Groton — Town Councilor Aundré Bumgardner declared he will once again operate for the point out Dwelling seat he won at age 20 as a Republican — the youngest person elected to the Normal Assembly — but this time as a Democrat.
He mentioned he is searching for the Democratic nomination in the 41st District, a seat at the moment held by Democratic state Rep. Joe de la Cruz, who gained it in 2016 but is not trying to get reelection. The nomination conference will be held this spring, Bumgardner said.
With redistricting, the House district now will include portion of Groton and now section of Stonington.
In a information launch Friday, Bumgardner said he was the first Black or Latino Groton condition legislator. Even though in the Residence, he was on the Finance, Revenue and Bonding, Transportation, and Schooling committees. He is serving his third expression on the Groton City Council and also is a member of the Groton City Planning and Zoning Fee if elected to the Dwelling once again, he stated he would resign from the Town Council.
He mentioned in the news release that he will emphasis on what he calls the “5 Es”: “financial recovery, environmental top quality, energy affordability, academic excellence, and ethics reform.”
“We have a large amount of function to do to deal with the increasing charge of residing, tackle local climate change and aid our modest firms when attracting new types to this stunning and various spot that I am proud to have termed property my complete everyday living,” he reported.
Bumgardner was elected to the 41st District seat as a Republican in 2014. He left the Republican Social gathering above disillusionment with President Donald Trump, and in 2018 became de la Cruz’s campaign treasurer. He went on to gain the Town of Groton Democratic mayoral primary last 12 months, but lost in the general election to incumbent Democratic Mayor Keith Hedrick, who ran as a generate-in candidate.
“I am organized and keen to roll up my sleeves and all over again work to be certain that our vivid communities across the district truly feel read and highly regarded,” Bumgardner said in Friday’s information release.
He praised de la Cruz “for his focused company to our district over the final 6 years” and wished “him and his spouse and children health and joy as they enter the next chapter in their life.”