Two from Shelton vie for Miller's seat
Two are vying for the seat now vacant since the death State Rep. Larry Miller (R-122), who died in May.
Republican Ben McGorty of Shelton and Democrat Arlene Liscinsky of Shelton will face-off in the special election July 22.
McGorty and Liscinsky were nominated by their respective party delegates from Stratford, Shelton and Trumbull to fill Miller’s tern.
McGorty accepted the nomination saying he would work to “continue Larry Miller’s work in Hartford to build our economy and fight against Gov. Dannel Malloy’s tax increases.”
David Gioiello from the Shelton Democratic Town Committee described Liscinsky as “a strong candidate who has dedicated many years of her life to serving others and making a difference in her community.”
Republican primary for November election expected
Shortly after the special election to complete Miller’s term, there will likely be a primary on Aug. 12 for the Republican spot on the November general election ballot for the District 122 seat, according to Lou DeCilio, Stratford Republican Town Committee Chairman.
DeCilio said that Mike Vickerelli of Stratford has already submitted petition signatures for an August primary. The petition is pending verification.
McGorty is a Realtor with William Raveis. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus and is active in local and statewide fire prevention efforts. McGorty is a twenty-five year volunteer with the Shelton Fire department and serves on Shelton’s Board of Fire Commissioners.
McGorty and his wife, Noreen, have two children, and they are parishioners of St. Lawrence Church.
‘Continue Larry’s commitment’
McGorty said three things motivated him to run for the seat. “First, I am running to complete the great work that Larry Miller was focused on. I will continue Larry’s commitment to fair affordable housing laws, a clean environment, and job growth.
Second, I believe that the point of government should be to make our lives better — to make them easier. Ever-increasing state spending doesn’t do that. Larry Miller believed in fiscal responsibility — and so do I. I’ll continue his work as a fiscal watchdog in Hartford.”
Third, McGorty said, is his love of community service.
“I was taught from a young age that it is important to give back to our neighbors. My wife and I have taught that to our own children. Serving Shelton, Stratford, and Trumbull in Hartford will help me accomplish that.”
Liscinsky has been a resident of Shelton for 24 years, and prior to that lived in Stratford for 12 years.
Liscinsky has served locally and statewide as a Parent Teacher Association (PTA) representative, and as a Board of Education (BOE) member for 13 years.
In addition to serving as a board member, she also serves as secretary and finance chair of the board, and is a member of the ad hoc full day kindergarten committee.
For the last five years, Liscinsky has held the role of president of Cooperative Educational Services, representing Shelton on the Fairfield County Regional Educational Service Center.
Other public service
Liscinsky has been involved in various community organizations including the League of Women Voters, the Shelton Youth Service Bureau, School Readiness Committee, Valley Chamber of Commerce, Shelton Historical Society, Parent Child Resource Center, and the Connecticut Package Store Association. She is also a member of the Democratic Town and Nutmeg PTA statewide committees.
Liscinsky said she is committed to improving education for children across Connecticut and will work to increase state funding for special education. Other state issues important to her include the prevention of additional tolls to Connecticut roads, preserving the environment, and holding state government for being more responsive to the needs of small businesses.
Liscinsky is married to Joseph Liscinsky Jr. and has two daughters, Kate, 29, and Erin, 27.