Democrats endorse Beatty to run for 119th

Ellen Russell Beatty, a second-term elected member of the Milford Board of Aldermen, was chosen to represent her party in the 2018 race for state representative in the 119th District, encompassing parts of Milford and Orange.

The district convention was held May 16 at Milford City Hall. More than 50 of her family and friends were on hand to hear Milford Mayor Ben Blake place her name in nomination and speak to Beatty’s contributions during her three years on the board.

“The communities of Milford and Orange will be well served with Ellen up in Hartford,” said Blake. “She’s smart, she’s sensible, honest and hard-working, but above all she has a lot of energy. She’s a fighter and has a passion for good government.”

Blake said that during Beatty’s three years on the Board of Aldermen, the city of Milford has shown “huge economic expansion and received a AAA bond rating,” and that the board is set to pass its third tax cut in three years in the coming week.

Milford Democratic Town Committee Chairman Rich Smith recently highlighted Beatty’s experience as associate vice president of academic affairs at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) as key in her bid for state office. “Ellen has a proven track record in fiscal management, strategic planning, and consensus building,” Smith said. “These skills, honed by years of professional, organizational, and financial experience, are critically needed in Hartford now.”

Four of her colleagues from Southern Connecticut State University, where she holds the title of professor emerita of public health, also were on hand to deliver endorsements.

“From the very beginning, Ellen was an extraordinary, gifted leader,” said Dr. Rosalyn Amentar, director of women’s programs at SCSU. “She managed budgets with fairness and equity; she was a visionary, creating programs and offices where none existed. She has an unusual gift — the art of consensus building — and this is important in politics.”

While at SCSU, Beatty was instrumental in the establishment of the university’s women’s center that provided educational outreach and referrals for counseling and financial assistance, according to a press release issued after her endorsement.

“She played a critical role in founding the university’s first child care program that supported students, faculty and staff,” the press release states. “She also led the university’s Women’s Commission, where she advocated directly to the university’s president on student issues.”

Also in the audience were Beatty’s husband, Ed, a retired battalion chief in the Milford Fire Department, their daughter-in-law Alison and their three sons, Zack, Luke and Nick — all Eagle Scouts — who traveled from California, Washington, D.C., and New York City, respectively, to witness their mother accepting her party’s nomination.

Beatty will face Republican Kathleen Kennedy of Milford on the ballot.