On the Campaign Trail: Lavielle, Thomas

Lavielle gains two endorsements

The CT Business and Industry Association (CBIA) — Connecticut’s largest business organization — has endorsed state Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-143) for re-election because of her commitment to “promoting an environment where companies can compete, attract much-needed investment to our state, and drive economic growth and job creation,” according to CBIA’s president and CEO, Joseph F. Brennan.

“To restore our economy and make Connecticut competitive as a place to do business, we must listen to business owners and executives who tell us that what they need most to grow and create jobs are a reduction in their ongoing structural costs, and, above all, consistent, reliable tax and regulatory policy,” Lavielle said in a press release.

“Economic development policies that are based primarily on singling out individual companies for one-time giveaways have dismissed that feedback. We must help all businesses — not just a few — thrive by creating a climate that gives them confidence that Connecticut is a place where they can invest and make long-term business plans.”

Lavielle also won the endorsement of The Sierra Club, the largest and oldest environmental grassroots group in the country for her “proven track record in environmental issues,” according to Ann Gadwah, political chair of the club’s Connecticut chapter.

“I will continue to fight for initiatives that protect our open space, conserve precious natural resources, and keep our air and water clean and safe. As always, I will be attentive to ensuring that these initiatives are undertaken within a framework of sound fiscal discipline,” Lavielle stated in a press release.

Moms endorse Thomas

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America has endorsed Stephanie Thomas, Democratic candidate for state representative in the 143rd District. The organization is a grassroots movement of Americans fighting for new and stronger solutions to lax gun laws and loopholes. Since its inception after the tragedy at Sandy Hook School, Moms Demand Action has established a chapter in every state. It is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, which has four million supporters.

Thank you again for standing up for gun violence prevention and recognizing gun safety,” Norma Rahall of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense said. “Stephanie Thomas is not afraid to stand up and help build a safe, healthy and economically strong future for Wilton, Westport, and Norwalk.”

“Like many Connecticut residents, the gun violence that surrounds us feels personal to me. When I go to public places, I find myself searching for the emergency exit — just in case,” Thomas said on receiving the endorsement. “We must work to make Connecticut’s gun laws stronger by bringing everyone to the table to create common sense solutions that protect us all.”