What are they saying about Laura?

Please scroll through to find various letters of support for Laura in her bid for re-election. Thank you to all who sent letters in.

The type of leadership we should all be proud to have in our community, regardless of party affiliation.

As our streets are lined with political lawn signs, and the air feels crisper each day, one thing is abundantly clear: Fall is among us, and so are the impending November elections. Although many feel they’re tired of hearing about political issues, tired of the political mud-slinging that seems to have defined so much of 2020’s National Political arena; and just tired of the state of our nation as we approach month #9 of a global pandemic (seriously, this is getting exhausting); it’s easy to tune out the political noise and just throw up our hands and say, why should we care? The world seems to be on fire each day anyway, right? What can we do that will make anything better?

Sure- some days we all feel that way- but the following day, we must wake up and realize, OUR WORLD IS ON FIRE!!

When an issue important to you, your family, and your livelihood explodes, and you need to call in for help- who are you going to call?

Each week, another major issue seems to pop up in our ‘world’. Whether it’s at the State level, the Town level, or even your specific neighborhood—things are happening, and often- they’re major issues that we simply can’t fix on our own. Each individual, with only one vote can’t make collective change without strong advocacy, strong representation, and frankly- calling in on the experts who know where to go to get the job done, who to call to get your issue heard, and most importantly, what it’s going to take to make the change.Subscribe

When something is on fire, you call the person who is going to answer your call, show up, and use their skills and tools to put the fire out.

Regardless of your political affiliation, or whatever issue in your ‘world’ that seems to be exploding against your will, those types of leaders – always answer the call. They show up. They say “how can we help?” And they get involved. And frankly, it doesn’t matter what party you typically support..that’s the type of leadership response we should all be proud to have in our community.

And that is precisely what our neighborhood organization learned about two strong community leaders: State Rep. Laura Devlin and Senator Tony Hwang.

Just over a year ago, after whispers of a major zoning change to our Greenfield Hill neighborhood in Fairfield, neighbors congregated to share concerns, to strategize how we could collectively come together to appeal the flagrant abuse of process that had somehow been allowed to occur, and how we can fight for our community to protect the zoning. After significant fundraising efforts, burning the midnight oil researching statutory provisions and hosting late-night meetings to prepare, filing two lawsuits in Superior Court, public hearings with the State of Connecticut, and even testifying at the Capitol in Hartford to propose a bill to protect the well-intentioned group home definition (SB-185); our little original group of half -a-dozen neighbors, has turned into an organization of over 300 supporters called Neighbors for Neighborhood Preservation who are working hard to prevent a ‘mental health residential living home’ treatment facility from operating in two residential zoned homes in Fairfield. And we are successfully demanding action, demanding change, and standing up for what we believe is right in the face of profit-driven circumventing of the well-intended laws that impact our most vulnerable members of our community. And who has been part of each step of that process? Laura Devlin & Tony Hwang.

As a group of volunteer neighbors, who created this organization which met after we all got home from commuting to our full-time jobs daily, most of us had little political background or experience. We needed the expertise of seasoned experts who knew how to get an issue to the top of the agenda, to present our cause in front of the people who hold power to make change, and to elevate our arguments to be taken seriously. But, we didn’t have to ask for their help.. Laura & Tony heard about these neighbors who were working hard to take a stance…and they asked US how THEY can help

So much of our progress and success thus far, has been because they have supported us since our organization formed. From attending every late-night meeting with our board members, meeting to discuss strategy, to plan out our procedural and political approach, and facilitating our cause in front of the press- both Laura & Tony have continued to show up, to stand by our board, and walk us through the process to make sure our voices are heard.

They came to each Zoning meeting to help us prepare with our attorneys. They spoke at the Zoning Board of Appeals Hearing. They authored letters of support of our objections toward former Town Officials and the procedures that were ignored. They attended meetings with us at Town Hall. They demanded explanations, answers, and more importantly, a promise to restore process and transparency.

But their support of us didn’t stop there.

Laura & Tony invited our board members up to the State Capitol in Hartford, and arranged for us to testify to the Housing Committee with their legislative member support, literally walking us through the aisles of the State Capitol to ensure our arguments were heard.

They joined hours upon hours of conference calls, preparing for the Certificate of Need hearing. They wrote letters of legislative support to the Office of Health Strategy, making it clear that the Neighbors weren’t just NIMBY complainers , but that legitimate process was failed here, and that risks to community structure, services, and healthcare access were dire as a result of this failure. They demanded that we were owed a duty of process and transparency.

They marched into the packed room at the OHS Hearing at Fairfield University, and presented prepared testimony to set the tone of the hearing on our behalf, advocating that the State of Connecticut cannot just rubber stamp fraudulent applications such as Newport Academy’s, without acknowledging the grave danger it presents to our community, and communities all over the State. They refused to back down, and continued to advocate on our behalf.

As 2020 continued, they arranged conferences with First Selectwoman Brenda Kupchick and the new Town Attorney to ensure our efforts remain at the top of the priorities our Town faces this year.

And they never gave up.

Laura & Tony have been a part of this small neighborhood organization since Day 1, and not because they were asked to be, but because it was an issue that resonated with them as neighbors, because they live here too.

As the President of this organization, Neighbors for Neighborhood Preservation, I am writing this letter to the editor, for one reason. Not because I want to persuade your vote, and not because I have any political gain to be had from taking a position. I’m just one of those original neighbors, who needed help when my community was threatened, and I refused to sit back. But I do believe in transparency and sharing information with a community who otherwise may not be privy to all that goes on behind the scenes of the work that some of these leaders are doing.

