John Murphy has been unanimously chosen as the Democratic nominee for the 8th District seat in the state House of Representatives.
The district convention took place on Tuesday at the Patriot’s Park Community Center in Coventry. The district includes all of Columbia and Coventry, and parts of Vernon and Tolland.
Republican Timothy Ackert is the incumbent.
“The 8th Assembly District has had a proud tradition of leaders who delivered for our district and our state – Edith Prague, Patrick Flaherty and Joan Lewis," Murphy said. "Now we have someone who votes no all the time and doesn’t deliver for the district. Our district needs someone to stand up and fight for us like our great leaders who served before. I will fight for all of the things that Democrats stand for – good jobs; quality public education; lower energy costs; high quality, affordable and accessible health care; corporate responsibility; taking care of our seniors and veterans while making government more transparent and efficient.”
Murphy was was nominated by former State Representative Joan Lewis of Coventry and seconded by former State Representative Patrick Flaherty of Coventry, Sen. Edith Prague of Columbia, Vernon Democratic Town Chairman Ron Scussel and SaraBeth Nivison of Tolland.
Scussel spoke of Murphy's work with helping community activists win local organizing issues, including the Rockville Concerned Citizens for Responsible Development and Smart Growth for Vernon and Nivison spoke of Murphy's work to win health care reform at the state level.
State Sen. Edith Prague said, ”I have known John for many years, and I know he will bring energy, enthusiasm and determination to the General Assembly. He has achieved great results for working families and seniors as an advocate, and he will be an effective leader for the 8th Assembly District.”
Murphy is a third-generation union electrician and labor organizer. He has served as Organizing Director of Connecticut Citizen Action Group, which focuses on open government, clean elections, health reform, lower energy costs, fair taxation and the environment. Murphy also serves as Assistant Business Manager and Organizer for IBEW Local 1228, which represents workers in the television industry in five New England states.
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