Democrats endorse Abrams as candidate for 13th State Senate District; CDTC chairperson Villa: "She cares deeply about government as a force for good"
On May 21, area Democrats endorsed Mary Daugherty Abrams as their candidate in the 13th State Senate District, which is comprised of Meriden, Middlefield, and parts of Cheshire and Middletown. The nominating convention was held at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in Meriden.
In her acceptance remarks, Abrams said, “Those of you who know me know I had no intention of running for office. However, over the past few years as the Republicans on the national level began to enact their radical agenda of limiting access to health care, opposing sensible gun laws, eliminating a women’s right to choose, and restricting collective bargaining, I realized that here in our district we have a State Senator who is in lock step with this agenda.”
Abrams explained, “In the face of this, I could no longer sit back. Rather it was time for me to step forward and run for the Senate because there are some things that are worth fighting for.”
Mildred Torres-Ferguson, the Chair of the Meriden Democratic Town Committee, said, “Mary Abrams has deep roots in the community and an exceptional record as an educator. She is already inspiring voters with her values and vision and the needed change she will bring.”
Judy Villa, the Chair of the Cheshire Democratic Town Committee, commented, “Mary Abrams is a person who cares deeply about government as a force for good, having come forward to make a difference in our State Senate that is locked in a battle of political views. A former school teacher and principal, she knows how to work with all stakeholders to reach fair legislation that balances the needs of citizens with fiscal reality.”
Cheryl Pizzo, the Chair of the Middlefield Democratic Town Committee, added, “As Mary meets with voters they will immediately connect with her genuineness. She brings compassion, conviction and most importantly integrity to the race. She is a champion for the people.”
At the convention, Abrams identified issues that she will be addressing in the campaign and as a legislator, including affordable healthcare for all, family medical leave, a women’s right to choose and the right to equal pay, sensible gun laws that protect children and the community, good jobs and a stable economy where everyone prospers, equitable and quality education for all children, and “action based on the belief that every member of our community is entitled to equality, dignity, and respect.”