Firefighter Announces State Senate Campaign In 14th District

By Vincent Salzo, Patch Staff Published Mar 30, 2020 8:28 pm ET

The West Haven resident and firefighter announces a State Senate run in the 14th District, covering Milford, Orange, West Haven & Woodbridge

Mike Southworth, a West Haven resident and firefighter, announced Monday he is seeking the Republican nomination for the State Senate seat in the 14th District. (Photo courtesy of Paul Rapanault)

WEST HAVEN, CT — Mike Southworth, a West Haven resident and firefighter, announced Monday that he has officially filed paperwork to run for State Senate in the 14th District and is seeking the Republican nomination for the seat. The 14th Senatorial District covers all of Milford, Orange and parts of West Haven and Woodbridge. Democrat James Maroney is the incumbent.

“I have spent my career as a first responder serving and protecting the residents of West Haven and our surrounding communities,” Southworth said. “Right now, I along with many first responders and healthcare professionals are on the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak. This is uncharted territory for many of us and I understand the challenges our neighbors, communities, state, and country are facing, but we will work together to overcome this battle and win this war against the coronavirus.”

Southworth said his top priorities will be helping residents and businesses through these difficult times, working to create a more affordable Connecticut, and reducing unnecessary taxes placed on businesses.

Southworth is a full-time firefighter at the West Haven Fire Department, where he has spent 19 years serving the residents of West Haven. In 2014, Southworth was awarded the Medal of Merit for rescuing a citizen who fell through ice.

Before joining the West Haven Fire Department, Southworth was a paramedic and earlier an Emergency Medical Technician at American Medical Response (AMR).

Recently, from 2016 to 2018, Southworth was the President of the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1198 West Haven Professional Firefighters. In addition, Southworth is an active member and former leader of Elks Lodge #1537 in West Haven. He also helps coach a Milford Babe Ruth Fall Softball Team.

Southworth lives in West Haven with his wife Tracy and stepdaughter McKayla. To contact Mike email [email protected] or call 203-619-2650.