James Maroney, Democrat, accepted his party’s endorsement Monday night to run for the state Senate seat currently held by Gayle Slossberg.

Maroney said his late uncle, Robert Malarkey, used to wake his teenage daughters up by letting the sunshine in and calling out, “It’s a new day,” and Maroney repeated the words several times during his party’s convention in Orange Monday, saying that is his new mantra for Connecticut.

He said mistakes have been made in the state, but there are plenty of opportunities and strengths.

“Tomorrow when we wake up, I hope we can say it’s a new day in Connecticut,” he said.

Maroney added that being positive does not mean being naive, but rather learning from the past.

“We need to work together to make sure that Connecticut is once again the most innovative state in the country,” he said. “We need to foster innovation and entrepreneurship in our citizens, our businesses and our students and create a startup culture.”

He said innovation must also be applied to government, which must learn to do more with less, that all students must have access to high-quality education and access to secondary education. He said education must be aligned to the workforce, where there are 13,000 unfilled CNC machinist jobs in the state and 500,000 unfilled computer coding jobs across the country because people don’t have the skills to fill those jobs.

He talked about helping seniors and veterans.

Former Alderman Greta Stanford nominated Maroney to run for the seat, and Mayor Ben Blake seconded the nomination, saying Maroney has integrity and gets things done.

The 14th District represents Milford, Orange, West Haven, and Woodbridge. Slossberg announced earlier that she will not seek re-election.

Last week, local Republicans endorsed Milford Alderman Anthony Giannattasio to run for the seat. State Rep. Pam Staneski and Michele Gregorio are expected to challenge Giannattasio in a primary.

Maroney, a lifelong Milford resident, is a former 119th District state representative, served as majority leader for the Milford Board of Education, and has served on the boards of several community organizations in the Southwestern Connecticut area.

The Jonathan Law and Yale University graduate is an educational consultant and owner of First Choice College Placement in Milford.