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Rotella to step down as Stonington selectwoman

Stonington -- Democratic Selectwoman Kate Rotella announced this weekend that she will resign her position as of Jan. 1.

Rotella, who was elected in November as state representative from the 43rd District (Stonington and North Stonington) said Sunday that following orientation for new legislators, discussing possible committee assignments and preparing to submit bills, she realized that she would not be able to give a 100 percent effort to both jobs. Rotella and other legislators will be sworn in in early January when the General Assembly session begins.

“For me I want to be able to give 100 percent towards being the state representative for the 43rd District. I’m still going to be representing the people of Stonington just in different way,” she said.

During the campaign leading up to the November election, Rotella has said she thought she could successfully juggle her job as the purchasing manager for the Capital Region Education Council in Hartford and being a state representative along with serving on the Board of Selectmen and the town’s K-12 School Building Committee.

Because Rotella’s position on the building committee is as the Board of Selectmen’s representative, she will have to step down from that position as well. But Rotella said Sunday she is happy to continue serving if the selectman want to appoint her as an at-large member. She pointed out the committee should be wrapping up its work in 2019 as the two elementary school projects are completed.

Rotella said the town charter calls for the Board of Selectmen’s remaining members, First Selectman Rob Simmons and Selectman John Prue to appoint a replacement recommended by the Democratic Town Committee. That person will serve out the remainder of Rotella’s term which expires in November 2019.

Rotella said it has been an honor to serve with her fellow selectmen over the past three years.

“Working with First Selectman Simmons, (former) Selectman (Mike) Spellman and Selectman Prue over the years collaboratively — at a time when we see so little of that in national politics — has always been a pleasure. We have had common goals, and there has never been one moment that I ever doubted we were all motivated by the same desire to improve our town and help our citizens,” she wrote in her official announcement.

“I will take that same spirit of collaboration and desire to improve people’s lives with me to our Capitol. It has been my greatest privilege to serve Stonington as selectwoman for the past three years, and I will continue to serve the town with the same dedication as our state representative,” she added.



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