Report by Paula Antolini, January 27, 2020, 4:00PM EDT
PRESS RELEASE RAGHIB ALLIE-BRENNAN CAMPAIGN
Campaign to focus on accomplishments and successes with a look to the future
BETHEL: State Representative Raghib Allie-Brennan (D-Bethel) officially announced that he will seek re-election. Allie-Brennan was first elected in 2018 to represent Connecticut’s 2nd Assembly District, which includes portions of Bethel, Danbury, Redding, and Newtown.
“We are at a pivotal moment in Connecticut and, with your steadfast support, I hope to continue to proudly represent the residents of the 2nd District in the Connecticut State Legislature,” said Allie-Brennan.” “That’s why I’m running for re-election – to build on the successes of my first term and to make sure Bethel, Danbury, Redding and Newtown have the dedicated representation they deserve.”
“Together, we can build on our progress and keep moving the 2nd District forward,” AllieBrennan continued.” “I promised to tirelessly represent ALL of the residents of the 2nd District, reaching across the aisle. I’ve done that. I’ve brought the 2nd District to the table and have brought home millions in taxpayer dollars. I’ve striven to be transparent and accessible. I’ve hosted well over a dozen community conversations on issues ranging from affordable housing to the opioid epidemic. Much has been accomplished, but there’s so much left to do. Together, absent the partisan rhetoric, mean-spiritedness and divisiveness that define so much of our national political dialogue, we’ll keep the 2nd District first.”
List of accomplishments:
• Brought back millions in tax payer dollars to include a $33,000 budget line item for the Bethel Youth Booster Club, an organization created to support after school programs for Bethel youth, Danbury Youth Services, and the HERO Project which brings awareness to the opioid epidemic.
• Helped secure a $104K grant for the Danbury Police Activities League (PAL) so they can continue to offer youth programs for the next two years. And most recently helped secure $100K for the Danbury Public Library.
• Negotiated additional funding for Bethel, Danbury, Redding, and Newtown schools and an expenditure increase for the Teacher Retirement Fund, an expense that was previously slated to be absorbed by our towns.
• Proposed legislation to eliminate the $250 Business Entity Tax, which was included as a provision in the approved state budget. Repealing this tax will help many of our small businesses.
• Co-sponsored legislation that makes changes to existing laws and expands what local breweries like Bethel-based Broken Symmetry can sell.
• As vice chair of the Energy and Technology Committee and co-chair of the Bipartisan Clean Energy Caucus, he played a crucial role in passage of a bipartisan bill which authorizes the procurement of energy derived from offshore wind. This will strengthen our state’s economy.
• Helped pass legislation that ensures Connecticut residents will continue to have solar options in their energy choices and protects more than 2200 solar energy jobs.
• Led a group of over two dozen legislators in calling on Governor Ned Lamont to oppose the construction of a gas-fired power plant in the town of Killingly.
• Was designated an “Environmental Champion” by the League of Conservation Voters.
• Has been an outspoken opponent of tolls.
• Wrote and passed three LGBTQ related bills.