Senator Edward Meyer (D-12th) has declared that he will seek re-election to the 12th State Senate District consisting of the towns of Branford, Guilford, Madison, Killingworth, Durham and North Branford. “It has been a great privilege to represent the residents of the 12th District in recent years, and I am excited to continue this public service and try to make Connecticut an even better place to live,” Senator Meyer said in a prepared release Tuesday.
Senator Meyer referred to several areas of his focus in the next couple of years. “First,” he said, “I want to help build a Connecticut economic renaissance. Secondly, this is the time for education reform -- raising our teacher and student standards and enhancing our ability to compete in a global society where American schools are no longer ranked in the top 25 in mathematics and the sciences.”
The Senator also referred to “the priority” of setting performance standards for our utilities in emergency weather conditions. “The cost to our small businesses and residents from excessively long power outages must end,” he said.
In a joint statement by Senate President Donald Williams and Senate Majority Leader Martin Looney, they stated that “Ed Meyer is a leader in the Connecticut Senate with a flair for original ideas, particularly in his capacity as Senate Chair of our Environment Committee. We have urged him to seek re-election and are delighted that he wants to continue his significant service.”
State Comptroller Kevin Lembo also indicated his “enthusiastic support” for Senator Meyer’s re-election. “As a Guilford resident, I particularly admire Ed’s tenacity and true passion for public service -- always demonstrating his ability to stand up and speak out with an independent voice.”
Senator Meyer not only chairs the Environment Committee but he also serves as vice-chair of the Government Administration and Elections Committee and a member of the Judiciary Committee. He has received many awards for his legislative achievements including being named “Green Knight” by the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters. He and his wife Patty Ann, a tennis professional, live in Guilford and have six children, thirteen grandchildren and a dog named Mo. Senator Meyer previously served as an organized crime prosecutor in the U.S. Department of Justice.