SOUTHINGTON – Chris Poulos, Democratic candidate for State Representative in the 81st House District, has exceeded the contributions and signatures required to qualify for the Citizens Election Program.
The Citizens Election Program is a voluntary program which provides clean elections financing to qualified candidates for statewide offices and the General Assembly. In order for a candidate for State Representative to qualify, he or she must raise $5800, with at least 150 individual resident contributions.
As of Wednesday, Poulos had received $7,240 from 196 donors. He said that his campaign is verifying all contributions and will be filing the paperwork with the State Election Enforcement Commission later this week.
“I am extremely humbled by the enthusiasm and financial support that I have received from Southington residents," said Poulos. "I never imagined that I’d qualify in less than a week from my announcement."
Poulos formally announced his candidacy on April 20 and released a video on social media the following morning.
William Lutz, deputy treasurer of Poulos for Southington 2022, said that Poulos has received support and contributions from Democrats, Republicans and unaffiliated voters.
“This support validates enthusiasm for Chris Poulos’s platform and moderate approach to governance," said Lutz. "Voters appreciate a candidate that looks at all issues, asks tough questions, and then votes for what’s best, regardless of pressure from special interest groups.”
Poulos said that he is excited to embark on the next steps of his campaign, after he is officially nominated by his party next month. He said that he "welcomes the hard work ahead."
“I’m looking forward to meeting the residents of the 81st District," he said. "I want to hear directly from the people I will represent, understand their concerns, and learn how I can best serve their interests."
Southington Democratic Town Committee Chair Erin Cowles said that 100% of the local DTC supported Poulos' campaign.
"Every member contributed to Chris Poulos’ qualification and we look forward to officially nominating Chris on May 18," she said.
Poulos is a lifelong resident of Southington. He served on the Town Council from 2017 to 2021 and was honored as Connecticut’s State Teacher of the Year in 2007. This year, he was also selected as one of five teachers to be inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame. He said that he has advised education policy-makers on the state and national level.
“As the next State Representative for the 81st District, I will leverage my political acumen, approach to governance, and my deep understanding of Southington’s culture to advocate for what is best and right for our town,” Poulos said.
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