Wilton Delegation Meets with Constituents at League of Women Voters Breakfast

February 4, 2014

Wilton – State Representatives Gail Lavielle (R-143) and Tom O’Dea (R-125) and State Senator Toni Boucher (R-26) met with the Wilton League of Women Voters and a group of seniors for a legislative breakfast on Friday morning at the Greens at Cannondale in Wilton. The three elected officials sat together facing a packed room of people eager to hear about the upcoming legislative session and ask questions of their representatives in Hartford.

The topics covered varied widely, from attracting more women to service in elected office and increasing voter turnout in local elections to campaign finance reform and a lively discussion on the state’s minimum wage.

“I enjoyed today’s conversation and thank the League of Women Voters and the Greens at Cannondale for hosting this event. Discussions about regionalization, minimum wage, campaign finance reform, and reaching out to get more women to run for office in addition to encouraging people to vote are all good subjects to talk about,” said Sen. Toni Boucher.

The event was jointly sponsored and organized by the Wilton League of Women Voters and the Greens at Cannondale, and was a great success, according to the League’s president Amy Harris.

“I am very grateful that the members of our Hartford delegation made themselves available to the League and the seniors,” Harris said. “It was great to have them here answering our questions, and I am hopeful that the communication will continue through the coming legislative session.”

Another topic that was given thorough consideration was transportation, with Rep. Lavielle speaking about the urgent need for investment in the Metro-North Railroad and all three legislators answering a question about the potential for the return of tolls to Fairfield County’s highways.

“Community events like this breakfast are wonderful opportunities for us to listen to our constituents,” Rep. Lavielle said. “When we can all get together to speak about the things that matter to the people we represent, everyone benefits.”

Rep. O’Dea echoed this sentiment multiple times throughout the breakfast, noting that people don’t always pay attention to what is going on in Hartford because “they don’t realize how much what happens there affects them.”

“I appreciate the League and the Greens at Cannondale hosting this event,” commented Rep. O’Dea. “We had a good discussion on some important issues, and I think we all left today with a better understanding of what awaits us and what our priorities should be next week when the session begins.”