I am a 10-year resident of Southington and a 4-year veteran of local politics.
After growing up in New Britain, I moved to Chicago where I met my husband, a native Chicagoan. In 2010, we moved back to Connecticut. My children attended Southington elementary and middle schools, and my son now attends Southington High School.
I earned my B.A. at Syracuse and my M.A. degree in English from Boston College. I also pursued a Ph.D. at Loyola University Chicago. Currently, I am System Director of Marketing at Bristol Health and was part of the team involved in opening our new Southington medical office. Prior to working in marketing I was a healthcare reporter for the American Hospital Association and am the author of two books, including Twin Sense, a guide for parenting twins.
I first became interested in local politics after the 2016 election, when I realized the best way to ensure you could have a voice was to volunteer your time. Local and state politics impact our daily lives and I wanted to make a meaningful difference. I served as a Commissioner on Southington's Planning and Zoning Commission for nearly two years, which I loved. There is little closer to our hearts than our homes, and the PZC makes a lot of decisions that impact how we live and how a town develops. In many of the meetings, feelings ran hot and I always made it a point to listen to and reflect what the residents wanted. In 2018, I ran for the 16th State Senate seat. I am currently a co-chair of the Southington's DTC Issues & Communications Subcommittee.
Why I'm Running:
I am running for the 81st House district because I see that despite having a majority of registered Democrats, Southington is predominently represented by Republicans who fully support President Trump's regressive agenda.
I want more for our community, for our state and and for my family. Democratic values embody the idea that government can and should do more for ordinary people, and certainly the recent COVID-19 epidemic has exposed how much we rely on good government. I understand the need to be fiscally responsible, but it must be balanced with how we invest for our future. Businesses large and small understand that investing in equipment, people and training will enable them to compete and succeed in the long-term; so should our state.