Report by Paula Antolini, May 19, 2022, 9:11A EDT
Congratulations to Toni Boucher for receiving the unanimous endorsement for the Republican nomination for State Senate at the 26th Senate District Convention. When elected, Boucher will be representing Wilton, Redding, Westport, Weston and sections of Stamford, Ridgefield, Darien and New Canaan.
Boucher stated, “Very proud to have received the unanimous Republican endorsement to run for the state Senate in the 26th district last night. Thank you to all the delegates.” … “I am humbled and gratified by this unanimous endorsement. I love public service, helping others and making a positive difference in people’s lives. I am deeply concerned about the direction of our state during these challenging times and can no longer watch on the sidelines.”
“Helping others and making a positive difference in people’s lives is what I enjoy the most. As a state legislator, I built strong relationships throughout our area communities with so many caring, generous, wonderful people. I also built a strong record of bipartisan legislative policy accomplishments which have helped to improve the quality of life for people of all ages across Connecticut.”
“I truly believe I have a lot more to give back to the people of southwestern Connecticut. I will campaign tirelessly from now until November, and if Democrat, Independent and Republican voters put their faith in me again, I will work tirelessly for them as their state senator.”
“There are 4 issues that I believe are most important to the people of the 26th District:
1. protecting local control regarding residential property rights.
2. protecting local control of education and respecting parental involvement
3. making Connecticut more affordable through tax relief
4. making Connecticut’s communities safer
“I look forward to reintroducing myself to voters. I am a listener, a coalition-builder and a problem-solver. I am also a mother, a grandmother, and someone with extensive private sector experience. I want to get off the sidelines and get back involved in improving Connecticut. I am asking for your vote in November, because I know I can again make a positive difference at the State Capitol. I will be your voice.”
Read Toni Boucher’s impressive bio. here:
State Senator Toni Boucher was first elected to represent the 26th Senatorial District in 2008, after having served as the State Representative from the 143rd Assembly District for 12 years. The 26th Senatorial District includes the communities of Bethel, New Canaan, Redding, Ridgefield, Weston, Westport and Wilton. Senator Boucher earned leadership roles in both the public and private sectors. Her election to the State Senate followed a distinguished career in the House of Representatives where she held caucus leadership positions and served on several legislative committees.
In the State Senate, Senator Boucher served as a Chief Deputy Senate Republican Majority Leader. Senator Boucher was the Co-Chair on the General Assembly’s Education Committee, Co-Chair on the Transportation Committee, and Vice-Chair on the Banking Committee and Vice-Chair on the Finance, Revenue & Bonding Committee. She also served as a member of the General Assembly’s Legislative Management Committee and the The School Construction Project Priority List Review Committee.
As a member of the Finance, Revenue & Bonding Committee, Senator Boucher was working to resolve the state’s existing fiscal problems and plan for the future in a bipartisan manner. She believes that Connecticut must recreate a positive tax environment where businesses can grow and families can prosper. Senator Boucher, who served on the Appropriations Committee as a State Representative, is now on the front line of efforts to balance the state’s growing budget deficit while holding the line on taxes, reducing government spending, saving businesses and growing jobs.
Senator Boucher calls on her extensive experience in the business world when working with her legislative colleagues on state government fiscal issues. Senator Boucher, who holds an MBA from UCONN Business School, is the founder and former owner of a small business and a former member of corporate management for two Fortune 50 firms. Senator Boucher also co-founded and served on the Board of Directors of a marketing design agency in San Diego, California, which specializes in clients working in biogenetic, aerospace and leading edge computer applications. She is honored to have been a recipient of the Southwest Area (CT) Commerce and Industry Association’s Community Leader Award.
Currently, Senator Boucher, who holds series 7, 63 and 31 licenses, is the director of a nonprofit fund manager. In December 2008, she co-authored a publication on Ethics and the Nonprofit.
Senator Boucher also served as Co-Chairman on the Transportation Committee at a time when the state and nation are reaffirming a commitment to mass transportation. As a member of the Transportation Committee, she worked to protect and improve the Danbury Branch line and helped lead the way on traffic relief initiatives for Southwestern Connecticut, especially with respect to rail service.
- 2006: Art Advocate of the Year Award, Connecticut Art Teachers Association
- 2006: The Business Council of Fairfield County (SACIA) Community Leader Award
- 2007-2008: UNCONN Advocate Award
- 2008: Connecticut Arts Advocate Award, Ct Arts Educators Association
- 2008: Music Education Advocate Award, CMEA
- 2009: Environmental Champion, Connecticut League of Conservation Voters
- 2009: Woman of the Year, Fairfield County Homebuilders Association
- 2009, 2012, 2013 & 2014: Children’s Champion, Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance
- 2009-2010: General Assembly Voting & Attendance Record – 100%
- 2010: Ambassador Award, Council of Italian American Organizations (CIAO)
- 2010: Tip of the Hat Award, Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now (ConnCAN)
Photo (top): Senator Toni Boucher in front of the CJH Municipal Center in Bethel, CT, greeting constituents in 2016. (Photo: File photo ©2016 BETHEL ADVOCATE / Paula Antolini)