State Representative candidate Kathy Grant won the Democratic endorsement for the 87th district by a unanimous vote of the North Haven Democratic Town Committee at their convention on May 21.
“I am truly humbled by the unity shown tonight at this convention and the new energy we have created on this town committee,” Grant said.
Steve Fontana, who served as state representative of North Haven from 1997 to 2011, chaired the convention.
Grant has resided in North Haven for 22 years and her three children came through the North Haven school system, with her youngest graduating from North Haven High School this year.
Grant has extensive experience in community activism, volunteerism, and public service, which has fueled her desire to run for political office.
She graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in political science and sociology and began her career with the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch in 1992. She went on to work at Superior Court for Juvenile Matters in New Haven and as a Support Enforcement Officer at the Superior Court in New Haven and Meriden.
In her acceptance speech, Grant focused on party unity and the vulnerabilities of many residents. She said the pandemic has shed light on the growing problems residents had prior to COVID-19, not just in North Haven but in many small towns.
“The middle class increasingly struggles to pay health care premiums, deductibles and co-pays, and now many people are losing their health care benefits because they are out of work, and unemployment is currently an alarming 16 percent in North Haven,” Grant said.
“Deciding to run for State Representative was not a hard decision considering my extensive community service and activism,” she added. “My son was diagnosed with Type I diabetes at age two, and since his diagnosis, together, we have participated in groundbreaking research through clinical studies at Yale Pediatric Endocrinology to help improve the quality of life for children and adults living with diabetes.”
Grant currently volunteers for the Middlesex Hospital Cancer Center and serves on the Town of North Haven Blight Appeals Board. She is serving her 2nd term as Democratic Town Committee chairperson.
Previously, she served on the Board of Assessment Appeals (2014-2019) and was treasurer for the League of Women Voters for three years.
Grant currently is employed at a rehabilitation facility in Guilford and as a per diem teacher for Wallingford Public Schools. Also, she is working towards a second degree in health information management.
North Haven Fire Commissioner Jennifer Caldwell, who serves as the DTC’s vice chair, nominated Grant. Caldwell said, “As the town of North Haven and the state of Connecticut navigates through this tough time, it is imperative that we elect individuals who will think outside the box and come up with solutions to the problems we face. Our town has been represented by an individual who is committed to blocking solutions, putting party above the interests of the citizens of the town. We need someone like Kathy who is committed to leadership, willing to work hard, coming up with solutions that will solve the problems Connecticut and North Haven residents face.”
To learn more about Grant’s campaign, visit kathygrant-northhaven.com.