February 6, 2023

Bjornberg Endorsed by Connecticut Working Families Party

The Connecticut Working Families Party announced their endorsement of 33rd District State Senate candidate Emily Bjornberg in the upcoming November 4th election. As a mother of two young children, the wife of an Iraq War veteran, and the Director of Youth and Family Ministries of the Deep River Congregational Church, Bjornberg represents the many facets of the Connecticut working family.

The Working Families Party line helps to elect a candidate with strong values and a history of standing up for the working and middle class and unemployed. Bjornberg’s family settled in the Lower Connecticut River Valley over 160 years ago, creating a true small business which still survives to this day.

As State Senator, Bjornberg will be committed to ensuring all Connecticut families have the same opportunities as her own family, including access to affordable healthcare and a quality education for all children. During a Tuesday September 23rd debate, these beliefs were reflected in Bjornberg’s statements about resolving the issues related to regressive axes, which negatively affect our state’s middle class and unemployed.

“My opponent has proposed multiple pieces of legislation that, if successful, would have eliminated the earned income tax credit—the equivalent of a tax increase on the working poor. In this difficult economy, that would impose a significant hardship on a great number of families. Instead, we should work to reduce regressive taxes—like the property tax and the car tax—wherever possible,” said Bjornberg.

“This election is about what Connecticut families need in order to build a strong future. One of the best ways we can help Connecticut families is by making sure our small and family-owned businesses can succeed,” stated Bjornberg. “Small businesses are the true engines of job growth in our economy, but too often our government caters to the needs of large corporations without a thought for the needs of small businesses, which can’t afford teams of lobbyists in Hartford.”

Bjornberg makes it clear that her politics are deeply rooted in her belief in the importance of giving back to the community. Her work at the Deep River Congregational Church focuses on addressing social needs like homelessness and hunger. She previously ran an AIDS clinic in Johannesburg, South Africa to tend to the needs of the sick and dying.

The Working Families Party focuses on economic justice issues like creating good jobs with fair pay and quality benefits, and ensuring that all workers can retire with financial security and dignity. These issues are of special concern for the 33rd District, and Bjornberg is committed to creating new opportunities for young families, as well as supporting seniors living on fixed incomes.

“We are proud to endorse Emily Bjornberg, an independent-minded candidate whose genuine concern for working people and strengthening the middle class is rooted in years of advocacy work both around the world and here at home. She is the best choice for voters on November 4th,” said Lindsay Farrell, Executive Director of the Working Families Party.

Bjornberg’s endorsement by the Working Families Party comes with the grassroots support of the Working Families Party, its formidable door-to-door voter mobilization program, and placement of the candidate’s name on the Working Families Party ballot line, Row C.

The 33rd State Senate District includes the communities of: Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Lyme, Old Saybrook, Portland and Westbrook.