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Reynolds Sees Smooth Transition To Bowles

The Democrats have been working together for years on local policy.

 

Ledyard residents are used to one of their own advocating for them in Hartford but after Tuesday’s election, they’ll have to cross the town line and the party line to have their voices heard.

Despite a victory for Republican Mike France, of Gales Ferry, in Ledyard, Tim Bowles, a Democrat from Preston, won the overall race for the 42nd seat in the state House on Tuesday.

France said that he lost the election by about 300 votes, which he thought would have come from people in Ledyard and Republicans in Preston.

“I’m a little disappointed that I didn’t get as much from Ledyard and Gales Ferry,” he said of the final votes. “

France said he also expected more votes from Preston, which has more Republicans but it looks like they went with the local guy.

Republicans have a strong representation in elected and volunteer offices and locally, Ledyard residents voted Republican. But on the state level, Ledyard has been represented by Democrats for a long time.

“There can’t be party lines here,” said state Rep. Tom Reynolds. “When you’re in a sparsely populated part of the state, you have to stick together.”

Reynolds, a Democrat from Gales Ferry has been serving Ledyard in Hartford  or four consecutive terms and will turn the seat, and his files, over Bowles in January.

Bowles has been living in the are for more than 35 years, according to his profile and was a Planning Analyst for the state of Connecticut. And, while Bowles has been a selectman for the town of Preston for two terms, Reynolds said they had a solid working relationship.

“I have a small number of files to hand over to Tim,” he said. “I have to debrief them on the plans going forward.”

Reynolds said some of the recent policies out of Hartford that impacted Ledyard are:

Secured state funding for tax exempt tribal land

Re-tooled the formula for education funding that worked in Ledyard’s favor in the agricultural program.

Re-worked the Pequot Fund Formula that nearly doubled Ledyard’s share of slot revenue.

While Reynolds is happy to leave the campaigning behind, Mike France said he really enjoyed the process.

David Moorehead November 08, 2012 at 04:42 PM
I am so sorry to see Tom Reynolds not elected to continue serving in Hartford. He has been an excellent Representative for our area and one of the brightest, hardest working and most respected Legislators by both his colleagues and community. He will be a big loss. That said, I have known and worked with Tim Bowles for many years in community organizations and know that he will represent us well. The fact that he is a fiscal conservative and realist hopefully will help break the hold on the Legislature that the State Unions have held. A major challange will be helping the nonprofit agencies survive, for they have for years subsidized services and filled the gaps. They have been "thrown under the bus" by the Governor and Legislature the past few years with unrealistic frozen rates, while more money and deals have been plowed into state programs that are far more expensive and, arguably, not as effective. It is a classic example of "killing the goose that laid the golden egg". We shouldn't need more money to deal with our state's problems, the Legislature needs to have the guts to spend it more wisely.

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