Vote Stephanie Thomas Tues. November 8! Stephanie Thomas para Secretaria de Estado!
As a strategy and fundraising consultant, I have devised creative solutions when other plans have failed, for over twenty years. Armed with nothing but history, with little control over the key stakeholders and limited budgets, I have created workable plans quickly and effectively to help organizations thrive for the long term.
In my work, I have consistently built consensus and quickly cut through the politics of various stakeholders with differing priorities. I find common ground and win/win solutions that benefit the greater good while allowing all parties to retain their voice and place at the table.
As a small business owner, I understand what it takes to grow and maintain a successful enterprise. There are no shortcuts for hard work and fair dealing. Government must support and never be an impediment. Boards value my work because I am not afraid to speak my mind, ask the difficult questions, and challenge historical assumptions.
In 2018 when I saw a problem, I brought the same work ethic and fair dealing to the political arena. I became an active volunteer with Fight Back Connecticut, served on Norwalk’s Democratic Town Committee, and was appointed to Norwalk’s Zoning Commission. In 2020, with the help of a small army of engaged volunteers of all ages and races, I was elected as State Representative of Connecticut’s 143rd district (Norwalk, Wilton, and Westport).
In Hartford, I made a name for myself by addressing constituent concerns quickly and thoroughly and by speaking up to challenge assumptions on both sides of the aisle. In addition to my work on the Commerce and Transportation Committees, as Vice Chair of the Government Administration and Elections Committee, I was able to sponsor and help pass a variety of voter focused bills such as automatic voter registration at state agencies and resolutions to advance early voting and no-excuse absentee ballot voting.
On the SEBAC vote in the legislature on April 21st, Stephanie had a signed contract with a client to perform a job for them that day which she had to honor. Stephanie advised the House in February, at the start of our session, that she would be absent that day. A lot of bills are only announced a day or two in advance. Since everything we do is recorded, you can view the House Journal (last page) which marks Stephanie absent due to business.
When she ran as a State Representative, Stephanie was endorsed by AFT, AFL-CIO, Working Families Party, UPFFA of CT, SEIU, AFSCME Council 4, and CSEA SEIU and she is still the same person with the same values today.
Stephanie grew up in affordable housing. She is the granddaughter of a woman who started an affordable housing nonprofit in her hometown which still exists to this day, and she is the sister of the co-chair of a national housing commission that is working to solve affordable housing. Stephanie is also a former member of my Zoning Commission. Stephanie's views are well researched and well-documented via events she held on the subject and in her written and verbal testimony on the subject.