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Demicco Endorsed by Education Groups

Vows to fight for children & improve education

Mike Demicco, candidate for State Representative in the 21st Assembly District, received the endorsement of two important education groups in Connecticut. The Connecticut Education Association (CEA) and the American Association of University Professors (CSU-AAUP) praised Demicco for his commitment to children, teachers and public education. 

“CEA is pleased to announce the endorsement of your candidacy for CT State House of Representatives in the 2012 elections,” said Sheila Cohen, CEA President. “The citizens of this state will be fortunate to have you in the legislature.”

Demicco vowed to fight to improve education for all children to help them grow intellectually and gain the skills to be successful citizens here in Connecticut’s 21st century economy.  

College professors threw their support behind Demicco and his long-term support for higher education. “CSU-AAUP is pleased to endorse your candidacy for election to the state legislature,” wrote Julian Madison, Political Committee Chair. “This endorsement is a result of careful consideration of your position…that you recognize the needs of public higher education in Connecticut.” The group’s faculty membership is from the four State Universities, Central in New Britain, Eastern in Willimantic, Southern in New Haven and Western in Danbury.

“Education is so important to our children, our economy and our future,” said Mike Demicco, a longtime town Councilman and education advocate. “We need more state funds to prepare our children for the future. We’re getting the same amount of state funds that we got last year and are among only a small handful of towns across the state being flat funded again. We need a stronger voice in Hartford to go to bat for the children and our future.”

“As a parent and Board of Education member I have always seen Mike vote as an advocate for education and the town,” said Ellen Siuta. “He will be a balanced, stronger voice for all of us.”

Submitted by Campaign to Elect Mike Demicco.

Saul Freedman October 26, 2012 at 02:35 PM
After Democrat Town Chairman Huelin's sanctimonious protestations over Bill Wadsworth's press release supposedly not identifying campaign staff members, a claim which he later admitted was erroneous, one must wonder where Chairman Huelin is this morning to audit this press release by Governor Malloy's candidate for the 21st district, Michael Demicco..... Ellen Siuta is listed in Mr. Demicco's patch campaign profile (http://farmington.patch.com/articles/michael-demicco-democratic-candidate-for-21st-house-district) as his campaign manager, yet she fails to identify herself as campaign staff in the press release. Mr. Huelin, why are you a hypocrite? Only Republicans must be honest in your opinion and Democrats can slide by miseading Farmington voters? Mr. Demicco, why have you checked your ethics at the door for this campaign? Shame on both of you, Farmington deserves better than this.
Mark Blore October 26, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Come on - its the CEA & the CSU-AAUP. Was there ever any doubt they would be endorsing a democrat?
Bob Johnson October 26, 2012 at 07:56 PM
I pride myself for living in a town that puts our children’s education on the top of the priority list. In order to compete in today’s global economy, we need to have the most educated workforce. I know for instance that in medical school many of my fellow classmates were international students and not from the U.S. This endorsement means a lot to me. It is up to our teachers to educate our future. It says a lot in my opinion if our teachers and professors are supporting Mike Demicco. I want to be fair to both candidates and I am not a partisan ideologue. I vote on the issues and education should be on the top of most of our lists. From everything I have read, Mike Demicco is clearly the best candidate in this race to support the education of our children. I hope to tell him myself when he hopefully knocks on my door in the next couple of weeks. -Dr. Bob
Saul Freedman October 26, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Bob, you're not a partisan ideologue, but your only political posts on Patch have been to shill for Democrat candidates. Care to reconcile that?
Robert Huelin October 28, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Mr. Freedman, why are you so consistently dishonest in your arguments? I did not say a single word about the Wadsworth press release. And I stand by all of my "sanctimonious protestations." My objection was "astroturfing"--creating the illusion of public support with comments from disguised campaign staff. Mr. Landry and Mr. Dunn smeared Mr. Demicco's ethics and character while very carefully failing to identify themselves. Had they simply directed people to the press release without dishonest invective, I would not have typed a word. Indeed, I didn't comment on the Wadsworth press release because I did not find it objectionable or dishonest, and that would be true even if Mr. Landry had been identified in the press release as a Board of Ed member rather than campaign chair. I also don't think this release is objectionable. It is a campaign statement and it includes quotes from campaign supporters. If Ellen were to post a comment to some other article directing people to this press release without mentioning her role in creating it, I would let her know I did not approve. You won't believe that, but it is true. In this case, I would not have advised the Demicco campaign to use Ms. Siuta as a commenter because I don't think it is particularly effective. I do not offer my own quotes for campaign literature for this very reason. Note also there are no DTC or Demicco staff comments here, and no criticisms of Mr. Wadsworth to be found in the release or the comments.
Ron White October 31, 2012 at 12:57 AM
Absolutely no doubt, Wadsworth has always voted to cut funding for our schools. If the party line is anti education then you can't expect an endorsement from teachers or parents. I'm voting for Mike Demicco

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