Paul Cicarella, who is running as a Republican in his bid for the 34th District State Senate seat, has earned the endorsement of the state's Independent Party.
"I want to thank the Independent Party of Connecticut for recognizing my commitment to work hard and serve our district as a strong voice for all people," said Cicarella. "I believe the best public servants and lawmakers are those who truly want to work for everybody. Our state needs leaders who will listen to all voices, who are not afraid to reach across the aisle and who will fight for common sense solutions to create opportunities for all people. I am honored that the Independent Party of Connecticut recognizes that I am committed to these goals. I will always put people above partisan politics."
Cicarella is a small business owner and former law enforcement officer. He grew up in East Haven and now lives in North Haven with his wife Christy, their two children, who attend North Haven public schools, and their bulldogs.
After serving as a corrections officer, Cicarella founded Advanced Investigations, LLC, a private investigations agency. He is also the owner of National Bug Sweep and Advanced Installations, and serves as president of the CT Private Investigators Association and director of the National Council of Investigation and Security Services.
The 34th District includes the towns of Durham, East Haven, North Haven and Wallingford.
The Independent Party of Connecticut has endorsed John-Michael Parker in the State Representative race in Connecticut’s 101st district.
Parker, who sought the same seat in 2018, will appear on the Nov. 3 ballot on three lines: Democratic, Independent and Working Families. He secured the Democratic nomination in a convention held virtually on May 19.
Parker stated, “I ran in 2018 as a political newcomer because I wanted to bring innovative, responsive leadership to our district. We may not have gotten the result we hoped for, but it was inspiring as a first-time candidate to have come only 18 votes short of bringing important change to our community. As we build on that momentum this year, I look forward to seeing record turnout across our district—even in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic—because people across the political spectrum know how important it is to elect officials who are representative of their values, ideals and beliefs, and who will work tirelessly on their behalf.”
Parker’s opponent, Republican incumbent Noreen Kokoruda, had secured the Independent Party endorsement in three consecutive elections.
Chairman of the Independent Party of CT, Mike Telesca, said, “We were excited this year to see many candidates newly seeking our party’s endorsement. We are proud of the process we ran to ensure that endorsed candidates align with the priorities of our party’s State Central Committee.”
Parker sees the endorsement as validation of his approach: working together and building broad coalitions to solve the complex challenges facing Connecticut families, rather than digging into partisan divides that only hurt our state and slow the pace of needed change.