Abrams: People have lot of hope going into this election cycle; humbled by overwhelming support in her campaign for 13th District State Senate seat
MERIDEN--When Mary Daugherty Abrams first decided to make a run for the 13th District State Senate seat, her first time as a candidate for political office, she was looking forward to the challenge and for the opportunity to instill her strong desire to protect healthcare, advocate for children, fight for seniors and stand up for our values.
What Abrams didn’t know before the campaign started, what has made the most impact with her personally and emotionally, is the overwhelming support she has received from people and organizations that have endorsed her.
“This campaign has been a fantastic experience, especially because of all the support I have received from everyone in every town in the district (Cheshire, Meriden, Middletown, Middlefield),” said Abrams at her headquarters on Saturday. “Many people, everywhere I go, and many organizations have shown incredible support for me.
“It’s been both an incredible and humbling experience.”
Among the organizations that have shown support for Abrams are Politica, a political action organization, Working Families Party, Connecticut ALF-CIO and CSEA/SEIU (Connecticut State Employees Association).
Abrams has been knocking on doors every day during her campaign. She said what has impressed her the most is how engaged people are in the district when she knocks on doors.
“Everyone I talk to, they have strong feelings, they are energized and they take the time to tell you what is on their mind,” Abrams said. “The issues we talk about are split into two things. People are concerned with the financial state of Connecticut and job growth.
“They are also concerned with social issues. People are always asking me about immigration, a woman’s right to choose, environmental concerns like climate change and how those concerns will be addressed as the Trump presidency continues.”
Abrams will continue to knock on doors in all the towns in the 13th District leading up to the Democratic primary on Tuesday (Aug. 14). She is opposed by Alex Tiktinsky.
“This campaign has become so much bigger than me,” Abrams said. “People feel their voices haven’t been heard. But there is a lot of hope going into this election cycle.
“It has been so helpful to me to have the opportunity to hear directly from people. They ask me many questions, they tell me what is on their mind and I listen.”
In addition to knocking on doors leading up to the primary, one of the events Abrams will be attending will be the Cheshire Democratic Town Committee’s stationary parade on Monday (Aug. 13). It will be held on Route 10 across the street from Town Hall in front of the Cheshire Green from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The stationary parade will be in support of all Democratic candidates heading into the primary.
Dan Nowak is chairman of the Cheshire Democratic Town Committee's Communication Relations/IT Committee, a volunteer position. He is a Cheshire Parks and Recreation Commissioner and has been a sportswriter for the New Haven Register for 34 years.