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Kissel Nominated for Re-Election in 7th Senatorial District

The Republican is currently the Chief Deputy Minority Leader.

Connecticut's 7th Senate District Sen. John A. Kissel was nominated unanimously for re-election during a May 14 convention held at Enfield Town Hall.

"It is an honor to serve the people of the 7th District and I look forward to a spirited campaign this fall," Kissel said. "At the state Capitol, I have been a strong advocate for north-central Connecticut residents, fighting for lower taxes, the elimination of wasteful state spending, and tough-on-crime measures. If the voters send me back to Hartford, I will continue to work tirelessly on their behalf."

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The incumbent is being challenged by former state Rep. , whom Kissel defeated by nearly 1,000 votes in the 2010 election.

Kissel said that his frequent "" events he holds outside of local supermarkets and pharmacies have been an effective way for him to stay connected with taxpayers and to hear their concerns. He added that his Town Hall Meetings have also been useful forums for town leaders and residents to get their questions answered and to provide state Capitol updates.

"These outreach events, I feel, have made me a better legislator," Kissel said. "I hear from constituents informally, and we talk at length one on one. I take their ideas with me to Hartford. I follow up on their questions and concerns. I enjoy helping the people of my district and doing all I can to help improve the quality of life for everyone in our region."

Kissel said that if re-elected, he will continue to push for policies aimed at job creation and retention. As an example of such a policy, he cited the bipartisan Jobs Bill passed in the fall. Kissel successfully fought for a substantial injection of funding for . The center produces skilled workers who are ready to hit the ground running at area manufacturers once they graduate. The funding injection will soon be paying large dividends: the governor has approved $1.1 million for Asnuntuck and another $1.1 million will follow next year.

Kissel is currently serving his tenth term representing the people of East Granby, Enfield, Somers, Suffield, Windsor Locks and portions of Granby and Windsor. Kissel is the Senate's Ranking Member on the Committees on Judiciary and Program Review and Investigations. He also serves on the General Law Committee. Kissel is currently Chief Deputy Minority Leader as well.

Kissel has received numerous awards, is a member of many civic organizations, including Enfield's Our Lady of Mount Carmel Society, is married to his wife Cindy, and has two sons, Nathaniel, 16, and Tristan, age 8.

Election Day is Nov. 6.

