State Senator Terry Gerratana won the unanimous endorsement of the the 6th Senatorial District Democratic convention Monday night at Portofino’s Restaurant in Berlin. Forty-three delegates from three communities backed Gerratana for a second full term in the State Senate. Gerratana, elected to the Senate in a special election in February 2011 succeeding Donald J. DeFronzo, said she is excited to be seeking a new term to continue the work of revitalizing the senatorial district that includes Berlin, New Britain and a portion of Farmington.
Gerratana, who chairs the Legislature’s public health committee, said the health-oriented enterprise zone launched by Governor Malloy and Democrats in the last two years has the potential to bring 6,000 new jobs to the area over the next 20 years. According to Senator Gerratana, the development of Jackson Laboratories will lead to investments in biotechnology incubator businesses across the region.
The investment in CT Fastraks and bus rapid transit, she said, will spawn transit-oriented development that will benefit the entire senate district. Gerratana also cited the work of the Democratic legislative delegation in increasing school aid and other town and municipal aid in the state budget to avert extra burdens on property taxes.
“This has been a team effort,” Gerratana told delegates. “The driving force has been Governor Malloy and working together we have accomplished so much. Workers, families, older residents and children have been protected and their quality of life enhanced.”
New Britain Democrats will meet Tuesday to endorse candidates for state representative in three separate nominating conventions for representation in the 22nd, 24th, 25th and 26th General Assembly Districts.
Photo Credit: Frank Gerratana