortium. He resides with his wife and son in Wilton.

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