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Stratford GOP Plans Reception For Legislature Candidate Susan Barksdale

Susan Barksdale
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STRATFORD, CONN. -- A reception will be held on Thursday, Jan. 7, for Stratford’s Susan Barksdale, a Republican candidate running to fill the remainder of state Rep. Terry Backer’s term in the 121st District.

Barksdale, the former co-chair of the Stratford Board of Education, is facing Democrat Joseph Gresko in the special Feb. 2 election.

Backer, a longtime Democratic state representative, died in December of brain cancer. He was 61.

The reception for Barksdale will be held from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. at Knapp’s Landing, 520 Sniffens Lane.

In accepting the GOP nomination in December, Barksdale extended her condolences to Backer’s family and said that Stratford was saddened by his passing.

Barksdale said she intended to re-introduce herself to voters and share how her experience in the public and private sectors, advocacy for children, and years of volunteering and leadership in Stratford, have given her the background to be the community’s “voice in Hartford.”

Barksdale said she intends to tackle issues in Connecticut such as “major budget problems and high taxes and a loss of jobs” that hurting middle class families.

Stratford’s current state legislators – Sen. Kevin Kelly (R-21), Rep. Laura Hoydick (R-120), and Rep. Ben McGorty (R-122) -- attended the endorsement and pledged their support for Barksdale.

“Susan is an excellent candidate with exceptional qualifications who understands the district’s challenges and will be a forceful voice for Stratford in the House,” said Hoydick, the deputy House minority leader, sentiments that were echoed by Kelly.

For more information about the reception, call (203) 378-8540, email, or visit

The contribution for the reception is $30 per person, or $100 maximum.

Personal checks can be made payable to: “Barksdale for State Representative.”

Checks may also be mailed to: Barksdale for State Representative 175 Lighthouse Ave., Stratford, Conn. 06615.

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