Hamden Legislative Councilwoman Marjorie Bonadies (R-9) who is serving as minority leader has announced plans to run for the Connecticut General Assembly seat being vacated by Speaker of the House Brendan Sharkey. Bonadies announced her intentions to run at the Hamden Republican Town Committee meeting on Tuesday night. Republican Town Chairwoman Holly Bryk said she is ecstatic that someone of Councilwoman Bonadies caliber and experience has thrown their hat into the ring. “Anyone who knows Marjorie knows she will put 100% effort into her campaign and if elected will be an outstanding public servant for Hamden” Bryk said in a statement.
Councilwoman Bonadies, first elected to the Hamden Legislative Council in 2013, and re-elected last year to a 2nd term representing West Woods and portions of Mt. Carmel, said that the recent budget deliberations that produced a significant mill rate increase on Hamden residents is her main reason for running. She said if elected she will be an advocate for Hamden, fighting for additional Educational Cost Sharing funds. “Hamden taxpayers pay out millions of dollars in state income taxes each year and we receive back close to 25 cents on a dollar. Clearly the Democratic majority isn’t getting the job done- This directly impacts the mill rate increases we are seeing at the town level. Something needs to change and I want to be that voice for change.”
Bonadies said that the Republican caucus in the General Assembly needs more “NO votes” in Hartford to hold accountable Governor Malloy for his reckless governing style. Whomever the Hamden Democrats nominate for the seat will be nothing but a rubber stamp for the unpopular Malloy administration” Bonadies said.
Bonadies added that Hamden’s state delegation is unanimously controlled by the Democrats. The 88th District hasn’t had a Republican representative since the 1990s. Clearly a new voice and different perspective is needed.
Marjorie, originally from neighboring Cheshire, is married to Dr. John Bonadies, a Hamden Native, and local surgeon serving Hamden residents for over 20 years. “We have two college-age children and are presiding over an empty nest”. Marjorie, herself is a registered nurse having attended Boston University and Newton-Wellesley Hospital School of Nursing. “I’ve worked for over a decade in every hospital department, now I work with my husband in an outpatient setting so health care is a major issue. My style of governing reflects the way I approach nursing care. I recognize a problem and immediately go to work to mitigate the fallout. Things often get worse when symptoms are ignored just as in government. Kicking the can down the road is not an option for me”.