Shelton woman enters race for state representative

Kelly Hanna
Kelly Hanna

Another candidate has entered the race for state representative in the 122nd District, which includes almost half of Shelton.

Kelly Hanna of Shelton has announced she is the Green Party candidate in the contest.

In a press release, Hanna said she is passionate about the health and safety of this generation and those to come. “Quality of life matters,” said the Shelton native.

She said if elected she wants “to establish long-term goals, take right action, and create policy for a safe, clean and healthy environment. I want to know what concerns people have and will work to find solutions.

“I strongly believe public representatives are accountable to the people who elect them,” Hanna said.

Army veteran, works in healthcare

Hanna is an Army veteran, has past experience in the logistics and transportation industry, and currently works in the healthcare field. She is a life coach and teaches yoga.

She said she spends her free time enjoying nature and hiking with family and friends. Because of her interest in the environment and promoting healthy families, she volunteers at organic farms and has been involved in environmental cleanup activities.

Other candidates

The longtime incumbent in the 122nd District, Larry Miller, died in late May. Ben McGorty of Shelton, a Republican, won a special election in July to fill the seat and is running for re-election this fall.

Also in the race as a petition candidate is Cheryl Jansen of Shelton, who has run for the seat as a Democrat in the past. The Democrats do not have a candidate in the race.

In addition to slightly less than half of Shelton, the 122nd House District includes small parts of Stratford and Trumbull.