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Jarmoc to Again Challenge Kissel For Senate Seat

Former state representative Karen Jarmoc is looking to unseat incumbent John Kissel in the 7th Senatorial District.

Former state Rep. Karen Jarmoc will once again take on incumbent state Sen. John Kissel in a bid to capture the 7th Senatorial District seat he has held since 1995.

 “I will bring my leadership, work ethic and fight to help the people of this district," Jarmoc, a Democrat, said in a press release Monday. "The towns of Enfield, East Granby, Granby, Suffield, Somers, Windsor and Windsor Locks need a Senator who can initiate and get things done. These are still tough times for many people, particularly for our area of the state. We need a leader that will show up every day on their behalf.”

In the release, Jarmoc was critical of Kissel's alleged lack of initiative.

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“John Kissel has been State Senator for twenty years without having passed a single piece of his own legislation," she said in the release. "He is a nice person, but it is time for someone else to try harder and get results for the people of the district.”

Jarmoc served as state representative for the 59th District from 2007-2010. She stepped down from that seat to challenge Kissel in 2010, but fell short by just under a thousand votes.

While serving in the House, Jarmoc worked on issues such as protecting children in this recession, safe work conditions for correctional employees, and small business. For her work, Jarmoc received the ACAM Award from Asnuntuck Community College for advancing the manufacturing industry in Connecticut. She was also recognized as a “Children’s Champion” by the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance for her leadership in the area of early childcare and education.

Last fall, Jarmoc was appointed to the Connecticut Airport Authority Board and chairs outreach initiatives with an aim to increase economic development in and around Bradley International Airport, as well as the state’s five general aviation airports. For several years, she has chaired the Board of the Foundation, where she has led efforts to help students graduate and grow the school’s model manufacturing technology program. She is a longtime member of both the North Central Connecticut Chamber of Commerce and the Enfield Rotary Club, receiving the Paul Harris Fellowship Award in 2011.

She currently works as Executive Director of the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence, a cause that she has long championed for victims of abuse.

A graduate of Simmons College, she holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Trinity College. She is married to Stephen Jarmoc, a third-generation tobacco farmer. They have three children, Owen, 16, Grace, 16, and Celia, 12.

Bluephantom Inc. May 22, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Mike, neighbor, friend….it might be very well possible that you, and many others, are unaware of the circumstances leading to, during, and from the estate concerns of Karen. I ask that you, and those who want to automatically take a negative view after hearing rumors, step back, and look into all the facts. With all that being said, we, as a town, as a State, need to re-evaluate what Kissel has done for us. Yes, a very warm and comforting individual, but so aren’t our grandparents. We need someone to not only step up to the plate, but look at getting things done.
Mike Freeman May 22, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Bluephantom Inc. The documents regarding the Jarmoc issue with the probate court are public documents and the JI ran a full page articles (twice) regarding the issue and went point by point regarding the purchasing of a farm outside of Mr. Jarmoc's company - but Mr. Jarmoc thought he purchased it. It described how the Jarmoc's used Mr. Jarmoc's funds to purchase property in RI and in Enfield and was very descriptive how the sister was swindled. These are not rumors...these are facts. Right now the Jarmoc's are being removed from the probate process because of impropriety. If Karen would be this unethical with family what do you think she would do to a senate district? John Kissel has proven over again he listens to his constituents and he is an upstanding senator, and he works for the 7th district. Just remember, when Karen was a state rep. she screwed the hunters with raising their license fees - and that is only one place she increased taxes. We don't need another Malloy "cronie" (oh I forgot, she got her current job from Malloy)...too late.
Ben Rodriguez May 22, 2012 at 09:50 PM
Good for Karen. It was a tight race before and it should be again.
Ben Rodriguez May 22, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Sen Kissel has been good but overall won't push back against the electric company or make too many waves. Jarmoc in my opinion has stood on the right side of issues overall.
Sam May 23, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Do we really need another liberal democrat in Hartford?

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