Connolly announces candidacy for 133rd District

Fairfield resident Sally Connolly (R) today declared her candidacy for the 133rd General Assembly district to represent Fairfield in the Connecticut House of Representatives. Connolly is a lifelong Connecticut resident, mother of four, traditional Irish musician, and nursing home speech-language pathologist in Fairfield.

“We live in what I consider to be one of the best towns in CT. I love Fairfield and I am running to protect our residents and our quality of life,” said Connolly. “Fairfield has fabulous schools, tons of culture, great proximity to NYC, and a very engaged and caring community which is why so many people make the decision to settle here. Let’s keep Fairfield attractive and affordable for all of our residents — our children, young adults, working families, and our town’s retirees.”

“Connecticut’s historic fiscal crisis has impacted the lives of families all across the state, including mine,” said Connolly, who emphasized her political independence. “For years, I was registered as Unaffiliated or Democrat; I changed my affiliation because I believe that our Republican legislators are actively working to solve the most serious issue facing Connecticut — our ongoing financial crisis. How much longer are we going to allow ourselves to be distracted by other issues as Connecticut’s foundation crumbles? At this critical juncture, Fairfield deserves spirited and creative representation in Hartford fighting to restore our economy while still ensuring our town gets its fair share of funding. I have come to believe that the only solution to our state’s problems and Fairfield’s consistent underfunding is a new perspective.”

After Connolly graduated from Brown University in 1999 and Boston University in 2003, she and her husband, Damien (born and raised in Ireland), married and moved to Fairfield, where they now live with their four children, Colman (13), Tiernan (11), Clara (9), and Tristan (7), who all attend Fairfield Public Schools. Connolly, who also serves on the Executive Board of McKinley Elementary School’s PTA as Director of Cultural Arts, decided to run for State House after personally experiencing the effects that “misguided decisions in Hartford” have had on Fairfield families.

“Working families in Fairfield send a very large portion of their paychecks to Hartford via their taxes and receive little back in return. It’s becoming more and more difficult to afford the high taxes and high cost of living, never mind a costly new toll plan. Although my husband and I are both well-educated, frugal individuals with good jobs, it still remains difficult for us to make ends meet every month.” said Connolly. “Far too often, our current representative has sided with Gov. Malloy and not with fellow Fairfielders. We need a State Representative who will make Fairfield its top priority.”

“Many Fairfield residents are unaware that my opponent also voted for the final version of Dan Malloy’s budget which decreased Fairfield’s Educational Cost Sharing (ECS) budget to zero,” said Connolly. “I want to be a part of Fairfield’s team in Hartford that resists the ‘spend first and cut funding to Fairfield to make up the difference’ cycle and demands that Hartford use money from Fairfield taxpayers to benefit OUR kids, families, seniors, and teachers. Protecting and preserving Fairfield’s funding will be a top priority for me.”

Connolly will seek the nomination for the 133rd district in May.

Sally Connolly

Sally Connolly

Laura Devlin, Sally Connolly, Tony Hwang, and Brenda Kupchick.

Laura Devlin, Sally Connolly, Tony Hwang, and Brenda Kupchick.

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