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Letter: Vote for Mary!

As a resident of Woodbridge, small business owner and a Republican (currently without a party…), I am proud to support Mary Welander in her re-election as our state representative.  In only her first term as our representative, Mary’s support for COVID relief funding from the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) directly impacted not only our ability to maintain our staff of 60 through the pandemic, but those of countless other businesses across the state.

As we look at the upcoming election for state representative, it is deeply concerning to see ‘my party’, traditionally fiscal conservatives and proponents of a strong business climate, focused on challenging fundamental freedoms of residents of our state and our country.  For example, the platform for the Republican candidate:  https://22dac114.com/platform/ highlights under his ‘Parents Matter’ agenda:  “Committed monogamous parents raising their children together cover two of the three major steps by which children and families are lifted out of poverty, followed by graduating high school and at least one parent always working a full-time job.  If parents end up in the situation where they cannot reside in the same home, children need both of their biological parents to be active participants in their lives more than anything else.  Mothers and fathers provide distinct and complementary resources to children.”

Dictating the ideals of ‘good parenting’ and attacking the abilities of single parents, same sex parents, adopting parents and the abilities of one gender to “properly” raise children were never the principles of ‘my’ Republican party.  They do not represent me.  They do not represent Woodbridge.  I can only hope my fellow residents agree.

In my opinion it is time for the Republicans and Democrats to work together to make strides to strengthen Connecticut both economically and socially.  Woodbridge, along with Orange, Derby and Hamden can lead the way to a better state.  Mary has demonstrated through her efforts a willingness to move us all forward.

Scott L. Prud’homme

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