Democrats endorse Rose for 118th District

State Rep. Kim Rose was unanimously endorsed to run for the 118th District by the Milford Democratic Town Committee, on May 24 at the 118th District Democratic Convention at the Milford Elks. Rose was nominated by Democratic Town Chairman Rich Smith and seconded by former Milford State Rep. Pete Smith.

Rich Smith talked about Rose being a fighter for her constituents, from stopping over development in Devon to making sure Milford has a strong voice in Hartford. In seconding Pete Smith spoke about Rose’s independence, saying, “I work at the Capital every day and I see Kim in action. She doesn't stop. Kim is Milford's independent voice in Hartford, she understands government needs to do more with less. Kim is committed to driving efficiencies into state government. When we need a strong voice, Kim is there for all of us.”

Most recently Rose said she worked with legislative leadership to stop legislation that would have studied tolls in Connecticut.  

“I brought my constituents’ voice to Hartford and helped stop the toll proposal from moving forward. The people of the 118th said loud and clear, ‘no tolls’. Connecticut needs a plan to invest in our aging infrastructure and fund our transportation system. We can’t grow business without an improved transportation system but just adding tolls is not the answer.

In a press release about her endorsement, she said she understands that rising taxes is not the answer; she said she voted against Governor Dannel Malloy’s budget and has supported bi-partisan budgets that move Connecticut forward without raising taxes.

She said she is a staunch defender of Milford’s neighborhoods, leading the fight to pass legislation for a moratorium on affordable housing and then successfully leading the fight to override the governor’s veto.  

Rose was first elected in 2010.