Spiff May 24, 2012 at 03:29 PM
John is by far better than the alternative (a Democrat, any). John has fought to keep taxes low and his record speaks for itself. You've got my vote in November, John. Keep up the good work, and I urge others to vote for John as well.
M Miller May 25, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Spiff, I have a lot more respect for someone who votes with their mind and with their common sense. Making the comment "...far better than the alternative (a Democrat, any)." just proves what people say about the far right wing of your party. You don't evaluate the person, you strictly vote the party, no matter who the candidate is. Your party has given us the likes of Herman Cain, Sarah Palin, Christine O'Donnell, Allen West, Jan Brewer, John Rowland etc etc etc... I happen to like John Kissell and have voted for him. However, John is NOT like the whack jobs who have hijacked your party's leadership at the town and federal levels and are followed blindly like sheep like you. How whacked out does your party have to get before you wake up? Does not look like you ever will.
Spiff May 25, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Ms. Miller, I do recognize that sometimes I'm a little strong with my statements, but unfortunately, the Democratic party over the last decade and a half has gone way, WAY too far to the left. If you've seen some of my other posts, you'd know that I'm not a far right winger, I'm a liberal Republican. (I know, somewhat of an oxymoron, but that is how I see it.) I'm soft on the social issues that are so dear to Democrats, but I'm tough on issues relevant to the economy, national security, etc. (issues where the Republicans have done a much better job, historically). Since no politician or party can be everything to everyone, I choose those issues that are most important to me and then support those candidates or the party best able to address them. National security and the economy are the issues that are most important to me (and I don't even know why we're talking about gay marriage, who cares, let 'em marry). Since Republicans have done a much better job with these issues over the years, I tend to vote Republican. Not always, however. You may be surprised to know that I have voted for Democrats when I thought that their position was more closely aligned with mine, or when I thought that the Republican candidate was a knucklehead. A great example is Joe Lieberman; I voted for him back when he was still a Democrat. I am right of center, and that is how I perceive John Kissel to be as well.
Spiff May 25, 2012 at 02:39 PM
BTW, Ms. Miller, most of the people you mention by name in your post aren’t even in office. You say the Republican party’s leadership is full of right wing “whack jobs”? I beg to differ, in fact the person who will be going up against Obama in November (Romney) is considered very moderate, and is now the party leader. Those right wing candidates who ran against him (Gingrich, Santorum, etc.) were all rejected by Republican voters in favor of Romney during the primary. So, I would argue that you are completely off base in your assessment of the Republican party. I would argue that you are not in touch at the level that you think you are. To your point, however, I’ll try to be less general and more specific in my future posts.
Marty Salvatore May 25, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Democrat = Soft Republican = Tough That right there? That speaks volumes about your world view. You can SAY you're NOT partisan all you want, but you should really try not to be so partisan when you do it.
Spiff May 25, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Aren't you cute Marty. BTW, buddy boy, when I use the term "soft", I'm not referring to a particular party, I'm referring to my feelings, like I'm "soft" because I don't have a strong opinion one way or the other. The same with the word "tough", I'm referring to my feelings, meaning I have a strong opinion about the issues that I'm tough on. Come-on Marty, as I've indicated in previous threads, I know you're smart enough to get this stuff, but for what-ever reason you just want to bust my stones for the sake of bustin'. You claim not to be aligned with a political party, but are you sure you're not a Democrat? ;)
Marty Salvatore May 25, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Okay. We'll rewrite the dictionary just so we can understand what you are saying. Tough = Important Soft = Not So Much Or is it: Tough = Strong Opinion Soft = Mild Disinterest And if you AREN'T partisan, then why the talking point about Republicans being stronger on national security? Give me a single shred of evidence on that one. Or is that just a "tough" opinion of yours that requires no proof. Please educate me so I can become "smart" enough to understand your dumb pretzel logic, buddy boy.
Spiff May 25, 2012 at 05:15 PM
You're a funny man, Marty! I think at this point it's time to say adieu! Although I gotta tell you that I love your avatar! Good day sir!
M Miller May 26, 2012 at 02:30 AM
Spiff, Alan West and Jan Brewer currently hold office for the GOP. Palin lost then bailed on the remainder of her term, O'Donnell was on the ballot and Herman Cain spent a lot of time in the spotlight during the primaries. The fact that these last 2 even got on the ballot speaks as to how far off the track the Republican party has gone. Regarding Mr. Romney, the GOP had no other choice. Santorum and Gingrich were scary alternatives that would have been beaten soundly in the election. Mitt is a chameleon who will change his political coat of many colors as often and as quickly as possible in order to win votes. He wants to be President so badly that he practically begs for it. Flip-flop does not begin to describe his positions on anything. He stands for nothing but stands for everything. He is any empty suit who has the bucks to make running for President a full-time job. Why isn't Mitt up for discussing his term as Governor of Ma.? Finally, if the GOP continues to make it their goal to step on women's rights, deprive gay citizens of their civil rights, prevent minorities from having equal electoral access and impede the liberties of legal immigrants then they will continue to lose the supprt of the true moderates in this country. The are almost there.
Spiff May 26, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Well, Ms. Miller, I'm glad we can at least agree that John Kissel is the best choice for the 7th Senatorial district!
M Miller May 30, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Spiff, A few posts back you disagreed with my assessment that the GOP has been hijacked by a bunch of whack jobs. Well I had to revisit this thread and simply point to one person...DONALD TRUMP. I do not read or hear anywhere that Mitt Romney has attempted to distance himself from this wealthy wacko. In fact, he is joining him for a fund raiser. I rest my strong case.
Marty Salvatore May 30, 2012 at 11:42 PM
Why do we have to hold politicians responsible for every dumb thing the people who support them say? Should Barak Obama return Bill Mahr's $1,000,000 check? He calls Mormonism a cult. Should Obama have to apologize for that? I think the answer in both cases is "no."

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