Orange Resident Announces Candidacy for State Rep in the 114th District

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May 132020

Dan DeBarba, a longtime Orange resident, announced today that he will be seeking the Republican nomination for the 114th State Representative district. State Representative Themis Klarides recently announced that she will not be seeking re-election.

“I first want to thank State Rep. Themis Klarides for her leadership and tireless commitment to the communities of Woodbridge, Orange, and Derby;” said DeBarba. “Our state is faced with extraordinary challenges and we need a representative in Hartford who can get right to work and continue to fight for our state and communities as Rep. Klarides has.”

Professionally, Dan is a health care executive, small business owner, and CPA.  He currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer of a large hospital and health care system in New York. Prior to his current role, Dan was the president of both Norwalk Hospital and Danbury Hospital.

“Each and every day, I am amazed by the tremendous work and sacrifice made by our nurses, doctors, and first responders. Hospitals and health care professionals in Connecticut and across the nation are doing everything they can to restore patient lives and to keep us all healthy,” he said.  “I have spent my career advocating for the needs of hospitals and their staff members and will continue to be a strong advocate for all of Connecticut’s hospitals, nurses, doctors, and first responders.”

Dan continued, “As a small business owner, I understand the significant challenges that small businesses face in Connecticut and will work diligently to improve the environment in which they operate. Small businesses form the economic foundation upon which we all depend, and they must be supported.”

A lifelong resident of Connecticut, Dan grew up in Wolcott and attended the University of Connecticut. While earning his undergraduate and graduate degrees, he served in the Connecticut Army National Guard for six years as a medic.

While at UConn, he met his wife Lynn, who was a nursing school student from Orange.  Dan and Lynn have two sons and a daughter, that graduated from Amity High School.

Dan and his wife have recently been blessed with their first grandchild.

“I look forward to speaking with residents throughout the district and listening to their thoughts and ideas about how we restart, rebuild, and reshape Connecticut’s economy,” DeBarba said. “It is imperative that during this crisis we put political differences aside and work together as good neighbors to meet the extraordinary challenges we all face.”

For more information or to contact Dan at debarbaforstaterep@gmail.com or call 203-699-6569.

Orange’s Mary Welander Challenging Klarides For 114th District

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Apr 032018

Orange Board of Education member Mary Welander announced that she is running for State Representative for the 114th District. The 114th District encompasses parts of Orange, Derby and the Town of Woodbridge.

“I am running because I believe our district is not accurately reflected by our current representation in Hartford. I am deeply committed to our area and want it to be as strong as it can be now and in the future for all of our children. I believe we have a duty to stand up for what is right and speak out against what is wrong, and I am not seeing enough of either from our representative. We live in a proud, strong, diverse district; I believe that our strengths lie in our differences and Connecticut will be stronger if we embrace new ideas while still respecting our history. I would be honored to represent the voices of my neighbors in Hartford.”

In addition to serving on the Board of Education, Mary was recently re-elected as the Vice Chair of the Orange Democratic Town Committee, serves on the Board of the PTA at Race Brook School, is the statewide representative for the Sandy Hook Promise Organization, as well as other community groups throughout town.

“I first met Mary after the 2016 Presidential election.  Mary began attending our DTC (Democratic Town Committee) meetings.  She showed confidence and knowledge not only of the issues but also she has a keen understanding of the legislative process,” said Jody Dietch, chair of the Orange DTC. “Mary quickly educated herself on how accomplishments happen in Hartford.  She is not someone who would have a learning curve taking on a new job.  She is already schooled in that and also is well known by many in Hartford.  She has the energy and more importantly, the integrity to represent not just the 114th district but all of the residents of Connecticut.”

Laurence Grotheer, Woodbridge DTC Chair, recently said, “Mary will be an outstanding representative for the 114th and Connecticut.  Her commitment to a better future for Connecticut is evident in her work on the OBOE and all she has accomplished in other community service roles. We look forward to her representing us and bringing bi-partisanship back to Hartford.”

“We are very excited that Mary is running for State Representative.  We need a fresh perspective in Hartford.  As a mother of three young children and an active PTA parent, her commitment to the prosperity of future generations is exactly the new approach we need to problem-solving in Hartford.” said Aniello Malerba, III, Chair of the Derby DTC.

Mary and her husband, Matt, live in Orange with their three children and dog, Bauer.