SOUTHINGTON – Southington resident and business owner Jack Perry announced his candidacy for State Senate and was endorsed at the 16th Senate district convention as the Democratic nominee.
Perry is the owner of HQ Dumpsters & Recycling, a waste management company based in Southington which he says has “a strong focus on environmentally friendly practices” and serves several towns in central Connecticut.
Perry ran as a petitioning candidate in 2017 for Southington Town Council, narrowly losing by 57 votes. In 2019, after witnessing the efforts of a new Democratic majority council in Southington, Perry decided to become a member of the Democratic Party and explore a run for the Connecticut General Assembly.
While addressing roughly 60 delegates at the 16th District’s virtual convention, Perry discussed his background, formally introduced himself to Democratic Party delegates, and discussed the race ahead of him.
“I will fight for what’s in the best interest of the district,” he said. “I will roll up my sleeves and get to work to find pragmatic solutions to our problems. I will fight to keep our environment safe and clean. I will fight to make Connecticut a more affordable place to live and make things like healthcare more affordable for all. That is what leaders do: they fight for what is needed in their community.”
Democratic leaders in 16th district Connecticut voiced their support for Perry.
Erica Byrne, chair of the Southington DTC, said that over the past 12 years she has watched Perry grow a “successful, community-minded business” while becoming increasingly involved in civic life in Southington.
“His candidacy for the State Senate is a natural progression for someone whose nature is to identify problems and to work diligently to listen, understand, and facilitate solutions,” she said. “He will be a pragmatic leader, focused on making sure all residents in the 16th District are represented.”
Cheshire DTC Chair Courtney Cullinan expressed excitement to work for and support Perry.
“Jack has the experience as a small business owner and the energy needed to successfully represent the district during a very challenging time,” said Cullinan.
Waterbury DTC Chair Ken Curran said he is ready to work for and “blow out turnout” in Waterbury for Perry.
“In this time of unprecedented crisis, the people of the 16th Senatorial district deserve a leader who will bring us together, rather than tear us apart,” he said.
Wolcott DTC Vice-Chair Ed Hawthorne praised Perry for building a “thriving, community serving company” from the ground up during the Great Recession.
“We deserve a community leader who cares,” said Hawthorne. “Jack Perry’s life experiences make him uniquely qualified to lead us forward, out of this crisis as a united front.”
Perry will spend the next six weeks raising money to qualify for the Citizens Election Program. During Perry’s exploratory committee period, which began in July of 2019, Perry exceeded fundraising expectations by raising roughly $16,000 through grassroots efforts.
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