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I enthusiastically support Jillian Gilchrest for State Representative for District 18. I knew her first as a committed mother, engaged neighbor, dedicated Board of Ed member, and fierce advocate for women and children. She would bring the energy and creativity our state government desperately needs.
Jillian is a consistent, tireless, and effective advocate for gender equality, racial justice, religious pluralism, and environmental justice. She is deeply concerned about the economy and is dedicated to finding creative solutions to improve Connecticut’s financial situation and to create jobs. With her background in social work and public policy, she brings a unique perspective and deep knowledge to discussions related to family and medical leave, sexual violence and harassment, healthcare, public education, homelessness, disability rights, sensible strategies for reducing gun violence, and more.
Most importantly, Jillian is a fresh, new voice and has the gift of finding common ground, things our state desperately needs. She has a desire to respectfully listen to and learn from others’ positions and the willingness to make hard choices that would benefit state residents. She has spent her entire career dedicated to supporting and empowering those who have been victimized and marginalized, and I don’t doubt that she will fight for her constituents with the same verve, wisdom, and sense of purpose.
The government needs to do things in new, effective, and creative ways, and I believe Jillian will help usher in change to our amazing state in ways that will benefit us all. I am so excited to vote for her in the primary on Aug. 14!
Rev. Tracy Mehr-Muska, D.Min.