January 29, 2023

Jim Crawford is Approved for Public Financing

Jim Crawford, the endorsed Democratic candidate for State Senate in the 33rd Senatorial District

WESTBROOK — Jim Crawford, the endorsed Democratic candidate for State Senate in the 33rd Senatorial District, announced today that his campaign has received final approval for public financing under Connecticut’s Citizens’ Elections Program—the nation’s leading clean elections initiative.

Crawford’s campaign had successfully raised the necessary $15,000 in donations of $100 or less from more than 300 local donors over two weeks ago, but waited until its application received final approval late last week before making an announcement.

“I am delighted to be participating in public campaign financing, and to have qualified through the support of hundreds of small local donors. Now I can focus entirely on talking to voters about the issues that matter most—growing our economy again, and creating the jobs that so many people need,” said Crawford.

He continued, “The Citizen’s Elections Program has successfully removed the influence of big corporate money on state politics in Connecticut, and more candidates are now running for office than ever before. Compared to what is happening in other states in the aftermath of Citizens United, Connecticut is leading the country by example, showing how clean campaigns can be waged and won. Every Connecticut resident, of all parties, should be proud of this system.”

Jim Crawford, currently serving his first term as a State Representative, is a native of the 33rd Senatorial District. He served as an officer in the US Army after college, then began a 37-year teaching career in the Westbrook Public Schools. During that time, Jim also owned and operated a small business, the Maples Motel, with his wife Elaine. They have two grown children.

The 33rd Senatorial District is comprised of twelve towns which stretch from shore of Long Island Sound up the Connecticut River toward the center of the state: Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Lyme, a portion of Old Saybrook, Portland, and Westbrook.