Ben McGorty was nominated by delegates from Shelton, Stratford and Trumbull to fill the remaining term of State Rep. Larry Miller, who died recently. McGorty accepted the nomination saying he would work to “continue Larry Miller’s work in Hartford to build our economy and fight against Gov. Dannel Malloy’s tax increases.”
McGorty will be the Republican nominee for the special election on Tuesday, July 22, to fill the remaining months of Miller’s term. Miller, a Republican, died on May 30 after more than 20 years as a state representative serving Shelton, Stratford and Trumbull.
Shortly after the special election to complete Miller’s term, there will likely be a primary on Aug. 12 for the Republican spot on the November general election ballot for the District 122 seat, according to Lou DeCilio, Stratford Republican Town Committee Chairman.
DeCilio said that Mike Vickerelli of Stratford has already submitted petition signatures for an August primary. The petition is pending verification.
McGorty is a Realtor with William Raveis. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus and is active in local and statewide fire prevention efforts. McGorty is a twenty-five year volunteer with the Shelton Fire department and serves on Shelton’s Board of Fire Commissioners.
His wife, Noreen, is an alderman in Shelton, representing the Huntington section of the city. She has most recently been a strong proponent of full-day kindergarten. They live in Shelton with their two children, Bennie and Siobhan. They are parishioners of St. Lawrence Church.
‘Continue Larry’s commitment’
McGorty said three things motivated him to run for the seat. “First, I am running to complete the great work that Larry Miller was focused on. I will continue Larry’s commitment to fair affordable housing laws, a clean environment, and job growth. Second, I believe that the point of government should be to make our lives better — to make them easier. Ever-increasing state spending doesn’t do that. Larry Miller believed in fiscal responsibility — and so do I. I’ll continue his work as a fiscal watchdog in Hartford.”
Third, McGorty said, is his love of community service.
“I was taught from a young age that it is important to give back to our neighbors. My wife and I have taught that to our own children. Serving Shelton, Stratford, and Trumbull in Hartford will help me accomplish that.”