West Haven educator will challenge Slossberg for 14th district

At their convention held on May 11, Republicans nominated Patricia B. Libero to run for state Senate in the 14th District, representing Milford, Orange and parts of West Haven and Woodbridge.

Libero will challenge incumbent Democrat Gayle Slossberg.

Libero has been an educator for over 37 years, serving as a special education teacher, principal and vice principal in the West Haven school system, Republicans said in a press release.

She has also taught at the University of New Haven as an adjunct professor, teaching special education classes. She was elected to the West Haven Board of Education in 2011, and served as chairman from 2013-2015. She was re-elected to the board in 2015.

“Over the past 10 years, Democrats have continually increased state spending and your taxes,” Libero said. “Despite record tax increases, our state is once again in deficit. My opponent and her majority party just can’t seem to get it right. Misguided legislation with unwise spending threaten our state’s economic stability and our citizen’s jobs. Our ability to properly fund the education of our children, as well other basic needs like hospital funding, has been impacted.

People, including many young adults, are leaving Connecticut in record numbers. Major businesses are leaving too, as the departure of GE illustrates.”

Libero said unrealistic budgets paint the state as irresponsible and anti-business and force cuts to programs, including education grants.

“I am dismayed that my opponent supported a 2017 budget mitigation bill that not only failed to completely reduce the $900 million budget shortfall, but also failed to make any structural changes needed for a long term solution,” Libero said. “They did add new agencies, new studies, new staff, in short new spending.”

Libero said she will support lower taxes and sound fiscal policy.

“I will work to remove the ‘pork’ from our budget so we are not forced to cut important support for hospitals, education and mental health services,” Libero said.