Why I'm Running for State Rep

Terry Masters, Democrat, is running for State Rep to restore the middle class and fight for middle class and working families.

Why am I running for state office?

That's the first question I'm asked, whether I'm among old friends or people I am meeting for the first time.

This is the question we should ask every candidate. It's a question that deserves a full answer.

A Gallup poll last month said only 10 percent of Americans approve of Congress.  As I've been walking and knocking on doors these past few weeks, I've heard some anger and disgust voiced on the state of politics in Stratford, in Connecticut and in the country.

I like to look at who benefits from any given action or idea. Let's take a look at who benefits when I am elected and sitting in the legislature: 

  • Regular people: I'm a Democrat. I believe that the people who built this country -- you and me and our parents and all the people who have lived, worked and raised their families here -- deserve to be represented. Big corporations have been trying to sell off our country and buy off our democracy. It's your interests I represent, not the interests of corporate greed. 
  • Your children: If you have children, I want them to get a good public education and the opportunity to go to a community or state college without taking on enormous debt. I want them to have the same opportunities I had for a decent education.
  • Our environment: I want to fully fund the DEEP programs and get our air and water cleaned up. We don't need to breathe in poisons or eat unsafe food. 

I am part of Stratford. My husband and I had a choice about where we wanted to live. We chose to move here because Stratford is a great town. We were attracted by the shoreline, by the great neighborhoods and by the feel of the town. 

The core of Stratford is its residents; there is a real sense of community here.  Two hours after we closed on our home, my new neighbor knocked on the door to welcome us, bringing fresh cut azaleas from his garden. 

But other actions and decisions haven't been so positive. There is almost a sense of obstruction: a vote against raising the minimum wage, a vote against programs for victims of domestic abuse, and a vote against openness in campaign financing. Beyond these votes, there's been inaction on current state measures that could help Stratford: the Energy Improvement Districts and ECS funding are just two examples.

I have been active in labor and civil rights issues since my high school years. That means that for over 40 years I have stood up for my rights as a woman for equal pay and the right to make my own health care decisions. I have stood next to my co-workers on pickets lines; I have stood next to strangers on their picket lines.   I have organized demonstrations against some of Connecticut's biggest
corporations who pay NO FEDERAL income tax. I have volunteered with animal rescue groups and with Planned Parenthood. I have been a member of NOW, SEIU, and AAUW. 

I don't expect that we will agree on every single issue; that's normal and discussion can open our eyes to new concepts. But I hope we do agree on a basic set of values:

  • Middle class and working families are the backbone of our democracy.
  • Our government exists for the public benefit and has a duty to provide basic services  to us.
  • To pay for our government services, everyone needs to chip in for their fair share.

Why am I running?

I'm running for you.

