Delegates at the 50th State House District Democratic Convention again nominated Pat Boyd of Pomfret, Connecticut as their nominee for the November general election. Boyd was first elected to the seat in November 2016.
Boyd, who also serves as the President of the Pomfret Volunteer Fire Department, is a native of the Quiet Corner, received his B.A. from Eastern Connecticut State University in 2003, and his M.A.T. from Sacred Heart University three years later. Since his election to the Connecticut General Assembly, Boyd has fought to ban the application of coal tar on state roads, protect local agriculture and dairy farming, and save the five towns of the district from steep cuts to municipal aid. In addition to his work in Hartford, Boyd is an American government teacher and Assistant Dean of Students at the Pomfret School in Pomfret, Connecticut.
Nick Fulchino, a former high school student of Boyd’s and a member of Pomfret’s Zoning Board of Appeals, placed Boyd’s name into nomination, citing the representative’s extensive work on behalf of the district. “Last year, when the State of Connecticut entered a 123-day budget standoff, it was Pat Boyd who worked behind the scenes to bring both sides together,” Fulchino told the delegates.
Brooklyn resident Heather Vogt chaired the convention. In addition to serving as the Vice Chair of the Brooklyn Democratic Town Committee, Vogt is the outgoing president of the Student Government Association at Quinebaug Valley Community College. “I am supporting Pat because of his commitment to QVCC. When the Board of Regents tried to consolidate our community colleges, Pat Boyd stood up for us,” Vogt said.
Boyd is planning an active campaign for the summer months. He intends to highlight his record of advocating for the Quiet Corner on issues like agriculture and opposing the community college consolidation plan. “It has been the honor of my life to serve in the Connecticut General Assembly and I have strived to represent rural Connecticut, even when it goes against the popular tide in Hartford.” He continued, “If given the opportunity to return next year, I will continue to push to bring people together to find bipartisan solutions to our state’s steep financial problems. I firmly believe that we are at our best when the partisan agendas are put aside.”