Former Simsbury First Selectman Mary Glassman isn’t concerned about the national narrative about political upstarts continuing to have success against party-backed candidates.
Glassman, endorsed by the Democratic party, is locked in a tight race with Waterbury teacher Jahana Hayes for the nomination in the 5th Congressional District, and Hayes supporters have shown enthusiasm.
Glassman, though, said Wednesday that she is confident voters will opt for her experience during the Aug. 14 primary.
“I think people are looking for someone to go to Washington and make a difference, but our momentum clearly indicates people want someone who understands government,” Glassman said during an episode the “Morning Record.”
The Democratic nominee will face the winner of a three-way Republican race — former Meriden mayor Manny Santos, Ruby Corby O’Neill, and Richard Dupont — to replace U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty.
Esty announced in April that she won’t seek re-election after a controversy over her handling of complaints of abuse against her former chief of staff.
Glassman served first selectman of Simsbury from 1991-1999, becoming the first Democrat to hold the post in roughly 40 years, and again from 2007 to 2014.
She also worked as chief of staff to Kevin Sullivan, the current Department of Revenue commissioner, when he was lieutenant governor, and was counsel to former House Speaker Moira K. Lyons.
Glassman said she can still bring a “new, fresh approach” for voters who have grown weary of Washington politics, but her experience will also enable her to provide quick opposition to President Donald Trump. “We really need to stand up and fight this administration and really use all the tools that we have,” she said.
Her policy stances include preserving social security and veterans benefits, supporting education, and working to secure as much funding as possible to replace outdated infrastructure and grow manufacturing in Connecticut.
She is also critical of Trump’s immigration policies, saying she wants to restore the Obama Administration policy of Deferred Action of Child Arrivals and create a pathway to citizenship for recipients.
“We’ve never had an appropropriate immigration policy, but we’ve never had the amount of chaos and discrimination and racism and arbitrary interpretations,” she said.
To hear more from Glassman, listen to the “Morning Record,” the Record-Journal’s daily news podcast, at https://bit.ly/2NGKkzX