NEWINGTON – State Rep. Gary Turco of the 27th district announced Tuesday he is seeking a second term in the Connecticut General Assembly.
Turco is now awaiting the endorsement of the Newington Democratic Party to run for re-election in the Nov. 3, 2020 general election.
“It has been an honor to serve the residents of Newington during my first term and together we have accomplished so much to make our community a better and brighter place to live,” Turco said. “Although we have been hit with hard times due to Covid-19, I will continue to work hard for the community helping to improve the quality of life, lower the cost of living, and provide greater economic opportunities for all of Newington’s residents. I humbly ask for the support of Newington residents to continuing fighting for them at our State Capital.”
He reflected fondly on the last year-and-a-half in service to the town of Newington, which he calls home.
“It was an incredible opportunity to be at the Capital representing the town I love - the town I live in,” Turco explained. “Last year we had so much success. Hopefully the people of Newington will see I worked really hard for them to deliver on the promises I made.”
The Newington Democratic Town Committee is planning to host a virtual endorsement convention next Wednesday, May 20 at 6:30 p.m. The event will be live-streamed on Turco’s Facebook page, Facebook.com/TurcoForNewington/.
Some of Turco’s proudest accomplishments from his first term in office include working with town officials to preserve an additional 18.2 acres of land on Cedar Mountain and securing over $1 million in state aid for Newington schools. He also backed legislation that expanded state income tax exemptions on social security and pensions.
Turco was behind a bill that now mandates insurance companies to cover preventative health services like ultrasounds to detect cancer earlier and improve patient outcomes, as well as a new program allowing earned family medical leave. His work to reduce student debt led to the implementation of free tuition and tuition assistance programs at community and state colleges.
“Now things have really changed and we’re facing big deficits,” Turco pointed out of the next few years. “Now it’s going to be about keeping those programs in place and maintaining vital services while still having a balanced budget. It’s going to take a lot of hard work and I don’t want Newington to lose any state funding in the process.”
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