What’s important to Vickie Nardello?
When Nardello easily won the nomination for State Representative from the 89th District (Cheshire, Bethany and Prospect), she emphasized important issues like jobs, fiscal responsibility and the welfare of children.
“Jobs cannot and should not be outsourced,” Nardello said in a recent press release. “We need to make it easier for businesses to grow their workforce so that our young people and young families can stay here in our great State.”
While making it easier for small businesses to do business in Cheshire, Bethany and Prospect, Nardello envisions investments in the fields of health, bioscience and green energy as ways to create jobs.
“I will always stand up for those in my community,” Nardello said.
When asked about the surplus in the state budget Nardello said, “I believe that fiscal responsibility is achieved by judging all budget proposals on their individual merits and effectiveness.
“I will make those difficult decisions within the framework of a balanced budget. We all have to manage our personal budgets. So should the State.”
In May at the Democratic convention to nominate a State Representative from the 89th District, held at the Cheshire Senior Center, delegates from Cheshire, Bethany and Prospect unanimously voted to endorse Nardello’s run for office.
Nardello fought government bureaucracy for years trying to improve children’s access to quality health care.
“Vickie has been an advocate for all kids in Connecticut taking issues that no one talked about and making them central,” Pat Baker, a delegate from Cheshire, said.
“Vickie is exactly what we need in the Legislature” said Eileen Cranney, the Prospect Democratic Town Chair. “She possesses a unique ability to be strong, to stand up for those that most need it, yet able to form a consensus with those who may be of differing opinions.”
Carol Goldberg, Bethany Democratic Town Chair, believes Nardello has “always stood up for us.”
Goldberg said, “After all of those terrible storms that we had, it was Vickie who created new accountability standards for emergency storm response that requires utility companies to get the power back on in a timely fashion.
“Vickie continues to advocate for those in her community. She is a leader in the effort to stop auctioning off consumers’ electricity accounts to the highest bidder. She believes that consumers should not be made to pay exorbitant rates from private electric companies.”
When Nardello was in office, she was never one to back off from the tough questions, even challenging the leadership in her own political party. She prides herself on thoroughly researching every issue before her and makes independent decisions.
And when it comes to residents in Cheshire, Bethany and Prospect, she understands the need to connect and interact with members of all three communities.
“It’s important to be available to members of the community,” Nardello said. “From taking telephone calls at night or on the weekends to visiting people in their homes to discuss their issues.”