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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Sharon R. October 15, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Hi Terry. I think you should be a writer of fiction, you seem to be very good at it. You begin by saying "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." Laura Hoydick has knocked on my door as had John Harkins, now the mayor, before her, and both returned my calls. You speak of state grants, I remember Harkins bringing state money to our town but interestingly enough I never recall Terry Backer doing so. How many millions of dollars has our town been shorted of ECS funding over the years? And Mr. Backer is a leader of his party. He can't get it done but you can? Go write a novel instead.
greg cann October 15, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Terry Masters has a long positive track record of factual accomplishments, and an obvious dedication to the residents of Stratford. We should be grateful for all the citizen-politicians who serve us, especially those who honor their commitments and remain responsive to the electorate. Terry has the appropriate demeanor and capability to be a most effective representative.
Robert Chambers October 16, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Mr Backer got us deregulation of electrical suppliers, and I'm sure we are in his debt for that.
Rose B October 16, 2012 at 09:17 PM
That's because you probably are a Republican. Or unaffiliated. Don't expect either of them to come to your door if you're a Dem -- and seriously, Sharon, a Dem you ain't.
Rose B October 16, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Ms. Masters is showing this town what it means to run for a State seat on an actual platform that will work for the people of this town, and not for the businesses only. Take a good look at what Hoydick advocates for and you'll see she is a business-first, residents-last representative. We need balance.
Robert Chambers October 16, 2012 at 09:28 PM
The problem with that is if you run all the businesses out of town (what few are left) then us taxpayers get to foot the entire tax bill and lord knows town hall never cuts a budget only increases. Who do you think is going to be paying for everything if we the people are getting handouts and the business are told "you're not important" ? Danny boy in the state house is running businesses out of state faster than the moving trucks can get back and with those departures so go the jobs. You can't have jobs without businesses and government jobs don't count because they are a net drain on the state.
Walt October 17, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Walking in circles holding a picket singing "we shall overcome" doesn't count
Chris October 18, 2012 at 12:16 PM
So Rose, what you are saying is that Terry means she's the first DEMOCRAT that bothered to knock on doors in our district, and the only people she cares to listen to are other registered Democrats.. Now THAT makes more sense.
greg cann October 18, 2012 at 03:10 PM
A number of democrat candidates have knocked on doors across all of Stratford's voting districts. There's a lot of doors however, and we shouldn't fault candidates of either party for less than 100%. We should commend those candidates who establish an open dialogue (open door) with the electorate - before, during and after the election. Terry Masters has demonstrated a constructive commitment to identifying opportunities, engaging in discussions and resolving issues.
Laura Dobosz October 18, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Jodi Rell ran business out of state. She was thisclose to losing Sikorsky but (and although I hate him) Lieberman and DeLauro saved the day. Have you been living in another state?
Laura D October 18, 2012 at 06:00 PM
" I remember Harkins bringing state money to our town but interestingly enough I never recall Terry Backer doing so. How many millions of dollars has our town been shorted of ECS funding over the years? And Mr. Backer is a leader of his party. He can't get it done but you can? Go write a novel instead." Let me get this straight. Harkins has brought state money to Stratford but Backer has not? Where have you found that piece of fiction? Out of the *** of one of the good old boys at MCC? Right. Give me a minute. Let me repost Hoydick's voting record. You will see that in the vast majority of votes she has voted against the laws past, including ones from her own party. She is as far away from voting for the people of this town as I could imagine.
Laura D October 18, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Here you go Shanon: --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- OK. Let's have a look-see at this voting record, shall we? April 2010 HB 5246 Funding for Domestic Violence facilities. Bill passed 125-19. Ms Hoydick voted against. April 2012 HB 5291. Increase minimum wage. Bill passed 88-62. Ms Hoydcik voted against. April 2012 HB 15012/39381/121420 Authorizes absentee ballots. Bill passed 97-50. Ms Hoydick voted against. May 2012 HB 5556 Requires Corporations to Identify Top donors for Campaign Contributions. Bill passed 94-54. Ms Hoydick again, voted against. April 2012 HB5024 Authorizes Election Day registration. Bill passed 83-59. I'll just let you guess how MsHoydick voted.. She did approve of HB 5389 to authorize the use of Medical Marijuana.. so I guess we can thank her for that. She voted against the repeal of the death penalty 86-62 passed - as we all know and finally she voted against Authorizing Day care and Personal Care workers to Join Unions. HB 5312 passed 84-57. So, I could go on but you can find all of her voting records by simply googling her name and "voting history".. But to summerize, when it comes to protecting women in crisis, labor/employee rights and voting rights and accountability to donors in an election she is against all of the above. How again is she working for the people? I'm stumped.
Laura D October 18, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Voting records tend to speak fairly loudly, No?
Laura D October 18, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Ok Sharon - here we go.. July 24, 2012 "STRATFORD TO RECEIVE STATE FUNDING FOR ROAD IMPROVEMENTS Rep. Backer pleased with Bond Commission item State Representative Terry Backer welcomes the expected allocation of funds to the town of Stratford for road improvements. The State Bond Commission is meeting Friday and is expected to approve the first half of the FY ’12-‘13 town aid road grant in the amount of $15 million. Stratford’s portion of the allocation is $148,436.73. A second similar grant will follow at the end of the year. Also known as TAR, Town Aid for Roads grants are generally released in January and July each year." - Apparently you "seem to remember" something that is inaccurate. "September 27, 2012 STATE FUNDING EXPECTED FOR STRATFORD AVIATION State Representative Terry Backer and Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced that funding to help pay for alterations and improvements to Stratford Aviation School at Igor Sikorsky Memorial Airport is expected to be approved next week by the State Bond Commission. Rep. Backer was able to help secure a commitment for a $298,000 state grant to assist with the design of roof replacement and related mechanical system improvements. The funds will go toward an architect and also hazardous materials abatement.
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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