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CBIA offers legislative endorsements

September 20, 2016 GMT

While its financial support this General Assembly election will mostly go to 15 Republicans and only a pair of Democrats, the Connecticut Business & Industry Association announced Tuesday a round of bipartisan legislative endorsements, including first-term Rep. Caroline Simmons, D-Stamford, and Rep. William Tong, D-Stamford, the co-chairman of the Judiciary Committee.

In all, 24 Democrats are on the list of endorsements, along with 74 Republicans.

Other Democrats endorsed include veteran Sen. Gayle S. Slossberg, of Milford, Rep. Steve Stafstrom of Bridgeport, and Sen. Carlo Leone, of Stamford. First-term Rep. Joe Gresko, D-Stratford, made the list, who along with Rep. Linda Gentile, D-Ansonia, also received CBIA approval, along with first-term Rep. Cristin McCarthy Vahey of Fairfield, Rep. Dan Fox of Stamford, Rep. Chris Perone of Norwalk, and Jonathan Steinberg of Westport.

“This upcoming legislative session will be one of the most critical we’ve faced as our economy continues to recover slowly, lagging behind the region and the country,” said CBIA president & CEO Joe Brennan. “Voters who are concerned about our economic future must elect candidates who understand the urgency facing our state, and who will make the decisions necessary to grow the economy, create jobs, and help Connecticut reach its full potential.

Here is the list of lawmakers from the Southwestern Connecticut region who won the CBIA’s approval.

14th Senate District: Gail Slossberg (D-Milford); 17th District: George Logan (R-Ansonia); 21st District: Kevin Kelly (R-Stratford); 24th District: Michael McLachlan (R-Danbury); 26th District: Toni Boucher (R-Wilton); 27th District: Carlo Leone (D-Stamford); 28th District: Tony Hwang (R-Fairfield); 36th District: Scott Frantz (R-Greenwich)

Connecticut State House of Representatives

70th District: Rosa Rebimbas (R-Naugatuck); 104th District: Linda Gentile (D-Ansonia); 105th District: Nicole Klarides-Ditria (R-Seymour); 106th District: Mitch Bolinsky (R-Newtown); 107th District: Stephen Harding (R-Brookfield); 108th District: Richard Smith (R-New Fairfield); 111th District: John Frey (R-Ridgefield); 112th District: J.P. Sredzinski (R-Monroe); 113th District: Jason Perillo (R-Shelton); 114th District: House Minority Leader Themis Klarides (R-Derby); 117th District: Charles Ferraro (R-West Haven); 119th District: Pam Staneski (R-Milford); 120th District: Laura Hoydick (R-Stratford); 121st District: Joe Gresko (D-Stratford); 122nd District: Ben McGorty (R-Shelton); 123rd District: Dave Rutigliano (R-Trumbull); 125th District: Tom O’Dea (R-New Canaan); 129th District: Steven Strafstrom (D-Bridgeport); 131st District: David Labriola (R-Oxford); 132nd District: Brenda Kupchick (R-Fairfield); 133rd District: Cristin McCarthy Vahey (D-Fairfield); 134th District: Laura Devlin (R-Fairfield); 136th District: Jonathan Steinberg (D-Westport); 137th District: Chris Perone (D-Norwalk); 141st District: Terrie Wood (R-Darien); 142nd District: Fred Wilms (R-Norwalk); 143rd District: Gail Lavielle (R-Wilton); 144th District: Caroline Simmons (D-Stamford); 147th District: William Tong (D-Stamford); 148th District: Dan Fox (D-Stamford); 149th District: Livvy Floren (R-Greenwich).

Earlier this summer, the CBIA announced a $400,000 campaign aimed at supporting mostly Republican candidates in the House and Senate, including George Logan of Ansonia, who is challenging veteran Sen Joseph Crisco, D-Woodbridge.

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