Liz Linehan announces run for Connecticut Representative (103rd District): A candidate who makes promises and produces results
Residents in Cheshire, Southington and Wallingford recently got a shot in the arm when Liz Linehan of Cheshire announced she is a Democrat candidate for 103rd District Representative.
Linehan, in her second term as Cheshire Third District Town Councilor, is a proven special politician whose only agenda is the agenda of the people. She believes a great leader is one who is open to any idea for the betterment of the community.
As 103rd District Representative, that basic philosophy will certainly extend to all the communities she will serve.
Linehan is a no-nonsense, straight shooter who extensively researches both sides of every issue and relays that information to her constituents so they are informed.
Linehan is a politician who believes in inclusion and working both sides of the aisle to get the best results for her constituents. Civility is a priority for her.
But perhaps the most important aspect of Linehan’s political career, something that Southington and Wallingford residents should embrace, is that she delivers on her campaign promises.
When she first ran for Cheshire Town Council in 2013, she promised to improve public safety, restore bulky waste and limit tax hikes. She was able to accomplish each of those promises in her first four months on the Cheshire Town Council in 2014.
When it comes to public safety, the Cheshire Town Council approved the contract with Student Guardian, which places cameras on school busses to take a video of motorists who pass a bus when the stop arm is extended and lights are flashing.
The company then reviews the tapes and issues a ticket on the town's behalf, all at no cost to the town (the contracted company does the work).
“As a mother of small children and a human with a general dislike of dangerous behavior, I was absolutely flabbergasted that this resolution was tabled (not taken up for a vote) by my District Councilor last year (2013),” Linehan said at the time. “It was done so over money, as Mr. Falvey (then Town Councilor Andy Falvey) thought the town should receive a greater take of the ticket revenue. In other words, squabbling over a few dollars in revenue was more important than the safety of our children.”
When it comes to restoring bulky waste, this was accomplished at a far, far lesser cost to the town than the bid that originally came in.
When it comes to limiting tax hikes, together with fellow Town Councilors Peter Talbot and Patti Flynn-Harris, Linehan fulfilled this promise. They put forth a budget that was just two hundredths of a percentage point higher than the Republican budget. They also added two new services that the Republican budget did not - full-day kindergarten and Sunday library hours in the winter.
Linehan has proven to be both fiscally prudent and community centered, which is exactly what the people of Cheshire deserve under her Town Council watch and what the people in the 103rd District in Southington, Wallingford and Cheshire will get as their state Representative.
Linehan is a fighter and whenever told she can’t accomplish something it makes her work harder. She listens to voters, colleagues, the numbers and the experts.
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 at the New Haven Register for 36 years.