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Councilor touts experience in run for house seat

Councilor touts experience in run for house seat

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Berlin town councilor JoAnn Angelico-Stetson is looking to represent Connecticut’s 30th district at the state capitol.

Along with serving two terms on Berlin’s Town Council, the Democratic hopeful also has served on Berlin’s Economic Development Commission and Board of Education, and as a representative of the Democratic State Central Committee.

“I bring a solid and comprehensive understanding of how governmental organizations work on a local and state level,” Stetson said in an email. “I intend to use my experience as a public servant, and strong humanistic beliefs, to make impactful legislation on behalf of the citizens of Berlin, Southington and the State of Connecticut.”

Stetson said her passion for politics began in high school when she earned a leadership role in student government.

“I became involved in the political process for simple reasons. I wanted to make a difference. I wanted to contribute to my community. I wanted to give a voice to those who felt they had none,” she said. “What better way to do so than to initiate dialogues, hear ideas and implement progressive policies that improve our quality of life?”

Some of these progressive policies are aimed at alleviating the effects of COVID-19 in a post-pandemic world. This includes creating more accessible and affordable options for healthcare, restoring and creating jobs and increasing support for students, administrators and educators. 

House speaker Joe Aresimowicz, who has held the 30th district seat for the past 14 years is not seeking reelection. A fellow Democrat, Aresimowicz is backing Stetson’s campaign.

“We need someone who has the experience to ensure the voices of the people of Berlin and Southington are heard in Hartford after I’m gone,” Aresimowicz said in a statement. “With JoAnn Angelico-Stetson on the ballot, I can retire knowing that we’ll have a fighter for us in Hartford. We’ll be able to count on her to stand up for all of us.”

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