West Haven councilman will challenge Ferraro in 117th District

West Haven’s 9th District councilman and City Council majority leader, Democrat Sean Ronan, announced Feb. 29 his intention to run for the Connecticut state House of Representatives in the 117th state House district. The 117th District includes parts of West Haven, Milford and Orange.

In a written statement, Ronan said, “Connecticut has some real challenges to overcome in the years ahead. As a city councilor, I have earned a reputation for working across party lines to do what’s right for our families. As a sworn police officer, I have taken an oath to protect and serve our families. I’m looking forward for the opportunity to put my proven track record to work addressing our state’s most serious issues.”

Ronan said that as a legislator his priorities would include developing and passing fiscally responsible budgets that protect education, job creation, public safety, veterans, and health care without putting undue financial burdens on working families.

Ronan said he supports all-day kindergarten and said he believes “we must support and develop an education system that encourages parents, teachers, administrators, civic leaders, and business leaders to work together to develop curricula that prepare our students for today’s global economy and enhanced technology.”

He said he would support working families by backing state investment into economic infrastructure, like roads, highways, light-rail, broadband Internet, worker training, and education.

As a police officer, Ronan said, he has seen firsthand the devastation caused by drug addiction, and he supports recent efforts to curb the heroin epidemic by providing uniform standards for insurance coverage and substance abuse treatment, strengthening prescription drug monitoring and strengthening penalties for possession and distribution of opioids.

Ronan is lifetime member of VFW Post #9422 and the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary #18. He is a member of American Legion Post #2000 and the Ansantawae Lodge in Milford.

He and his wife, Debbie, live in West Haven. They are the parents of Joseph, 25, Ryan, 21, and Irene, 15.

State Rep. Charles Ferraro, the Republican incumbent in the 117th District, announced at the beginning of February that he will run for a second term.

“It has been my privilege to serve as State Representative and I have worked very hard to look out for the interests of my constituents,” Ferraro said in making his announcement. “I am proud that I have kept my campaign promises by voting against misguided tax increases, unfunded mandates and policies that drive businesses and good jobs out of Connecticut.”

Ferraro noted some bills he co-sponsored, including one that helps veterans with higher education and benefit assistance. He said he has also worked to secure adequate funding for state residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities, to protect electric consumers from deceptive billing practices, and to improve in-service training of teachers to better assist students with dyslexia.

“In order to properly fund these types of programs we must get our fiscal house in order,” Ferraro said. “The current governor and Democrat majority refuses to be inclusive and consider our proposals to streamline government and spend responsibly so we don’t overburden taxpayers. Despite their record tax increases, our state is once again facing large budget deficits. We must increase Republican representation in our State Legislature, in order to bring a balanced perspective to Hartford.”

Ferraro serves on the legislature’s Appropriations, Human Services and Public Safety and Security committees.