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Seger, Osborne Seek Democratic Nomination for 8th Senate District

April 29, 2014 Politics, State Capitol No Comments
Dan Seger of Canton, left and Melissa Osborne of Simsbury, right, hope to get the Democratic nod to challenge Republican Kevin Witkos in the 8th Senate District.

Dan Seger of Canton, left and Melissa Osborne of Simsbury, right, hope to get the Democratic nod to challenge Republican Kevin Witkos in the 8th Senate District.

Canton resident Dan Seger and Melissa Osborne of Simsbury are seeking the democratic nomination to challenge state Sen. Kevin Witkos (R-8) this fall.

Seger, who owns Connecticut Web Services, also challenged Witkos in 2010.

“I’m seeking the nomination again because our district needs a voice that will be heard in Hartford — a loud voice clearly in support of helping our district 8 small businesses survive,” Seger said. “Corporate agendas and voting against bills designed to help small businesses grow is what we have now,” Seger added. “It’s time to change that. Our kids and grandkids deserve an opportunity to work and live in the communities they grew up in. Without improving our business climate and changing our representation in the Senate, their future is less than promising.”

Osborne is a family and juvenile law attorney with a practice in Avon.

“Connecticut needs legislators who are responsive to constituent concerns and who are willing to roll up their sleeves and do the hard and creative work it is going to take to rebuild Connecticut’s legacy of manufacturing leadership,” Osborne said. “Equally as important is a refocusing and maximization of every dollar spent on social services.  We are at a unique economic crossroads and it is critical that we capitalize on the federal and global shifts to bring well-paying jobs home to Connecticut.  The diversity of my 16 years of legal experience – representing clients as varied as Fortune 500 corporations and indigent children and parents in juvenile court –  gives me the tools and breadth of understanding necessary to tackle these issues head-on.  It’s long past time for both parties to stop pointing fingers and to work together for the best interests of the Connecticut people.”

Kevin Witkos

Kevin Witkos

Witkos said this week he is focused on the end of the legislative session and would have more to add in coming weeks. He did, however, say he has a strong record of fiscal restraint and helping small businesses.

The governor’s policies are not working and the state too often wants to start new programs when it can’t fund the ones it has, Witkos said. The state has been Democratically controlled for more than 20 years and Republicans should have the chance to do better, he said.

“We need the opportunity to govern,” Witkos said.

Seger and Osborne will address Democratic convention delegates at an information session to be held at Eno Memorial Hall, 754 Hopmeadow St., Simsbury on Wednesday, April 30 at  7:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

8th-District Democrats are expected to choose a candidate in May. 

 

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