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On August 14th, registered Democrats in the 18th Assembly district will go to the polls to vote in a primary. Mr. Fleischmann has earned our support for re-election to another term in the General Assembly. His legislative experience coupled with his leadership and advocacy skills have served our district well.
More specifically, in the most recent legislative session, the General Assembly adopted by unanimous vote SB-452, “An act concerning the inclusion of Holocaust and Genocide Education and awareness in the social studies curriculum.”
Our state representative, Andy Fleischmann, House Chair of the Education Committee, played a key role in the passage of this important legislation. This act of the legislature requires that in social studies classes throughout Connecticut, students will be taught about the Holocaust and Genocide. Students will learn about the dangers of hatred, bias and intolerance of others. This mandatory classroom instruction will teach students about why it is so important to “never forget” what happened to millions of people.
Why is this a significant piece of legislation to so many in our legislative district and to the citizens of the State of Connecticut? Simply stated, each year that passes, the number of survivors of the Holocaust continues to decline. And one day in the near future, there will not be anyone alive who survived the atrocities of the Holocaust. As a society, it is incumbent upon us to teach our children about the evil and the horrors that were committed and to pledge that we will not let this occur again. We must “never forget” what happened.
Mr. Fleischmann should be commended for his hard work and dedication on this particular piece of legislation. He has demonstrated that he understands the significance of issues that are important to his constituents. On Tuesday, please join me in supporting Mr. Fleischmann in his re-election bid so that he can continue to serve the best interests of the residents of the 18th District.
Leon S. Davidoff
West Hartford Town Councilor