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State Rep. Rose to take on Rohrig for City Clerk’s seat

July 31, 2017 GMT

MILFORD — Kim Rose, the popular Democratic legislator representing the city’s West End, will be seeking the position of city clerk in November.

Rose, a four-term member of the House representing the 118th district, will be going up against the incumbent clerk, Joanne M. Rohrig, a Republican.

For 18 years, Rose has been an employee of the city of Bridgeport, serving as an administrator in the Building Department, a job that she says has prepared her well to be the city clerk.

“I am literally in charge of all of Bridgeport’s building records,” she said. “Thousands and thousands of municipal building plans going back decades, as well as constituent services, phone calls, over-the-counter duties and so forth.”

“I would be honored to serve as clerk for the city of Milford,” she said.

As to whether she’ll stay as as a state representative, Rose said she’ll make that decision when the time comes.

“We’ll cross that bridge when we get to it,” said Rose, 59. She said it was “still a little early to have that discussion.”

She said if elected Milford city clerk, she would retire from the Bridgeport position.

Rohrig, 57, was sworn in as city clerk July 7, 2014. She replaced the late Linda Stock, who died May 24 of that year of cancer. Stock was 67.Clerk Office staffer Bonnie Peloso had been serving as the acting city clerk prior to Rohrig’s appointment.

In November 2015, Rohrig defeated Democratic challenger Brendan Casey, 6,542 to 5,432.

This is not first time that Rose has sought the city clerk’s seat. In 2009 she took on fellow Democrat city clerk hopeful Richard Roy in a primary, which she lost. Roy later lost to Stock.

At the time, Rose was on the Planning and Zoning Board and Roy was a state representative. (Rose has been representing the 118th since January 2011)

The City Clerk’s Office is on the first floor of the south wing of the Parsons Government Center, across the street from City Hall at 70 West River St.

The office is the repository of all records relating to property, births, marriages, civil unions, and deaths. It also keeps all official records including the minutes and agendas of all city boards and commissions and veteran records.

It issues marriage, dog, hunting and fishing licenses. It works with the registrars of voters to make sure that elections and primaries are carried out according to law.

Not all cities and towns have elected clerks. In Stratford, for example, the clerk is an appointed position.