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Goulart, not Nolan, secures police endorsements in New London state rep race

New London — Kat Goulart, the Republican candidate for State Representative in the 39th District, has secured endorsements from both the state and local police unions.

Goulart is squaring off against incumbent State Rep. Anthony Nolan, a Democrat and a New London police officer, and Green Party candidate Erycka Ortiz in the upcoming election.

The New London Police Union, in a statement, said its nine-member executive board voted unanimously for Goulart’s endorsement after the passing of the police accountability law in July “which they believe as it stands is dangerous and puts our community at risk.” Nolan voted for the law.

"The time is right to have a candidate with a heart for labor and a demonstrated history of standing up for police officers,” Union President Todd Lynch said in a statement. "We look forward to working with her in the next legislative session on issues important to our police officers and supporting all our fellow public safety first responders during this unprecedented health crisis and especially difficult times for our police.”

Connecticut State Police Union President John Castiline, in a statement, said the endorsement is recognition of Goulart’s “support for public safety and the issues our union has faced in the past.”

“Your commitment to public safety and Trooper safety is truly appreciated by the entire Union membership,” Castiline wrote.

Goulart is the chairwoman of the Police Community Relations Commission, chairwoman of the New London Republican Town Committee and commissioner of the Economic Development Commission.

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