May 28 2020 – Milford-Orange Times
Republicans unanimously endorsed West
Haven firefighter Mike Southworth to run
for Senate in the 14th Senatorial District,
which includes Milford and Orange. Local
leaders from West Haven and Milford spoke
to the unique ties which Southworth has to the
district and how impactful his service has been
to local communities.
State Rep. Charles Ferraro placed
Southworth’s name into nomination.
“As a first responder, Mike is a qualified
leader in the community,” Ferraro said. “Mike
will roll up his sleeves and will fight for the
residents of the 14th District. He is committed
to helping those in need and making our state a
more affordable place to live, work and retire.
Milford Alderman Ray Vitali seconded the
nomination, stressing the candidate’s strong
ties to the city.
“Mike understands the needs of each
community in the 14th district,” Vitali said.
“Mike knows Milford well and will be here for
the residents and business owners of Milford.
We need a state senator who isn’t a rubber
stamp and who will challenge the status quo
In his acceptance speech, Southworth shared
his concern that “Connecticut is quickly
becoming a state that no one can afford to live
in, raise a family in, work in and retire in.”
He added that he intends to “go to Hartford
and put people over politics. It is time to right
the ship, put the citizens of this state back on