TO THE EDITOR:
I am very pleased to endorse William Tong and Stephanie Thomas for the positions of Attorney General and Secretary of the State, respectively, of the State of Connecticut.
We live in times when, unfortunately, it is more important than ever for our State officials to vigorously defend rights that most of us have taken for granted historically, such as the right to vote in free and fair elections and the right of women to make very personal reproductive decisions appropriate to their circumstances, unencumbered by the government.
I have spent time with both of these candidates and have been impressed not only by their distinguished educational and professional backgrounds, but more importantly by their passion to serve in their key roles of protecting and promoting the interests of all Connecticut residents.
In particular, I have known William for a number of years and have closely followed the progression of his political career. William started his professional career out of the University of Chicago Law School by joining Simpson Thacher and Bartlett, one of the most prominent and selective law firms in the Country. (I know this because both my wife Denise and I worked there as well.) William has, to his credit, utilized his skills for the past four years to forcefully defend and protect the citizens of Connecticut in his current role as our Attorney General.
I met Stephanie in the context of my role as then Chair of Weston’s Planning & Zoning Commission. Last year the State legislature, of which Stephanie was a member, was considering a number of bills that would have affected our local zoning regulations. In our discussions I found her to be a good and thoughtful listener who advocated for practical solutions to the issues raised by these bills. I feel strongly that she will bring these skills, as well as her passionate defense of our basic rights, to her new role as our Secretary of the State.
I hope you will join me in voting for these two exceptional candidates on November 8.
— Ken Edgar
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