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One on one with State Senator Julie Kushner


Cross post from HatCityBLOG
I had an opportunity to have a conversation with State Senator Julie Kushner and get her take on the state of her campaign for re-election in the 24th district.

Statement via State Seantor Kushner’s campaign page:

I’ve spent my career bringing working people together to win real victories, from organizing secretaries in New York to fighting for you as your State Senator. I ran in 2018 to get big things done – and we did! I led efforts to pass paid family & medical leave and a $15 minimum wage.

I worked on district concerns like protecting Candlewood Lake from invasive species, restoring funding to keep the Western CT Mental Health Network open, funding to pay for upgrades to the Women’s Center of Greater Danbury, and funding additions to the Regional Hospice and Palliative Care in Danbury. We also passed three bills to reduce gun violence, including banning ghost guns. We made debt-free Community College a reality which will make Naugatuck Valley Community College even more accessible to our community. Most importantly, I joined with my colleagues to increase state funding for the Danbury Public Schools.

While the 2020 legislative session was cut short by the health crisis, I’ve been on daily calls working on and advocating for policies that have kept us safe and contributed to Connecticut leading the nation in dealing with the Coronavirus. When many people didn’t know where to turn with a problem, I reached out to constituents and offered help. We have helped people struggling with food insecurity and rent issues. We have helped people get their unemployment insurance. We continue to work to provide these constituent services. But there’s still much work to make sure Connecticut comes out of the pandemic, an even better place to work and raise a family.

During the conversation, State Senator Kushner provided a synopsis of her first term in the General Assembly, commented on major issues of concern in the 24th district, and offered her top priorities that she hopes to tackle in the next legislative session if elected for a second term.