CT NOW Endorses 50 Candidates Running for the Connecticut General Assembly

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HARTFORD–The Connecticut chapter of the National Organization for Women (CT NOW) has endorsed 50 candidates running for the Connecticut General Assembly seats, including 47 Democrats, two Republicans and one from the Green Party.

The endorsements are based on responses candidates gave to a CT NOW questionnaire. Questions were designed to show how candidates’ beliefs lined up with both CT NOW’s, and national NOW’s, legislative and policy priorities. Particular attention was paid to candidates’ answers on questions related to:

  • Reproductive rights and justice
  • Economic justice
  • Ending violence against women
  • Racial justice
  • LBGT rights (including marriage equality)
  • Constitutional equality

All Connecticut state senate and representative candidates were invited to complete the questionnaire. Only those who responded on time, and answered all questions, were considered.

“Issues at the core of today’s women’s movement–issues like reproductive rights, gender equality, family leave, access to education and equal pay–aren’t just women’s issues. They’re human issues,” said CT NOW President Cindy Wolfe Boynton. “They’re also issues that Connecticut state senators and representatives will likely face in the very near future, and that are at the core of what NOW is all about. Connecticut NOW is committed to helping elect officials who are equally committed to the advancement of women’s and human rights, and we are pleased to offer these endorsements.”

State 2016 candidates being backed by CT NOW include:

For State Senate

  • Democrat Dante’ Bartolomeo, 13th District
  • Democrat Ryan Rogers, 16th District
  • Democrat Timothy R. Bowles, 18th District
  • Democrat Catherine A. Osten, 19th District
  • Democrat Greg Cava, 32nd District
  • Democrat Arlene Avery, 35th District

For State Representative

  • Democrat Matt Ritter, 1st District
  • Democrat Raghib Allie-Brennan, 2nd District
  • Democrat Tom Currier, 8th District
  • Democrat Saud Anwar, 14th District
  • Democrat Andy Fleischmann, 18th District
  • Democrat Derek Slap, 19th District
  • Democrat Mike Demicco, 21st District
  • Democrat Joshua C. Shulman, 27th District
  • Democrat Russ Morin, 28th District
  • Democrat Joe Aresimowicz, 30th District
  • Democrat Matthew Saunig, 31st District
  • Democrat Beth A. Hogan, 37th District
  • Democrat Sharon Palmer, 38th District
  • Democrat Diana Urban, 43rd District
  • Democrat Kate Donnelly, 47th District
  • Democrat Linda Orange, 48th District
  • Democrat Kathleen M. Bachiochi, 52nd District
  • Democrat Susan Eastwood, 53rd District
  • Democrat Gregory Haddad, 54th District
  • Republican Jim Tedford, 56th District
  • Democrat David Alexander, 58th District
  • Democrat Tim Curtis, 60th District
  • Democrat William O. Riiska, 64th District
  • Democrat Gayle Carr, 66th District
  • Green Party’s Jimmie Griffin, 72nd District
  • Democrat Jeffrey J. Berger, 73rd District
  • Democrat Myrna Watanabe, 76th District
  • Democrat Catherine F. Abercrombie, 83rd District
  • Democrat Mary Mushinsky, 85th District
  • Democrat Steve Gifford, 87th District
  • Democrat Joshua Elliott, 88th District
  • Democrat Patrick Reynolds, 90th District
  • Democrat James Albis, 99th District
  • Democrat Matthew Lesser, 100th District
  • Democrat Liz Linehan, 103rd District
  • Democrat Linda M. Gentile, 104th District
  • Democrat Theresa W. Conroy, 105th District
  • Democrat Eva Bermudez Zimmerman, 106th District
  • Democrat Michael A. DiMassa, 116th District
  • Democrat Sean Ronan, 117th District
  • Democrat Kim Rose, 118th District
  • Democrat Frederick J. Streets, 120th District
  • Republican Anthony Pizighelli, 126th District
  • Democrat Chris Perone, 137th District
  • Democrat Jeffrey Tomchik, 138th District
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