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Stratford Democrats Welcome Connecticut Chairwoman for ‘Kennedy’ Event

Terry Backer wins a Kennedy Award and Ken Bishop named Democratic Person of the Year.

US Senator Richard Blumenthal (left), Terry Backer (middle), US Senator Christopher Murphy (right).  Backer is presented with citations from the US Senate.  (Photo courtesy of Emma Brooks)
US Senator Richard Blumenthal (left), Terry Backer (middle), US Senator Christopher Murphy (right). Backer is presented with citations from the US Senate. (Photo courtesy of Emma Brooks)

Sixty Stratford democrats welcomed State Democratic Chairwoman Nancy Dinardo on Sunday for an event to honor 11-term State Representative Terry Backer with a Kennedy award, according to a release. The lunchtime event was at the Blue Goose Restaurant on Ferry Boulevard. 

The Kennedy Award is to recognize a Stratford Citizen or politician whose work is recognized as extremely beneficial to Stratford and the Town’s goals and objectives.  It is named after President Kennedy, and this is the first annual event of the Kennedy recognition.

Democratic Party and Connecticut elected officials praised Terry not only for his inspirational leadership on world climate issues and his staunch focus on the health of Long Island Sound but also for his constant concern for Stratford and the residents of the 121st District.

“Terry keeps his bond with Stratford; he works hard and he brings back to Stratford projects that assist his community,” said Connecticut Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman.Terry’s word is his bond,” Wyman added, saying it was “the best compliment she could give a politician.”

Backer was handed a crystal bald eagle sculpture as the Kennedy award.

Democratic Town Chairman Len Petrucelli announced at the event that Ken Bishop, DTC treasurer, had been chosen as Democratic Person of the Year. He was recognized for his hard work and community service. Petrucelli added that Bishop has kept the interest of the DTC at heart, donating hundreds of dollars to candidates and volunteering 7 years for the hardest, most important, yet most thankless job, as treasurer for the party and candidates.

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