Somers has well served disparate district

Somers has well served disparate district

In the 18th, state Sen. Heather Somers represents one of the most demographically and politically diverse districts in the state. It ranges from the shoreline affluency of Groton and Stonington north to the dairy farms and former mill villages of Griswold, Plainfield and Sterling. Groton leans solidly Democratic — both the city and town councils are fully controlled by that party. Meanwhile, the interior of the district, which also includes North Stonington, Preston and Voluntown, was solid Trump country in 2016. While Hillary Clinton won the district’s most populated communities of Groton and Stonington with 55% four years ago, President Trump captured all the other towns, including 66% to 28% in Sterling. Somers, 54, has twice won re-election to the state Senate by meeting the needs of this disparate district and not wandering too far from the political center. She played a significant role in helping lead the fight to block an unpopular state police gun-training range planned near the Griswold and Voluntown border. Meanwhile, the commercial fishing and marina industries have benefitted from her advocacy. She worked for regulation changes, for example, that are allowing commercial fishermen to unload more of their catches in Connecticut. In her first term, she navigated through the Senate a bill that reduced the state’s tax on the sale and storage of boats and this year worked with the governor’s office to keep marinas operating during the pandemic . Granted, some of her political footwork makes us cringe. Her failure to support a […]

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