McGorty endorsed by small business advocates in state rep race

Ben McGorty, a Shelton Republican running for state representative in the July 22 special election, has been endorsed by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).

McGorty, a Realtor and volunteer firefighter, is seeking to fill the vacancy left by the death of state Rep. Larry Miller in late May. The 122nd House District includes parts of Shelton, Stratford and Trumbull.

In its endorsement letter to McGorty, NFIB stated that McGorty "will be committed to the needs of thousands of Main Street small businesses and their employees in Connecticut when (he is) elected to serve in Hartford."

‘Backbone of our economy’

“Particularly in this economy, there is much at stake for Connecticut residents,” McGorty said. “I am proud to have been endorsed by NFIB, an organization whose sole purpose is to advocate on behalf of small business owners and their employees.”

“Small businesses are truly the backbone of our economy here in Connecticut,” said McGorty, noting that more than 70% of Connecticut’s businesses have fewer than nine employees.

The National Federation of Independent Business is a small business association. The group’s mission is to promote and protect the rights of its members to own, operate, and grow their businesses.

Perillo also backs McGorty

State Rep. Jason Perillo of Shelton, who represents the 113th District, praised McGorty. “Like Larry Miller, Ben McGorty will always tell you exactly where he stands and will promote honest, professional government,” Perillo said.

“At the same time, Ben will be tireless in his pursuit of a safe environment where we can live, work, and raise our families,” Perillo said.

Active in fire prevention issues

McGorty is a real estate broker 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 25-year volunteer with the Shelton Fire Department, serves on the Shelton Board of Fire Commissioners, and is a paid deputy fire marshal in the city.

His wife, Noreen, is an alderman in Shelton. They live in Shelton with their two children, Bennie and Siobhan. They are parishioners of St. Lawrence Church.