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Working Families Party nominates Conroy

BEACON FALLS — The Connecticut Working Families Party has announced its nomination of Theresa Conroy for state representative in the 105th District.

Conroy, a Seymour resident, is a Democrat seeking re-election in the 105th House District that represents Beacon Falls, Derby and Seymour. The nomination means Conroy’s name will be placed on the Working Families Party ballot line, Row C.

Priorities for the Working Families Party in the state Legislature are ensuring that all Connecticut families have good jobs, access to affordable health care and quality education, a press release stated. The party focuses on issues like raising the minimum wage, creating jobs with fair pay and quality benefits and ensuring that all workers can retire with financial security and dignity.

“An active volunteer, Theresa has a proven, lifetime commitment to serving her community,” the press release stated. “Theresa has been a tireless advocate for her district and knows what our working families need to build a better life. Theresa will work to improve health care affordability and access, make our community more livable for seniors and people with disabilities, invest in critical infrastructure to make sure families can get to work and school safely, help create good jobs, and make sure young people graduate with the skills they need in the modern workplace.”

Shehu issues debate challenge, Hartley answers

HARTFORD — Karl Shehu, a Republican candidate running for the 15th District State Senate seat, challenged incumbent Democrat Joan Hartley to a series of five debates.

Hartley responded, saying she contacted WATR radio to schedule a debate on “The Larry Rifkin Show.”

“I’m ready to hold the Senator accountable for her nearly 30 years in Hartford with, what I see as, little results,” Shehu wrote in a press release. “I will debate her anywhere at any time.”

In her written response, Hartley mentioned the Statewide Grievance Committee of the Connecticut Bar’s finding that Shehu engaged in unethical conduct as an attorney. Shehu is appealing the decision.

“I am sure you will agree that the voters of Waterbury, Naugatuck and Middlebury deserve a full and honest explanation in a public forum before the November election regarding this reprimand and the findings of ‘unethical conduct,’” Hartley wrote. “I am particularly troubled by the Grievance Committee’s finding that they did not find you ‘to be candid and truthful’ when testifying at the grievance hearing. More astounding is their statement that your conduct ‘suggests that his personal code of ethics is for sale.’”

-Special to the Citizen’s News