Gettinger plans to challenge Staneski for 119th
Benjamin D. Gettinger of Milford announced Monday his intention to seek the Democratic nomination to run for the 119th House seat, which includes parts of Milford and Orange.
Gettinger is challenging Republican incumbent Pam Staneski.
“I've watched the incumbent over these past two years and, respectfully, believe many of her votes are out of touch with the people of our district,” Gettinger said in a press release. “I decided I can't watch anymore, I need to step up. The citizens of Milford and Orange deserve a representative who can, and will, provide a moderated voice on issues that are important to us. I don't see myself as being on the right or the left — I'm in the middle, like most of the people of the 119th. I don't want to decimate state government but at the same time I don't want it to be too big or overreaching either. I agree with Lincoln, who once said, ‘The legitimate object of government is to do for a community of people only what they cannot do better themselves, and no more.’ And, no more."
Gettinger, who was recently named one of the state’s rising stars as one of, “40 Under 40” by Connecticut Magazine is a local attorney and former chairman of Milford’s Planning and Zoning Board.
“My experience – both in law and as chair of the Planning and Zoning Board, has provided me a unique perspective on how state laws directly affect our cities and our communities,” Gettinger said. "As former chair of Planning and Zoning I was forced to grapple with 830-g applications which deny our community the right to make its own decisions and establish its own character."
Mayor Ben Blake voiced his support for Gettinger.
“Ben is one of the most talented, qualified and prepared candidates we've seen step up on the local political front in a long time and I know he will be an excellent advocate for our city," Blake said in the press release announcing Gettinger’s candidacy. “We need Ben Gettinger speaking for us in Hartford.”
A resident of Milford, Gettinger earned his B.A. in economics at the University of Connecticut and his J.D. from Quinnipiac Law. Gettinger has been recognized as one of the top young lawyers in Connecticut.
Staneski announced in April her plans to seek a second term. Click here to read her announcement.