Colin Heffernan Unanimously Endorsed by Democrats for 23rd House District
BY PRESS RELEASE FROM COLIN HEFFERNAN 2022 • 05/25/2022 01:39 P.M. EST
Colin Heffernan, a prominent local attorney and small business owner, was unanimously endorsed for the 23rd House District by Democratic delegates representing Old Saybrook, Old Lyme, Lyme, and Westbrook.
“It’s an honor, and also a big responsibility,” said Heffernan. “There’s an opportunity here for our towns to finally have a seat at the table in the House. I’m in this to find sensible solutions, to protect choice, and make sure our values are represented in Hartford.”
“Colin is going to make an excellent state rep,” said Matt Pugliese, who seconded Heffernan’s nomination. “He understands the challenges families in our district face. He has been a servant in our community for years, serving on multiple commissions; he is a small business owner; and he really is prepared to do the job on day one. We need his experienced, thoughtful perspective to make sure we’re finding solutions that work for every resident.
Nancy Walsh stated, “Colin’s opponent [State representative Devin Carney (R-23)] sided with ultra-conservatives by voting against reproductive rights last session, something that’s simply unacceptable in 2022 and does not represent our district, at all.”
Heffernan graduated magna cum laude from Tulane Law School and, after serving as a research clerk in the Connecticut Superior Court, joined the Heffernan Legal Group. He grew up spending summers in Old Saybrook and moved there full time in 2008. Through his experience as a general practice attorney, he has supported his clients during some of their most difficult times, a unique perspective he’ll bring to serving his constituents. Heffernan has served on the town of Old Saybrook Zoning Commission and currently chairs the Old Saybrook Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission as well as the Old Saybrook Aquifer Protection Agency.
A statement from Attorney Colin Heffernan, our Democratic candidate for State Representative 23rd District, on the school shooting in Texas:
As the news of yet another shooting came out of Uvalde, on the heels of the shooting in Buffalo, I’m reminded of how little progress we’ve made since Sandy Hook.
We still have craven politicians blaming everything but guns for the massacres that steal our children and threaten our lives in every corner of public space.
We still have talking heads fantasizing that a “good guy with a gun” can stop monsters, even when we just saw that they can’t.
I’d like to say “enough” but that won’t do. It will never be “enough” until we demand that lawmakers denounce the culture of death that values an AR15 over a child. It’s far too easy to get a weapon of mass carnage in this country, and no amount of bad faith whataboutism will change that fact.
Oh, and here’s the thing: I’m a gun owner. I bought a shotgun while I was living in post Katrina New Orleans where there were precious few police and the National Guard was patrolling the street under a state of emergency. It was a scary time and I know first-hand that there are legitimate reasons to purchase and keep a gun.
But what we have now is madness. When a kid can go and buy two assault rifles for his eighteenth birthday and then murder nineteen children a week later, the issue could not be starker. It is far too easy to obtain assault weapons and the results are horrific. We passed good laws in Connecticut after Sandy Hook, but rifles and madmen don’t respect state lines and the easy access to assault weapons in the USA threatens all of us and all of our children.
Let’s get to “enough” and demand that every one of our lawmakers commit to using every tool at their disposal to enact nationwide comprehensive gun reform. If they refuse to do that, they shouldn’t represent us…..because they never will.
The OSDTC is happy to announce that on Wednesday, Democrats representing Old Saybrook, Old Lyme, Lyme, and Westbook, unanimously nominated Colin Heffernan as their choice for the CT District 23 House seat. CONGRATULATIONS, Colin!
Photo from Norm’s convention. Pictured from left to right are Michael Bender, Matt Pugliese, Norm Needleman, Jane Wisialowski, and Mary Jane Peterson.
Martha Marx has announced her candidacy as a CT State Senator from the 20th District, which includes voters from Old Saybrook. To qualify for a CT Candidate Campaign Grant, Martha must receive 300 voter signatures and a total of $17,000 in donations from registered voters in the 20th State Senate District.
In Martha’s email are the following:
- Attachment: Martha Marx SEEC Candidate Certification Form. Print and fill out the information on the Form. Mail the Form to Martha Marx (address on the Form) and include a personal check for as little as $5.00.
2. LINK TO ANEDOT: Complete the Certification Form and make a donation to Martha Marx via credit card: ALL online!
3. REQUEST from Martha for volunteers from each DTC in her District to help with phone calls to members this week. If every DTC member makes a contribution this weekend we will hit our goal. If every chair and leader gets 5 additional donations it would be a great help. If you can volunteer to make 5 calls this weekend, send me an email email@example.com and I will send you a name list. Thank you, Nancy Walsh