McGorty announces re-election bid

State Rep. Ben McGorty has announced that he will seek re-election as state representative for the 122nd House District, which includes parts of Shelton, Stratford, and Trumbull.

“With the dire conditions of the state’s economy, and the unique challenges facing our region, I feel like I have really just begun to work on so many issues important to our communities,” said McGorty. “I want to continue to bring a common sense approach and strong fiscal stewardship to a state government that is hampered by poor leadership that has resulted in out-of-control spending, massive tax increases, and perpetual budget deficits.”

McGorty, a Republican who lives in Shelton, was first elected in a special election in the summer of 2014, was subsequently elected to a full term in November that year.

“Since 2011 the governor and the legislature have been trying to tax and spend our state back into prosperity,” said McGorty.  “That hasn’t worked. What we need are the kinds of structural changes I have advocated for that force our state to live within its means.”

Just this past week it was announced that the current budget is now $266 million in deficit this year, and a whopping $900 million in deficit the following year.  

Just as this news broke, Democrats on the legislature’s Appropriations Committee approved raises of up to 5% for 1900 non-teaching UConn workers for a price tag of around $94 million.  McGorty, who serves on the committee, opposed the increases.  

“We are in tough fiscal times, yet the legislative majority refuses to reign in spending,” he said.

McGorty currently serves on the legislature’s powerful budget-writing Appropriations Committee, as well as the Environment and Judiciary Committees.

A realtor with William Raveis, McGorty is also a twenty-five year volunteer with the Shelton Fire Department, and serves on the Shelton Board of Fire Commissioners.

McGorty lives in Shelton with his wife Noreen, who is an alderman representing the Huntington section of town, and their two children, Bennie and Siobhan.  

They are parishioners of St. Lawrence Church.