It has been an honor and a privilege to campaign as a candidate for state representative for the past year.
While the end result of this election wasn’t what we had hoped it would be, I cannot help but feel inspired by the progress we’ve made and humbled by the support from so many people in the community.
I am encouraged by the progress we’ve made and am certain that the best for Stratford has yet to come. From the onset of this campaign it was our goal to reach deep into the community to begin a dialogue and forge long-lasting relationships. Over the past year we were successful in conducting a positive, idea-oriented campaign for change. We have much to be proud of.
Thank you for the support, hard work and kind words you’ve shared with me over this past year. Our successes could not have been possible without you.
It's dark but the audio comes through.
Thanks to CT Bob for filming.
On Monday, October 12th, I debated my opponent, John Harkins, before the Hometown Publications editorial board. Stratford Star editor Fred Musante published his account of the debate on the Valley Gazette website.
I imagine it will also show up on the Star website at some point. As of 10/16, the article is also on the Star website and appeared above the fold in last week's print edition. The article covers very well what was said and I hope voters will take a few minutes to read it.
Mr. Harkins continues to deny that property tax reform is a state issue. He is clearly out of touch with his constituents. The state must help towns become less reliant on property taxes by significantly increasing education funding. This must be done soon. This isn't just a theoretical issue. High property taxes are pushing our neighbors out of the homes where they have lived for decades! What kind of reward is that for someone who has helped build this community (and paid taxes) for all those years? Under-funded schools are threatening the bright future of Stratford's children. These are huge issues for the community and we need all hands on deck -- local, state and federal officials -- dealing with them. Mr. Harkins seems content to just play the blame game instead of stepping up to the plate and taking charge.
There are a few minor corrections I have regarding the article:
- I am a software engineer at FUJIFILM Medical Systems doing R&D work in radiology technology. (The article said I work at Fuji Films.)
- I didn't characterize as 'bad' the Town Council's past decisions to spend the fund balance and underfund the pensions. I would describe those fiscal choices at best as quick fixes, at worst as short-sighted moves that have now caught up with us. As long as we continue to be shortchanged money from Hartford, our backs will continue to be up against the wall and we'll continue to be forced to make impossible compromises. This situation must change and with a new State Representative in Hartford, there will be hope for progress again.
Also, a few key points were left out of the article. The 2009 parking garage that Mr. Harkins boasts about will be woefully inadequate the day it opens. Over 1,200 people have signed up for the five-year waiting list for parking permits. $12 million for a net of 400 new spaces in 2009 just won't cut it. We may not have another chance to improve the dire parking situation for 10 or 20 years. Let's do it right the first time for a change.
On health care, I stressed how important it was to make sure the hundreds of thousands (not just 100,000) of Connecticut residents currently uninsured have access to preventative treatments. This will not only improve public health, but it should also be more cost-effective since early detection technologies, like those I help develop, will allow illnesses to be treated before they become expensive and life-threatening emergencies. This will also reduce the non-emergency traffic at ERs, which will further improve treatment of real emergencies. Stunningly, Mr. Harkins had absolutely no response to any of this and actually suggested, as accurately reported in the article, that mandated coverage for things like mammograms should be cut from health plans!
I closed by mentioning my strong support of stem cell research, something Harkins has voted against both in 2005 and 2006. This puts me much more in line with the thinking of mainstream Stratford voters. Stem cell research is an important public health initiative. Stem cell research has broad support but President Bush used the only veto of presidency to oppose Federal support of stem cell research and Mr. Harkins seems to think Connecticut should follow his lead. I strongly disagree. We need to support this research to do the right thing for current and future sufferers of the wide variety of conditions that may benefit from the research.
We are headed for the "final forty" days of my campaign to be State Representative for Stratford's 120th District, so I thought an update was in order.
It has been a great season, with many accomplishments, adventures, and fun.
So far, I have had the honor of endorsements from the Connecticut Young Democrats, Democracy for America, the AFL-CIO, Love Makes a Family, and NARAL.
Our headquarters, right in the center of Stratford, is buzzing with activity… with volunteers phoning the voters; coffee parties, brunches, and get-togethers being planned; fundraisers taking shape; and our endorsement list growing longer. We can always use more volunteers, so come on over.
Last week I taped a debate with my opponent, which ran 11 times on local television over the weekend. It was an terrific experience. My opponent actually denied his own voting record on campaign finance reform! He also blamed everyone but himself for the issues we’ve been having with education funding and property taxes.
I will have another debate next month when the Stratford Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club host their 2006 Legislative Forum.
My only request to you is this point is that you reach out to your friends, family, and co-workers who live or work in Stratford and tell them about my campaign. Tell them how to get to here to my website and have them register their email addresses for quick updates. I’ve made extensive updates to the website recently so I hope you’ll check it out.
Thank you for your support. Thank you for your interest in my campaign. I am ready to go to Hartford and serve our town.
On Saturday, Bonnie and I hosted a cookout fundraiser at our home. We had a great turnout and the event was tons of fun. Everyone loved the performance by Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers who were nice enough to come by and play a few songs. (Steve's an old and dear friend from high school.)
Thanks so much to everyone who came out to spend a beautiful Saturday afternoon with us and support the campaign!
Lots more great pictures online here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dmooney/sets/72157594195135606/
I am campaigning to serve Stratford, CT as State Representative from the 120th Assembly District. Over the past few months I have spoken with many people and have been overwhelmed by the widespread support and encouragement I've received.
Fundamentally, this campaign is about change. Yes, it's about a change in representation but it is more than that. This campaign is about a change in the form, and tone of dialogue between our community and our government.
We will reach deep into the community and forge long-lasting relationships and say to people, "Let's work together to make this town the best place it can be."
I look forward to beginning this new dialogue with you, and the people of Stratford. I hope you'll sign up for our email list so we can keep in touch. Thanks for stopping by.