Gregorio to seek GOP nod to represent West Haven, Milford, Orange & Woodbridge

Michele Gregorio

Michele Gregorio

Former West Haven Republican Town Chairwoman Michele Gregorio is a candidate for the 14th District state Senate seat representing Milford, Orange and parts of West Haven and Woodbridge, she announced last week.

Current state Sen. Gayle Slossberg, D-Milford, who has served for seven terms, announced in early March that she will not seek another term.

Gregorio, who filed papers with the state in February at a time when she thought Slossberg was running, officially announced her candidacy Sunday to supporters gathered at the Offshore Restaurant in West Haven.

“As many of you know, I have recently retired as controller of the BIC lighter plant in Milford, and you might ask, why step directly out of retirement right into a political campaign?” Gregorio said in a news release.

“The reasons are clear,” she said. “We have all seen the financial decline of our state made even worse by Malloy policies supported by the majority party in the state legislature. These Hartford politicians failed to understand the impact that two of their largest tax increases would have on us.

“I would never have supported these tax increases,” Gregorio said. “I would not have voted for our second largest tax increase in 2015, like James Maroney did when he was a state representative,” said Gregorio.

Maroney, a Milford Democrat who formerly represented the 116th District in the state House of Representatives, also has announced plans to run for the 14th District Senate seat. Slossberg has endorsed him.

“We need people in the state Senate who have experienced and understand the day-to-day struggle for success, who have worked hard in the real world to achieve for themselves and their families,” Gregorio said in the release. “We must return our state to a place where our children and grandchildren can have stable futures.

“There is a path to better times but we must act now and elect people who have a range of experience that will enable them to make the correct decisions no matter how difficult they may be,” she said.

As controller of BIC’s lighter division, Gregorio managed a $90 million budget, and her responsibilities included union negotiations, the release said. She serves on the West Haven Board of Finance and was Republican town chairwoman from 2016-18.

Gregorio, a lifelong Connecticut resident, has experience in business, finance and community service and wants to bring her knowledge “and a fresh perspective” to the office, the release said.

She earned a degree in accounting while raising her first child as a single mother, then later married and, while raising five children, graduated Magna Cum Laude from New York University with a bachelor’s degree in health care policy and planning, the release said.

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