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Stratford Needs a Good State Rep in the 120th

Terry Masters listens and responds to Stratford. She knows about existing programs that would benefit our town, but have been ignored. Terry will work hard to make sure Stratford gets its fair share.

I was knocking on doors the other day on the north end of Nichols Avenue.  I had the pleasure of meeting some great people who welcomed me, surprised that I was climbing up their driveways to introduce myself.  Evidently I was the first candidate who ever did so.

Then, a few days later, I answered a phone call.  The caller was a stranger to me, but she had received my campaign mailers.  She wanted to know why she should vote for state rep; she thought only the presidential race was important and had never bothered to vote for any other office.

Both of these experiences brought home to me the importance of the office I’m running for. National policy sets the tone and establishes the law of the land, but you can’t pick up the phone and talk to the President  You can pick up the phone and talk to me.

I have received many emails and phone calls since I started this campaign.  Some people wanted to share their viewpoints; some wanted to know what I thought about a particular issue; and some, like the woman who called me, wanted to know what I was doing.  Regardless, I have responded to everyone who reached out to me. 

That’s what people in Stratford need:  a representative who will walk up a hill to knock on their doors, who will respond to their emails and who will pick up the phone to return their calls.

What people in Stratford expect and deserve is someone actively fighting for their interests and bringing back concrete results to the town.  We know there are available grants and state money that Stratford is not getting.  There are existing programs that could help our residents that the town is not participating in. One program, the Energy Improvement District, I’ve written about and presented to the Town Council.  It would cost the town no dollars and has the potential to save residents and businesses money on their utility bills.

But how are we supposed to know about these opportunities?  Shouldn’t our representatives be keeping an eye out for us and communicating with us?

Stratford deserves more than the “culture of No.”  “No taxes” and “No waste” are getting tired even as sound bites, and meaningless without specific details.    The biggest “No” in Stratford is the no response and no sharing of opportunities from the incumbent. 

I haven’t been hearing a lot of “NO” when I’m knocking on doors.  I’ve been listening to people share their concerns and their hopes and their opinions.

When I’m elected, I will respond to your phone calls and your emails.  It may take me a day or two, but I will get back to you.

I will also actively look for current programs and existing laws that can make a real difference to people’s lives here in Stratford. 

That’s what a good State Rep should do.  That is what I willl do: fight for the people of Stratford.

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Laura D October 18, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Now let's take a look at Mr. Harkin's record with the state: Representative John Harkins 14 years in Hartford -Stratford’s children were shortchanged $83 million from the State in education funds -Stratford’s Train Station still doesn’t have a parking garage even though Rep. Harkins was the Ranking Member of the Transportation Committee -Rep. Harkins supported the Republican Town Council’s irresponsible and illegal contract that would give away the Shakespeare Theatre and over $3 million taxpayer dollars to an out-of-state developer" Ohh yeah. His voting record couldn't be worse - well - unless you look at Hoydick's
Chris October 18, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Laura, thanks for posting that. It reminds me of all the reasons I'll be voting for Hoydick again. I only disagree with one of her votes, and that's only partially. I approve of the medical use of marijuana, but until the federal government approves it's really pretty meaningless since federal law on this supersedes state law. I'm all for funding domestic violence shelters, but I didn't approve of them doing it by adding a surcharge on to the cost of marriage licenses, so I support her no vote. One does not relate to the other. There are plenty of domestic violence victims who are not married, and the vast majority of married people are not involved in domestic violence.
Laura D October 18, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Chris - Being a Domestic Violence hotline volunteer, I understand your point. However, I can't think of anyone that I know who is getting married who would seriously object to a donation for a charitable purpose especially as it is so small. But again, I do see your point. I do NOT see your point on disagreeing with the increase in minimum wage that she was against, nor voter protection rights but that is just me I suppose, looking for equal and fair treatment for all. I know, silly democratic ideals. Founding Fathers would be ashamed of me.
Laura D October 18, 2012 at 07:56 PM
ooo, one thing I missed. Better check on that "vast majority" comment Chris. I agree it is not the majority, but by FAR not "vast". You would be surprised at how many more married women I have worked with over non-married. You would also be surprised I suspect at the socio-economic breakdown of them and the typical areas of employment many of the offenders work in. DV is not just for urban unwed minorities.. not by a long shot.
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