CT State Building Trades and Union of Operating Engineers Endorsement

Senator Kevin Kelly (R) 21st Senate District

Senator Kevin Kelly, who is running for reelection to represent the 21st Senate District, has earned the endorsement of the hardworking men and women of the Connecticut State Building Trades Council and the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 478.

“I am honored to receive the endorsement of thousands of Connecticut workers who build our state and contribute so much to our communities, economy, and quality of life,” said Senator Kevin Kelly. “First and foremost, thank you to Connecticut’s workers in the construction industry and building trades for all you do to build and grow our state for the better. I am committed to making sure your voices are heard and working together on policies to grow jobs and enhance workforce development to better connect people with opportunity and long term, good-paying careers. Thank you to our workers who are the foundation of our state in so many ways. The economic stability of our families hinges on good relationships between workers, job creators, and the state legislature. I look forward to continuing our good work together to best support quality jobs and all our families,” said Kelly.

“Senator Kelly, we fully appreciate your hard work and effort that you have continuously do every day being an effective voice throughout Connecticut, and without qualification endorse you for re-election,” said Garry Gyenizs, Business Manager International Union of Operating Engineers Local 478. “We are formally endorsing you as the candidate as one who best represents Connecticut’s Construction Industry and who will provide a voice for our members who reside in Connecticut’s 21st Senate District. Local 478 has always been committed to supporting candidates who share our vision of Building a Better Connecticut by ensuring that heavy construction workers around the State earn wages and benefits that reflect the skills and professionalism that we put forth every day.”

“On behalf of the over 30,000 hardworking men and women of the Connecticut State Building Trades Council, it is my privilege to inform you that the CSBTC has endorsed your campaign of the General Assembly,” Keith R. Brothers, President CT State Building Trades wrote to Senator Kelly. “Our members will be working hard to get you elected and we hope the support leads you to victory.”

Sen. Kelly is an advocate for workforce development support across Connecticut. He has been recognized by the Connecticut Business and Industry Association for a 100 percent pro-jobs voting record on key bills identified as critical to the state’s job creators, workforce, affordability, and overall economic growth. Earlier this year he joined his Senate Republican colleagues in proposing a Better Way to a Prosperous Connecticut a comprehensive workforce development plan which includes additional ways we can further our efforts to help every person find their pathway to a career. The Better Way to a Prosperous Connecticut plan includes establishing a pipeline to work, pathways to careers, reviving job fairs and vocational program recruitment, career opportunities for veterans, revising occupational licensing, and establishing a Buy CT to Build CT program to support defense industry jobs, among many proposals.

Senator Kelly, a lifelong resident of Stratford, currently serves as the Senate Minority Leader in the state Senate and works as an elder law attorney as the owner of Kevin Kelly & Associates, PC; a Stratford law firm. As a state Senator, Kevin Kelly has championed historic bipartisan legislation to enhance children’s mental health care, promote public safety, enhance health care access, create fiscal stability, and strengthen the state’s elder abuse laws. Prior to working in private practice, Kevin Kelly worked as an investigator for the Department of Social Services for over 13 years. He and his wife Cindy live in Stratford and have four children and seven grandchildren.

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