Colin Bennett Seeking 33rd District State Senate Seat

Green Party candidate Colin Bennett is again running for the Connecticut State Senate representing the 33rd District. This will be the fifth time the 35 year-old Westbrook resident has sought this seat.

The 33rd District serves Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Lyme, Old Saybrook, Portland, and Westbrook. Bennett faces Democrat Emily Bjornberg and Republican incumbent Art Linares, Jr., in the Nov. 4 election.

"My first priority is to meet the needs of the people in the district," said Colin, who lists the state's environmental health as a key issue.

He said investing in clean wind and solar energy will also help the business climate.

"Keeping our environment, air, and water clean and not burning fossil fuels will address the climate issue, and in the long term create high-quality jobs in Connecticut, which will help the economy and relieve the overall tax burden," said Bennett. "We depend on a clean and healthy environment for survival.

He added, "My priorities are improving job growth through ramping up the state's clean energy economy, improving education for all of our children and young people, and stabilizing taxes for low- and middle-income families."

Bennett served in the United State Coast Guard Reserve for 12 years serving as a marine science technician, with a mission of preventing marine pollution and responding to marine pollution incidences.

"We have done a good job here in Connecticut keeping our coast pollution free," said Bennett, who helped with clean-up efforts after the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

In addition, Bennett served in the past as a volunteer at the Westbrook Fire Department and has served for the past five years as a justice of the peace.

"I'm proud to say that I have officiated all the marriages I have been a part of, free of charge. I'm happy to marry people," he said.

Bennett said he has spent much of his adult life in the public sector working with non-profits and in education serving his community. Currently he is working as a substitute teacher in the Region 4 School district.

Bennett is also the co-founder of the Great Land Conservation Trust and said he also spends a large portion of his time furthering environmental education through the Student Training for Environmental Protection in New England program, and working for social justice, traveling the country as a facilitator and trainer for Allies for Social Justice.

He sees his candidacy as a chance for voters to change the entrenched party politics of Hartford.

"I think it's important in this race to vote for the right person for the position. I will actually listen to the independent voice. I am not beholden to anyone," he said. "The Green Party is the only party that is not corporately controlled. We are not controlled by special interest groups or lobbyists.

"I will work to do what is best for Connecticut right now, and in the future, and I am not trying to buy this election," said Bennett. "I am part of the people of this district and I am sick and tired of seeing the candidate with the most money win the election. I hope this election is different and I hope people vote for me, because I'm not part of the broken system that is currently in place. I'm part of the people who will make a change."

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