We are now down to two weeks before the November 6th election. As a first time candidate I've shared many "firsts" with Simsbury voters over the past year and offered you accessibility to who I am as a person.
I've knocked on a lot of doors, met you at Septemberfest, the Fly In, Home Improvement Show, the Phelps Fall Festival, Simsbury Woman's Club Arts & Crafts Festival, numerous ribbon cuttings and a number of great house parties. I've met with both our public and private school administrators, Board of Education and Simsbury Education Association. I met with manufacturers, restaurants and so many, many businesses.
I've had my first ever debate, been a guest on "Church & State" with Governor Rowland, made a campaign video and seen my lawn signs go up all over town thanks to many committed supporters. I've seen my press releases and pictures posted in numerous locations, blogged and "been blogged" and read wonderful "Letters to the Editor" in support of my campaign.
As a first time candidate I'm proud to say I've earned the unanimous endorsement from the Simsbury Republican Town Committee, Connecticut Business & Industry (CBIA) and National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).
You know that I:
- am a 29 year resident of Simsbury, a wife, mother, PTO/soccer mom
- am the daughter of a WWII POW and Purple Heart recipient
- my mother's name was Faith, my sister's name is Hope and that's how I came to have the name Charity
- am a graduate of Emerson University, Boston with a BS in Speech
- am the full time salaried executive director of the Simsbury Chamber of Commerce
- successfully petitioned the town of Simsbury for the first school sidewalks at Squadron Line School
- was the event coordinator for over 15 years of the Simsbury Chamber run Septemberfest
- have had numerous job experiences and have been a factory and fast food employee, cleaned dorm rooms, worked as a grocery store clerk and was an elderly companion" during my college years, have been a legal secretary, asministrative assistant for a large Lowell paper company and worked at WCOP radio in Boston
- was the Volunteer Coordinator for the Smallpox Emergency Management Team and am currently the Volunteer Coordinator for the SHS Shelter when needed
- was a Bronze Level supporter for the Simsbury Meadows Bandshell, sponsor of the McLean "Save the Pond", Tree Level Sponsor for the Simsbury Land Trust Campaign for Simsbury
- am a member of the Community Farm of Simsbury, Friends of the Simsbury Library, Simsbury Flower Bridge, Red Cross Blood Donor and first graduating class of the Citizens Police Academy
I am a fiscal conservative who is alarmed with Connecticut's spending, taxing and borrowing. The State's current path is clearly unsustainable. We are committing money we simply don’t have and continuing to increase our dependency on State government.
We need to look at ways to reduce the size and cost of the State's bureaucracy, improve transportation, reduce energy costs and the costs of doing business.
I am passionate that we need to restore business confidence which in turn will create jobs and provide career opportunities for our young people who are leaving our State for other opportunities. Our future depends on keeping our young professionals and service industry entrepreneurs here in Simsbury and our State.
As your future State Representative I look forward to representing the Town of Simsbury, our great education system and the natural characteristics and scenic beauty of our town.
I ask for your vote on November 6th.
To reach me, go to firstname.lastname@example.org To meet me, I will be at Fitzgerald's this Sunday, October 28th beginning at 10:30am. To find out more about my campaign go to www.charityforsimsbury.com. To see my campaign video or listen to my daughter's endorsement of her mom, go to my website www.charityforsimsbury.com