I feel strongly that local voters of all-party affiliations should know stories like ours.

Voters should know that our little organization is just one example of the many community projects that have been uniquely enriched, and the platform elevated, by the unwavering support of State Rep. Laura Devlin and Senator Tony Hwang.

Voters should know that among those hard-working community volunteers, who show up to get a job done, who pitch in to make a difference, who have put in tireless hours to advocate for a cause they believe in, is State Rep. Laura Devlin & Senator Tony Hwang.

And we are thankful for their support of our cause.

This election season is coming up fast and furious, and many would argue that we are long overdue for a serious change in the political arena. But one thing must remain something we can all hope to rely on, and that is that issues in our communities, whatever they are, have the ability to be heard by people who will answer the call, will show up to listen , and have the skill and experience to leverage the issues to the proper vehicles of change. And I’m personally thankful that I have the unique experience of working with both State Rep. Laura Devlin and Senator Tony Hwang, to know that their leadership will deliver that commitment.

I’m not voting for them because of their party affiliation. I’m voting for them because of their commitment to our community.

Respectfully submitted,

Meghan McCloat |Neighbors for Neighborhood Preservation, Fairfield CT

Fairfield Resident

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To the editor;

I am writing to convey my support for Laura Devlin in her bid for re-election as our state representative for the 134th General Assembly District. Having had the privilege get to know Laura and witness first-hand her level of genuine care and interest in each resident she meets, I know without a doubt that Laura is the best choice to represent all residents of the 134th District in Hartford.

During her time in Hartford Laura has taken that caring heart for her constituents and turned it into action. She has a 100 percent voting record overall since being elected. Laura was out front in the fight to hold our electric providers accountable when they proposed dramatic rate increases on the heels of questionable response efforts during the latest tropical storm. Also, Laura was recognized as State Representative of the Year by the Motor Transportation Association of Connecticut for her efforts in standing up for residents and small business owners alike against the imposing the threat of tolls on our highways.

Additionally, she was endorsed by the NFIB – the voice for small businesses, CT Realtors, and the CT League of Conservation Voters.

A vote for Laura is a vote for the kind of work-ethic, compassion, and sensibility we need more of in Hartford. Please select Laura Devlin on Nov.3.

Matt Caron, District 4

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To the editor;

At this point in time, Connecticut needs experienced leadership in Hartford. We can’t afford the luxury of electing an inexperienced candidate with a considerable learning curve during these challenging times.

Laura Devlin is an experienced leader who has proven herself to be hardworking, committed and successful. Laura is a former top corporate executive who knows what it’s like to ride the crowded Metro North into the city everyday and battle in the business world. She also knows the challenges of being an independent business owner. She knows what it’s like to meet a payroll and deliver a product.

As our state representative Laura has brought real world experience and entrepreneurial ambition to Hartford. Let’s look at what Laura Devlin has done while representing parts of Fairfield and Trumbull (134th District) in Hartford.

She succeeded in leading the charge to stop the tolls in Connecticut that would have hurt working families and small businesses. In this over-taxed state, she opposed $1.8 billion in new taxes. She helped seniors by opposing an attempt to end the phase-out of state income tax on pensions.

Connecticut remains one of the few states that still taxes pensions, thus losing our senior population to other less costly states. She has supported the education of our children by helping to defeat a plan to force local school districts to regionalize. She has supported our police and firefighters by advocating for PTSD benefits for them.

During the height of the pandemic you could find Laura every Wednesday afternoon in front of the Trumbull Library collecting supplies for the Trumbull Food Pantry. She’s not afraid of a hands-on approach to problem solving.

This COVID- 19 pandemic has changed our world and is presenting us with challenges that are even more complex than before. We need experience and hardworking leadership in Hartford to lead us out of this nightmare. We need leadership that can move us forward to make Connecticut a place where people can work, raise a family and retire. We can do this. But we need Laura’s experience and work ethic in Hartford to succeed. We need to send State Representative Laura Devlin back to Hartford.

Joe Pifko, District 4 |Trumbull Republicans

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To the editor;

Since 2008 I have watched the race of the 134th District state representative closely. I worked with Tony Hwang on his campaign and he was a tough act to follow. In 2014, 2016 and 2018, I supported the Democratic candidates as I listened to their platform and thought they would be a great fit for the times we were in.

But, 2020 is a year of struggle and rebuilding for the State of Connecticut. Many of the governor’s rulings do not make sense to me, such as deeming Realtors essential employees, but stay home, stay safe and have countless strangers come into your home? Common sense?

This is not the year for on-the-job-training, but a year to send an experienced, common sense, community minded advocate to the state – and that is Laura Devlin. I appreciate her strong business sense. She has been present in the Trumbull community weekly collecting food for the food pantry, helping individuals and businesses navigate the assistance they may be in need of during this time and available for questions and concerns on the state level. Laura Devlin has earned my vote.

Laura understood the negative effect the tolls would have had on Connecticut. Laura understands the balance between keeping Connecticut healthy under COVID guidelines and the economic and financial stability for business owners and residents. And she will continue to work hard advocating for the educational funding needed in both Trumbull and Fairfield.

Laura understands the negative impact the governor’s ruling on tenant protection during COVID has had on landlords. And I trust Laura will continue to advocate with a common-sense approach, through research, and passionate arguments on our behalf.

Laura understands what is needed to navigate success in these uncharted times. We need Laura Devlin in Hartford to continue the work she has started. As an unaffiliated voter this is the year I cast my vote for Laura Devlin and I hope you do as well.

Lisa Valenti, U-4th District

Trumbull Town Council

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