STRATFORD, Conn. – In a packed convention held Thursday evening at the Mill River Country Cub, Stratford Republicans officially nominated Laura Hoydick as their candidate to be the next mayor of the town of Stratford.
Hoydick was selected by a vote of 48-4.
The current state representative for the 120th General Assembly District, Hoydick was chosen by members of the Stratford Republican Town Committee to receive the Republican endorsement. The general election will be Nov. 7.
“I am extremely grateful and humbled by the support I have received tonight by town Republicans as their choice for the next mayor of our great town of Stratford,” Hoydick told the convention. “There are many tremendous challenges facing Stratford, and we are at a critical time in this town’s history.
"Our decisions today will have deep and lasting implications for our future generations, so it’s important that we get it right. That starts with an overhaul of the way our town government conducts itself. We need to have more respect for our town and that starts with showing more respect for those who serve in government along with us. I believe in working together across divides — I have done it in my previous service in local government, I do it in my current service in state government, and that’s how I intend to work as your mayor.”
Hoydick said she is looking forward to the campaign. “I am very much looking forward to meeting every voter I can in the coming months to talk about our vision for this town,” she said.
Among the goals cited by Hoydick are keeping local taxes low, providing a responsive and responsible government in Town Hall and supporting Stratford’s schools and education system. She also wants to oversee economic development projects, including the conversion of the former Army Engine Plant and completion of the proposed Exit 33 project off I-95. She also expressed support for revitalizing the iconic Shakespeare Theater.
“The overwhelming amount of support in our community to make Laura Hoydick the next Mayor of Stratford was reflected in the strength of the vote she received,” said Lou DeCilio, chairman of the Stratford Republican Town Committee. “She’s more than the Republican candidate – she’s the people's candidate.”
In March, Mayor John Harkins, a two-term Republican, announced that he wouldn't seek re-election.
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