BRISTOL – City Council member Mary Fortier has announced her candidacy for the 31st State Senate District, which includes Bristol, Plainville, Plymouth, Thomaston, and part of Harwinton.
Her announcement came via phone to the Democratic Town Committee. The meeting was held over the phone due to social distancing restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I’m excited to jump into this race to represent the hardworking people of the 31st District,” Fortier said. “I am approaching this challenge the way I’ve approached most challenges in my life: with patience, determination, and eagerness to make a difference in the lives of others.”
At the meeting, Fortier also unveiled her campaign slogan: “Common sense for the common good.”
“I think people are sick and tired of the extremes in our politics,” she said. “People just want their representatives to act with common sense, common decency, and achieve results that make people’s lives better. That’s what I intend to do for the people of this district, and that’s why I’m running for state senate.”
Fortier, born and raised in Bristol, is the most senior representative on the council. She was first elected in 2013 and has been an influential figure in the past two administrations, becoming the first female acting-mayor after Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu’s election in 2017.
“I’ve lived in the 31st district for my entire life, where I raised six children with my husband David. Like many of the working people in our district, I know what it’s like to juggle full-time work with raising a family and pursuing higher education,” she said.
Fortier received her bachelor’s degree from Boston College after graduating St. Paul Catholic High School. She then went on to law school as a young mother, graduating from Western New England University School of Law in 1995. She is currently an attorney with the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch.
“Mary is really an exceptional leader and one of the most compassionate people I know,” said outgoing town committee chair Dean Kilbourne. “Not only do I admire Mary as an accomplished leader, I also think of her as the embodiment of family values - having raised six amazing children and acting as the primary caretaker for her elderly parents and her cousin who suffered from blindness later in life.”
“I know things feel uncertain right now, and people are looking for guidance,” Fortier said, addressing the current pandemic.
“Under normal circumstances, I would be eager to hit the doors and meet voters. But until this public health emergency passes, my number one priority is to support the mayor and my fellow city councilors in addressing this crisis locally and connecting with constituents digitally. Times like this show us just how important community is,” she said.
“Over the coming months,” she said, “I am looking forward to working with all of you, not just on my campaign, but doing what we can to help in this crisis.”
Susan Corica can be reached at 860-973-1802 or email@example.com.