Kathy Kennedy has filed paperwork to seek the Republican nomination for the 14th State Senate district, which includes Milford, Orange and portions of West Haven and Woodbridge.

She is seeking the seat currently held by Democrat Gayle Slossberg, who announced she will not run again for the post.

While Kennedy acknowledges this is a first attempt at elected office, she said she has an active and successful record as an advocate for education in addition to offering her time to numerous non-profit causes in her community – including drug prevention, Hospice and the United Way.

“It’s time to promote prosperity, reform and reduce the size of government and work on how to make Connecticut attractive for anyone to pursue their dreams here,” said Kennedy. “I am eager to meet voters and show I am not about taking credit but getting results.”

Kennedy has devoted much of her time promoting public education, serving on numerous Parent Teacher Association committees, culminating in her election as president of the Connecticut PTA from 2015 to 2017. She has served as president of the Milford Council of PTAs and been cited with several state awards.

“A competitive, demanding education is the key to having career opportunities for the next generation of workers,” said Kennedy. “It’s not all about money, but how we challenge parents, teachers and students to exceed expectations.”

A graduate of Amity Regional High School, Kennedy attended Southern Connecticut State University.

Kennedy volunteered as a patient care volunteer for Connecticut Hospice in Branford from 2013 to 2016, served as chair of United Way giving from local government officials, she is a past member of the Milford Prevention Council and a Faith Formations Teacher at St. Agnes Church. She has also been a volunteer coach for the Milford United Soccer Club.

Democrat James Maroney, a former state representative, has already announced his plans to run for the seat. Maroney represented the 119th Assembly District from 2013-2015, and also served as Majority Leader of the Milford Board of Education.