Former Town Manager to face Veach in the 30th

Former Berlin Town Manager Denise McNair has accepted the Democratic nomination for State Representative for the 30th District. The district, currently represented by Republican Donna Veach, includes parts of Berlin and Southington. 

The Berlin and Southington Democratic town committees formally nominated McNair on July 21. She fills a vacancy for the nomination after a previous candidate dropped out of the race.

“My husband, Jim, and I raised our family in Berlin and have long been part of the community here," said McNair. “I also acknowledge and honor our neighbors in Southington and the integral role they play in our district. As a resident, I am grateful for the contributions of my neighbors in the 30th District and believe they deserve to have a representative who will work just as hard for them as they work for themselves and their families."

Berlin Democratic Town Committee Chair Kristin Campanelli said of McNair: “With decades of experience working in Berlin town government and years of living in the community, Denise McNair is uniquely aware of the issues affecting the district. “She has continually demonstrated her commitment to those she serves, and I have no doubt she will do what’s in the best interest of all residents in the 30th District.”

Southington Democratic Town Committee Chair Erin Morran-Cowles said: “We are excited to support Denise McNair for the 30th house district. As a former Town Manager, Denise knows first hand how decisions made on the state level affect our towns, and I am confident that she will represent the best interests of both Berlin and Southington.”

McNair served as Berlin Town Manager from 2008 to 2017, working with the seven-member Town Council in developing the annual multimillion-dollar budget, as well as overseeing the supervision, direction and administration of most town departments, agencies and offices.

Also, McNair was the Collector of Revenue in Berlin from 1993 to 2008. Additionally, she has worked in other government roles in the town of Mansfield.

McNair, who holds a Juris Doctorate from New England School of Law, began her legal career as an assistant clerk in Connecticut Superior Court, and worked as a general practice attorney for Eisenberg, Anderson, Michalik & Lynch, where she became a partner in 1988.

She is a graduate of the University of Connecticut, with a B.A. in political science, and holds a certification as a Connecticut Municipal Tax Collector.




More From This Section