Chris Poulos nominated to run for the 81st House District

Published on Tuesday, 24 May 2022 11:09


SOUTHINGTON – Chris Poulos has officially been nominated by the Southington Democratic Town Committee to run for the 81st House District.

Poulos was nominated at the Southington Democratic Town Committee's convention last Wednesday evening. Poulos is a lifelong Southington resident and previously served for two terms on the Town Council. He was recently appointed to serve on the town's Library Board.

“I am honored to have the unanimous support from my party as my campaign takes the next step forward,” Poulos said. “The enthusiasm has been contagious since my announcement. People have called, stopped me around town, and continue to share their excitement for my candidacy.”

John Barry, a former town councilor, nominated Poulos.

"I served with Chris on the Town Council and can attest that he has a strong record on issues that resonate with residents," said Barry. "Chris was outspoken when he demanded action on car thefts in our town, has a record of supporting open space, and advocated tirelessly for budgets that put students and taxpayers first."

Fire Commissioner Christine Shanley-Buck also praised Poulos at the convention.

“I have seen Chris Poulos in action as an advocate for firefighters," she said. "He’s a hardworking and decent person and I can think of no one better to serve our Town and State.”

During his acceptance speech, Poulos spoke about his recent trip to Washington, DC. as an inductee to the National Teachers Hall of Fame. There, he said, he met with Democratic and Republican members of Congress.

“It didn’t matter which party they were from," said Poulos. "I spoke with Sen. Murphy about what was best for Connecticut students and families; and then with Senator Marshall, a Republican from Kansas, about the implications of education policy on classroom practice. Our conversations were civil and productive. This is how I pledge to lead as your State Representative.”

Poulos also thanked his family for their support. His wife, Helen, children Molly and Andrew, and parents attended the nomination event.

“I am grateful that my family is able to share in this journey,” said Poulos. "It’s not going to be easy, but I’ll work hard and I promise I will not let this community down. Whatever it takes, I’ve got Southington’s back.”

Poulos formally announced he would run for State Representative on April 20, followed by the release of a video on social media. With his campaign contributions verified with the State Elections Enforcement Commission and his nomination official, he will file for a clean election financing grant through the Citizen’s Election Program.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Southington Herald on Tuesday, 24 May 2022 11:09. Updated: Tuesday, 24 May 2022 11:12.