To the Editor:
With so much attention being given to the national election it may become difficult to give our local elections the attention they deserve. Here is some information for your consideration.
Arthur O’Neill, the longest serving member of the Connecticut Assembly, is retiring at the end of this term. The district he represents is the 69th, and includes Bridgewater, Southbury, Roxbury and Washington.
Michele Zommer is running for this seat. Although a relative newcomer to campaigning for elected office, she has a background rich in volunteer, personal and advisory experience. She is a charter member of the Connecticut Arts Alliance. She was an adviser for the Strategic Planning Commission in Southbury.
She was instrumental in organizing the Women and Power conference that was held in March of 2019 in honor of Ella Grasso, the first woman governor of Connecticut. She has had a 25-year career in marketing and communication.
Michele is the fifth generation of her family to own and operate her own business. She understands what can go wrong with one in times of financial upheaval. She believes in encouraging the growth of small businesses, as they form a vital part in the financial health of a community.
Many politicians will tell you that they listen to you, but how many actually hear what you are saying? Michele will, as you share your concerns for economic recovery, sustainable growth, consumer protection and senior issues. Building on your ideas and concerns, her focus will be on creating a future filled with vitality for Connecticut. She will bring a forward-thinking perspective to Hartford.
It seems more than certain that our future lives will not be much like those we have lived before Covid-19. Michele is an innovator. She believes in collaboration with others, even those who hold differing points of view.
She hears. She is comfortable with challenging the status quo when a better way becomes clear. She cares. She is a leader.
Vote for her, and help to build Connecticut’s future.
Louise P. Duke