Kennedy accepts GOP nomination to run for 119th

Surrounded by supporters from Milford and Orange, Kathy Kennedy, candidate for the 119th Assembly District, was unanimously nominated by local Republicans as their candidate to the state House.

Kennedy, addressing the crowd, said, “I am honored and privileged to receive this nomination for state representative for the 119th. I will be lacing up my sneakers and hitting the ground running, reaching out and talking to as many people in Milford and Orange as possible. I want to know what key issues matter to the voters in the 119th.”

She also discussed her opposition to tolls and high taxes.

“We can’t afford any more new taxes,” Kennedy said. “I have voiced my opposition to the controversial plans to install tolls throughout Connecticut’s highway system. We need to look beyond tax hikes as the first and last solution to our state’s problems. Together we can put Connecticut back on track.”

Kennedy said she looks forward to working with people from all across the state to turn Connecticut around.

She finished her acceptance speech by thanking her two children, Rebecca and Brett, for their love and full support in her candidacy.

In an earlier press release, Kennedy 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.

Kennedy has served on numerous Parent Teacher Association committees, and was 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.

Kennedy hopes to fill the seat currently held by Pam Staneski, who does not plan to seek reelection to that seat but rather plans to primary to run for the state Senate 14th District seat.

When Kennedy first announced her run for the 119th District, she criticized taxes and job policies under the Dannel Malloy administration and praised Staneski for fighting the policies.

Staneski has given Kennedy her support, saying, “We are at a pivotal time in this state — our ‘part-time’ legislature cannot work part-time if we are going to address our ‘full-time’ problems and that is why Kathy Kennedy is the perfect person to step up and represent the 119th. She is not afraid to shake things up, she knows the hard work that is in front of her, and understands that maintaining the status quo will not work in the future.”