VOTE ON ELECTION DAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2022
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.
Compassionate. Competent. Honest.
Compassionate. Competent. Honest. Those are the words that first come to mind when I think of my friend and professional colleague, Stephanie Thomas. I met Stephanie 15 years ago, when I moved from Texas to the Northeast, and we could not have been more different. We quickly discovered that although our backgrounds were worlds apart, we had more in common than not. Both of us having careers in the non-profit sector, we developed a fast friendship and occasionally worked together professionally. I witnessed Stephanie achieve goals I considered unattainable and go above and beyond for her clients, family, and friends. If Stephanie said she would, she did, while keeping her integrity intact. Although Stephanie and I sometimes see two different sides of an issue, I trust that Stephanie will always look at the bigger picture and the greater good. She listens. She wants to understand and she is always able to find common ground, even when I think there is none. Stephanie is passionate about her desire to contribute to her community and to society as a whole. I trust Stephanie to work hard to make this world a little better place for all, not just those with similar political beliefs. Trust Stephanie to work for you. I do.
-Director, Children’s Nonprofit Agency
I have known Stephanie for nearly 20 years, as both a friend and colleague. Professionally, she is widely respected as an industry leader and consensus-builder. Personally, she is a thoughtful and compassionate friend who is always supportive and available to help or just listen. Stephanie is tactful, yet she tells it like it is. She is diplomatic, yet not afraid to speak up for what she believes in. She is generous, yet tough. There is no one I would trust more to represent CT citizens and their best interests.
-Friend and Colleague
Intelligence and an Innate Ability to Problem-Solve
I have known Stephanie Thomas first as a colleague who helped nonprofits and now also as a friend. Stephanie exemplifies the qualities we need from all people in public office—intelligence, an innate ability to problem-solve real world problems, and integrity that can never be questioned. She brings passion, vision and commitment to her pursuit of public office. And we would all be safer and better served if she is elected.
-Executive Director, Worldwide Nonprofit Agency
Access the 2020 archive to read and listen to what friends and neighbors said about Stephanie during her campaign for State Representative in 2020.