Dems nominate Fred Garrity for 134th District
Democratic delegates from Trumbull and Fairfield unanimously nominated Fred Garrity to run as their candidate for the 134th State Representative District Tuesday May 17, 2016 at McKinley Elementary School in Fairfield.
He will challenge State Rep. Laura Devlin (R-134), who received an unanimous endorsement of Fairfield and Trumbull Republicans at North Stratfield Elementary School last week.
“Fred Garrity, is exactly the type of person we need in Hartford, Fred has a reputation for truly effective leadership and record of success chairing the Planning and Zoning Commission in Trumbull, and Fred’s bi-partisan actions are well known and commendable,” said Tom Kelly, chairman of the Trumbull Democratic Town Committee, in his nominating speech. “He was twice elected chairman by the bipartisan Board of Directors from Fairfield, Trumbull, Easton, Stratford, Monroe, and Bridgeport for the six town Bridgeport Regional Planning Agency, where he lead the cost effective changes increasing efficiencies in staff and resources, implementing the process that evolved that agency into the COG — Council of Governments — it is today.”
In addition, Kelly said Garrity always looks to take action.
“His record of municipal leadership combined with his reputation for raising monies for local and regional charitable causes over the last two decades provides the integrity, character and strength Trumbull and Fairfield need in Hartford on our behalf,” the Democratic chairman said.
Garrity spoke in his brief acceptance speech about how “Fairfield and Trumbull, along with Fairfield County, need to be on par with the greater Hartford area when it comes to the state’s allocation of funding for infrastructure improvements in transportation, along with education and public safety.
“We need representatives who can work together to get those resources down here, I am that representative, I believe in action not words,” he added. “Fairfield and Trumbull deserve representation that brings results in state funding for needed projects, not more commentary on why things can’t get done.”
Garrity stressed being a fiscally responsible Democrat, who plans to streamline government expenditures and keeping taxes in check.
“This needs to be everyone’s priority,” he told the room. “Working across the aisle in planning and zoning, and regionally, I have helped secure tens of millions of dollars in development in Trumbull, I have lead the way, getting things done with great reward for our towns, and I want to use my proven abilities to provide that for Fairfield and Trumbull in Hartford.”
Town planner and non-profit organizer
Garrity’s unique background includes senior leadership positions in commercial, municipal, organized labor, and nonprofit disciplines. Currently serving a second term on Trumbull’s Planning and Zoning, he also served on the Zoning Board of Appeals. He served as Chairman of the Board for the Greater Bridgeport Regional Planning Agency twice elected by the bipartisan Board of Directors from Fairfield, Trumbull, Easton, Stratford, Monroe, and Bridgeport.
Fred may best be known locally, regionally, and statewide as the visionary and Executive Director of The CT United Ride, CT’s largest 9/11 tribute, and one of the largest charity motorcycle rides in New England. Through Garrity’s leadership this event has annually become the largest fundraiser for police and fire in the State of CT. Garrity is a frequently sought after master of ceremonies, helping raise monies for The CT Burn Center and The Center for Family Justice.
The Trumbull resident is currently employed as director of operations for Ruane Attorneys At Law, with offices in Shelton, New London, and Wethersfield.
Previously, he was senior manager of operations and labor relations with Northrop Grumman for over 25 years.