Kathy Hoyt, a local small business owner, and longtime community volunteer and activist from Hamden, announced her candidacy for State Senate in the 17th District. “Every day I talk to people in the community and hear they are struggling to make ends meet. They are consistently burdened with the continuing demands of inflation, expensive healthcare, taxes and fees. The rise in crime, unsustainable cost of living and the decline of personal freedoms have people frustrated, and concerned with the current leadership of our state. Many are moving elsewhere to live their lives and raise their families. I will stand up and advocate for solutions to bring balance, affordability, safety, and common sense back to Connecticut. Our state must be financially stable and respectful of people’s personal rights and choices for themselves and their children. Our citizens deserve to feel safe in their communities. I will work for the people of the 17th District, who work hard to provide for their families and care for their communities,” said Kathy.
Kathy is proud to be born, raised and educated in Connecticut. Her grandparents immigrated to America to provide her parents, and eventually, Kathy with a better life. Her father was an honored veteran who served in World War II to protect this country. Kathy’s life began in nearby New Haven and she grew up right here in Hamden. Kathy earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Central Connecticut State University. She chose to raise her sons, Shane and Logan, in Hamden so they could also benefit from the public school system as well as community and recreational opportunities.
“My experiences professionally and as an active community member have provided me with the pleasure of getting to know people from the area. I have committed my entire adult life to helping people find a way to thrive in Connecticut with a home that they are able to afford and enjoy. Achieving the American Dream through job opportunities, home security or connecting with the aid services an individual needs is my passion. The 17th district needs a representative who will bring that same energy and vision to state policy,” said Kathy.
“My focus over the next months will be on getting out and meeting more members of the communities I hold so dear. I want to hear peoples’ concerns, opinions and hopes for our state. Service and solutions are what inspired me to run, and those are the exact tenets I will carry every day as the next State Senator for the 17th District. This part of the state deserves active leadership who will not be afraid to stand up and offer a better way when we keep hitting the same roadblocks. Things have to get better, we just need a government willing to look at ‘how’”, said Kathy.
“Kathy has a long history of working to improve our community and a passion for doing what’s right. She has been a breath of fresh air locally, and I am excited for her to bring that same outlook to our State Capitol,” said Frank LaDore, Chairman of the Hamden Republican Town Committee. “We need change, we need action, we need Kathy.”
Former State Senator George Logan said, “The people of the 17th District deserve a State Senator who is engaged, present and ready to advocate for responsible public policy. Kathy has the right mindset and experience to be the community’s voice. She will ask the right questions about how state law changes will impact us here at home. Both her career and volunteer work have given her a close-up understanding of the challenges people are facing, and she will do the necessary work to support people in finding the help or resources they need. I am thrilled she is running and know she will be a great representative for us in Hartford.”
Hoyt has filed candidate registration paperwork with the State Elections Enforcement Commission and has indicated she will participate in the Citizens’ Elections Program where she will accept smaller dollar individual contributions to her campaign, largely from the towns she will represent, and campaign and serve free from the implied pressures of special interest money.
The 17th Senatorial District consists of Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Derby, and Woodbridge as well as portions of Hamden and Naugatuck. Hoyt is challenging current Senator Jorge Cabrera who was elected in 2020.