Hoydick: If Elected, Mayor’s Post Will be Sole Focus
STRATFORD - Laura Hoydick, the endorsed Republican in the race for mayor of Stratford, confirmed that if she is elected to the town's top post, she will resign her elected seat in the state legislature.
First elected in a special election in March of 2010, Hoydick has served in leadership positions including ranking member of the Energy and Technology Committee and deputy minority leader appointed by Republican Leader Themis Klarides .
"Serving as Stratford's mayor will be an honor and a privilege just as it's been an honor to serve as the 120th district state representative,” said Hoydick. “The focus and priorities I have as state representative are the same that I will have as mayor. Advocating with the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection for the Stratford Army Engine remediation, redevelopment of Exit 33, protecting Stratford's education funding , to name a few, will continue to receive my undivided and exclusive attention as mayor."
Hoydick noted that she had concerns about vacating her legislative seat before a state budget was passed, leaving critical funding to Stratford in question. With the governor having signed a bipartisan budget yesterday that preserves funding to Stratford, including over $20 million in education funding, she said that concern is now removed.
"There was no way I would have resigned that seat and deprived Stratford of a critical vote in the House before the current state budget was settled and Stratford's funding restored,” she added.
By resigning her seat, Hoydick forgoes full state pension benefits by not serving 10 years through March of 2020. She also noted that if elected, she would resign her post as Executive Director of the Stratford Chamber of Commerce.
As she indicated at her announcem ent back in May, Hoydick said service to Stratford is an essential part of her makeup as she seeks to give back to the community that has given s o much to her and her family.