OPINION: The need for officials with broad backgrounds to take to propose workable solutions

OPINION: The need for officials with broad backgrounds to take to propose workable solutions



By Michael D. Quinn

My name is Michael Quinn, and I am honored to be the endorsed candidate of the Democratic and Working Families Parties to fill the open seat for the 82nd State House District, comprising eastern and northeastern Meriden and the towns of Middlefield and Rockfall.  I was born and raised in Meriden and have made a lifetime of commitment to the Silver City.  I am the fourth generation of my family to make Meriden my home. The history of this district is very important to me as both my great-grandfather and grandfather worked for the International Silver Company and my Mother worked as a Physical Therapist for both Easter Seals and the Meriden Visiting Nurse Association.  I attended local public schools where I forged the values of hard work and dedication to community.

​Soon after I graduated from law school I joined the Meriden law firm of Weigand, Mahon and Adelman and later rose to be a partner in the renamed law firm of Mahon, Quinn and Mahon.  My practice focuses on representing injured workers, accident victims and criminal defense. I often meet people during the worst of times, and do all that I can to bring their matters to successful conclusions.

​I am the Corporation Counsel for the City of Meriden, a role in which I provide legal counsel to municipal officials and direct the city’s Law Department. I supervise the legal staff in litigation matters, document preparation and risk management, to assure the best interests of the taxpayers. I also advise the City Council on ordinance drafting, municipal governance and meeting procedure, delivering nonpartisan guidance to my clients.

Community service is very important to me, and over the last 24 years I have provided countless volunteer hours to a number of organizations. I was the first male board member of Meriden-Wallingford Chrysalis, the area’s domestic violence organization, and have also served on the Board of Directors of the Meriden YMCA and the Board of Commissioners of the Meriden Housing Authority. I currently serve on the Board of the Meriden Hall of Fame Association and I am the President of the Meriden Firefighters Benevolent Society and Vice President of the Connecticut Fire Photographers Association. I am a passionate and steadfast advocate for all of our first responders.

​Connecticut’s economic recovery was slowed by the COVID-19 pandemic and clearly we are going to need elected officials with broad backgrounds to propose workable solutions to restart our recovery, both medically and economically. As a small business owner, I have experienced firsthand the trials and tribulations of operating during these trying times. I believe that my varied life and professional experiences make me uniquely qualified to serve in Hartford, and if I am elected I will stand strong for every resident of the 82nd district, regardless of whether they supported my candidacy. I look forward to continuing to meet my potential constituents and listening to what they have to say, as no one party has all of the answers to the complex problems that Connecticut is facing.

Democrat Michael D. Quinn is seeking election to represent the 82nd House District..


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