Surrounded by friends, family members, and supporters, Danbury Board of Education chairperson Rachel Chaleski kicked off her campaign for a State Representative seat that has historically been in control of the Republican Party for decades.
With Donald Trump no longer a factor that led to the high Democratic turnout in 2018 and 2020, area Republicans believe that Chaleski is the right fit to challenge incumbent Kenneth Gucker, whom conservatives characterize as hyper-partisan and out of step with the views of constituents in the historically conservative district.
With education being a top issue in last year's municipal elections, school concern was a focal point of Chaleski's stump speech. Throughout the event, the Republican challenger did not hesitate in making a stark contrast to her approach to education versus the incumbent, who recently made headlines for suggesting that one of the city's most contaminated properties could be remediated and used for an elementary school.
The current message from our state delegation is that they are more concerned for the other over-funded towns who may endure a funding cut, rather than be concerned for properly funding the city they are supposed to represent! [...] In response to our school overcrowding issue, our current representation can only offer feeling sorry and suggests placing a school on a brownfield! A contaminated waste site is not the solution!
Other issues raised by Cheleski include addressing increases in state taxation, support for public safety, and misrepresentation by the incumbent state lawmaker. Here's video of Cheleski remarks in full.