Shelton state Rep. Ben McGorty seeking fifth term in state House

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State Rep. Ben McGorty has announced that he will be seeking a fifth consecutive term representing the 122nd District this November. The district includes parts of Shelton, Stratford and Trumbull.

“It is a great honor to serve the people of Shelton, Stratford, and Trumbull in the General Assembly,” McGorty said. “The trials of the pandemic have only made it harder for many Connecticut residents to move to, raise a family, or retire in our state.

McGorty said state residents “need a representative in Hartford that will stand up to Governor Lamont and hold his administration accountable to the people of our state.”

He said he is committed to serving as a voice for families, so that Connecticut can be an affordable place to live and save for the future.

“For students, so that they have more access to online schooling and essential mental health services,” he said.

“For parents, to ensure they have a say in how their child is educated. For our first responders, to prioritize the safety of our communities; and for our businesses, to show them that Connecticut is a place where they can thrive.”McGorty said he has supported the elimination of the state income tax on pensions and Social Security, worked to stop a state takeover of local zoning, and continues to hold Gov. Ned Lamont to his promise of fully funding the Valley Regional Fire School.

At the start of the 2022 Legislative Session, he voted against the extension of the governor’s emergency powers to end the “state of emergency” in Connecticut.

McGorty is a lieutenant and deputy fire marshal for the Stratford Fire Department and a realtor for Coldwell Banker Real Estate. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus and serves in many statewide fire prevention efforts.

His volunteer fire service includes 30 years with the Huntington Fire Department, and he serves on the Shelton Board of Fire Commissioners. Additionally, McGorty serves on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley.

In the legislature, McGorty serves as co-chair of the bipartisan Fire & EMS Caucus. He is a member of the Public Safety, Regulations Review, and Banking Committees.

McGorty and his wife, Noreen, who was a longtime alderman in the city, have lived in Shelton for more than 30 years.