State Representative Joe Aresimowicz (D) announced that he will seek re-election in the 30th Assembly District. The House Majority Leader represents Berlin and Southington.
“In response to the incredible support I’ve received, I am pleased to officially announce my candidacy for State Representative for the 30th District,” he said in a press release. “It has been a distinct honor serving as a State Representative, and I am so grateful to have the opportunity to serve my constituents in Berlin and Southington. I am looking forward to the opportunity to build on our many successes in the 30th District.”
Just two weeks after his campaign kick-off event, Aresimowicz has received enough contributions to qualify for the Citizen’s Election Program (CEP). He and his campaign committee, entitled “Friends of A-Z,” have been seeking small donations between $5 and $100 from eligible donors in order to raise $5,000 in qualifying contributions to participate in the CEP. They held their only fundraising event on Feb. 1 at The Pine Loft in Berlin and have already raised over $5,000 from more than 150 Berlin and Southington residents.
Aresimowicz, a Berlin native, is popularly known as “Coach Joe” around town. He has long volunteered in youth athletics, from coaching basketball and the town’s Little League to currently directing Berlin Midget Football and serving as an assistant football coach for Berlin High School.
As State Representative he has worked effectively with local elected officials to move forward and fund much needed projects, such as the Senior Center and YMCA renovations in Southington and the train station and Village area on Farmington Avenue in Berlin.
“I got involved because of my kids, and wanting to make sure they had a safe and friendly community to grow up in,” Aresimowicz said in the release. “Since then, I’ve worked every day for the same basic things that matter to our community. Helping make sure high school athletes can compete safely, working to ensure our seniors have access to affordable prescription drugs, and helping our small business owners who need permits or support from the state get those services quickly.”
He has received many accolades during his 11-year tenure, including the 2015 CCPA Community Champion Award for his outstanding leadership in supporting community providers, the 2014 and 2015 AARP Legislative Achievement Awards and being named a Children’s Champion by the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance for 3 consecutive years. Other organizations that have honored Aresimowicz throughout the years include the American Legion, The Connecticut State Firefighters Association, Connecticut Working Families Party, the Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Connecticut, Connecticut Police Chiefs Association, and many others.
Aresimowicz was first elected to the Connecticut General Assembly in 2004 to represent the 30th Assembly District of Berlin and Southington. Joe is now serving his sixth term in the House where he serves as Majority Leader.