Yesterday, Chris Donovan paid a visit to my neck of the woods in Danbury to officially announce his candidacy for Congress.
Donovan has been unofficially running for Chris Murphy's 5th Congressional seat since May, but he is kicking off his campaign this week with stops at cities across the district. He visited Waterbury and Torrington Wednesday, Danbury Thursday, and he will visit Meriden Friday and New Britain Saturday.
"My whole life has been dedicated to seeing that people are taken care of," said Donovan, who represented Meriden in the state legislature for 18 years. Since 2009, he served as speaker of the house.
Donovan said his work in the state legislature showed he can work with both Republicans and Democrats. He said his work on campaign finance reform under a Republican governor led to legislation that made it possible, "so everyone can afford to run for office."
Donovan spoke to a group of about 50 democrats, including former Town Committee chairmen Bernard Gallo and Joe DaSilva. Lynn Taborsak, who is both the Democratic Town Committee Chairman and the democratic candidate for mayor, also attended, as did former Fifth District Congressman Jim Maloney.
From yesterday at the Danbury Public Library, here's video footage of Donovan's stump speech.