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Walt September 30, 2012 at 02:33 PM
I could never vote for someone so radically leftist. I also would not vote for an ultra conservative. This nation has to get back to the ability to compromise, which used to exist.
OpportunistWatch September 30, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Hello to all, I must direct a question to Ms. Masters: Why bother citing the Gallup poll last month stating only 10 percent of Americans approve of Congress when you don't even mention the two Representative of Connecticut for over 2 decades, Joseph LIEberman, and Rosa Delauro Greenberg? Joe Lieberman holds dual citizenship with a foreign nation and voted for two trillion dollar wars with foreign nations that got us into this mess. He was booted from his own Democrat party and ran as an independent, toppling his opponent with corruptly acquired lobbyist campaign financing. Rosa's husband Stanley Greenberg is employed by big lobbyists and she is one of the Rich's members of Congress. I would ask Ms. Masters what is her plan if we allow Israel to use American weapons to attack Iran and cause gas to go from $4.50 to $9 a gallon? After all, Israel is our ally declared by congress and senate (hint, hint Joe's in the senate) and we unconditionally support their rights to protecting themselves even though and yet they conduct an apartheid and occupy and violate the rights of millions of Palestinians daily with American weapons. Great so we whats the plan after Palestine is wiped of the map with the illegal settlements being built in the west bank? Tuff questions need leadership.
greg cann September 30, 2012 at 04:09 PM
I trust thoughtful voters will take the opportunity to contact Terry Masters to discuss local and statewide issues and more fully appreciate how she will serve as an effective advocate for the citizens of Stratford.
Kip Steele October 01, 2012 at 03:22 AM
I was hoping for a 100 day plan
RMK October 01, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Perhaps you can vote for someone who is reasonable, thoughtful and working for you and not just the interests of corporations in CT? I suggest you take another look at what Terry Masters stands for and explain just how they equate to radically leftist. I'm tired of people spouting nonsense for the sake of pretending they have a clue what is meant by "socialist", "radical" and "leftist". And I also suggest you re-examine just WHOM in leadership have been unable to compromise for the sake of the country......hint: it isn't the Democrats, Walt. Want more of the same obstruction messing with moving us out of the depths of Bush II's mismanagement? Then don't vote for the lock step Republicans who continue the bad calls.
RMK October 01, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Kip, how about a 730 day plan for JOBS, which never happened. Vote Republican, and you get the same old nonsense that got us into the 2008 meltdown. That's their *plan*, kids - more of the same. You elected tea partiers in 2010 on a claim that they'd make their majority in Congress work towards JOBS - and what did we get? Thirty three votes to repeal the affordable healthcare act....empty suit votes to appease the extremist base and waste valuable time that SHOULD have gone towards jobs. And what did the Teapublican Majority in Congress DO with the Obama JOBS bill that top non-partisan economists championed? They SAT on it, then killed it - and said that to give Obama a *win* would be counterintuitive to their publicly announced goal of making him a on-term president! That is your GOP on powerlust, folks. They care not one whit about our country's direction towards job creation - otherwise, they'd have put aside their partisan grunting and WORKED with the President and Democrats to do the right thing.
Walt October 01, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Radical Maoist Komrade
Laura D October 01, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Did I miss something here and MsMasters suddenly switched from a statewide campaign to a national one? This has nothing to do with Lieberman or DeLauro. It has to do with Ms. Hoydick's voting record (see my post in that thread) and the better plan for the people of Connecticut that Ms. Masters has to offer. Any discussion of international politics/weapons and warfare does not belong here.
Laura D October 01, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Well there is an intellectual response... pfft
Kenny October 04, 2012 at 07:05 PM
RMK is a cluess toady of the Democrat Party and organized labor. We have two branches of Congress: a House and a Senate. The Republicans have passed several dozen jobs-related bills, including those providing business tax relief and energy development. All have been stymied in the Democrat-contriolled Senate. This was the plan all along after the Tea Party infused 2010 election with 64 new Republican members of Congress. Obama is simply pulling the old Harry Truman trick of campaigning against a "do nothing Congress" that his own Democrat Senate majority refuses to work with. And if you've listened to Harry Reid lately, you know that he's bordering on the senile.
Kenny October 04, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Surprise! Ms. Masters is an SEIU member and "active in labor issues." That's just what we need--more organized labor influence in Harford to push us from #3 to #1 as the worst state in which to do business. By her own admission, her whole career is rife with far-left causes. It is organized labor that is is the real threat to our body politic and fiscal integrity.
Kenny October 04, 2012 at 07:15 PM
If you want some real insight into corrupt influences in American politics today, read Mallory Factor’s new book "Shadowbosses," which details the insidious influence of public employee unions on governments at all levels. Even FDR and George Meany of the AFL-CIO, opposed public sector unionization because it doesn't work in the public sector. Unlike the private sector, where unions can bargain for a share of profits, there are no profits in the public sector, only taxpayers to be milked. Once they were given the right to organize, public sector unions have shown no sense of restraint and have become fully immersed in the political process to enhance their salaries and benefits at the expense of the taxpaying public, which lacks the financial resources to compete. They do this by forced union dues which are used to advance the agenda of the labor bosses, dues ultimately paid by the taxpayers. They have used these dues to buy off Democrat politicians en masse so that the Democrat Party is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of organized labor. Every state and municipality, including CT, that is suffering from debt and unsustainable costs for salaries, health care and pensions is a state where public sector unions have control over Democrat politicians, and where Democrat politicians are happy to have the donations to their political coffers to maintain power.
Baffled Resident October 04, 2012 at 08:01 PM
I believe that the primary issue in this race should be ECS funding. If you are satisfied with the amount of funding that Stratford receives, vote for Laura. If you feel that Stratford should be on a funding level that is similar to towns like Manchester/Hamden/West Haven, then i would suspect that you should vote for Terry.
Theresa October 07, 2012 at 02:49 AM
Good luck Terry. We had a great talk about politics and moving Stratford forward. Stay strong.
Terry Masters October 08, 2012 at 06:54 PM
I’m glad this blog sparked some discussion and want to thank everyone for participating. The responses show what’s at stake for the people of Stratford. We anticipate a large turnout for this election. Make sure you’re registered and know where to vote.
Mike Reynolds October 08, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Well there's your, "here's my no response" post from another candidate.
OpportunistWatch October 15, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Um Laura , check your facts before you make statements. I think you did miss something. It wasn't sudden when Ms. Masters mentions Congress (national I recall) in her fist statement. "Why am I running for state office? That's the first question I'm asked, whether I'm among old friends or people I am meeting for the first time. This is the question we should ask every candidate. It's a question that deserves a full answer. A Gallup poll last month said only 10 percent of Americans approve of Congress. " I didn't switch the subject matter, she did and actually told us to question her on this National government body or the Congress. I think its a case of kill the messenger because I mentioned a foreign nation Joe's a citizen of?
Laura Dobosz October 15, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Mike - please direct me to where Hoydick has made even the slightest comment here. Talk about no response.
Rose B October 15, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Great point. Where's Hoydick? Not sure I even know what she looks like.


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