Incumbent State Senator Eileen Daily (D-Westbrook) announced her endorsement on Monday of Democratic State Representative Jim Crawford to be the next State Senator from the 33rd District, the position from which she is retiring at the end of the year.
Crawford is the Democratic Party’s endorsed candidate for the seat, having won the in May. A primary against Mary Ellen Klinck of East Haddam will be held Aug. 14.
“I am pleased to support Jim Crawford,” Daily said in a press release. “He is qualified, experienced and ready to take on the challenges that lie ahead. He taught both of my children when they were in school, and in a long and varied career, he has demonstrated good judgment and solid character time and again.”
Crawford spent nearly four decades as a teacher in the Westbrook Public Schools. He served as an officer in the Army, and in recent years was elected twice as a selectman for the Town of Westbrook. He currently serves as the State Representative for the 35th District, serving the towns of Clinton, Killingworth and Westbrook. He and his wife Elaine also owned a small business, the Maples Motel in Westbrook, for more than 20 years.
“Jim brings a great deal of experience to the table, but perhaps his most valuable insight is his perspective as a small business owner. I know that as a State Senator, he will work tirelessly to get our economy back on track and create the good paying jobs we need,” Daily added.
Said Crawford, “I thank Senator Daily very much for her support, and for her 20 years of service to our community. I am flattered by her endorsement, and am sure she will have an active retirement. I look forward to working with her on matters of local concern far into the future.”
The 33rd Senatorial District is comprised of 12 towns. They are: Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Lyme, a portion of Old Saybrook, Portland and Westbrook.