Candidates for the 7th Senatorial District

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Information taken from each candidate’s website.

John Kissel

State Senator John A. Kissel, the Chief Deputy Senate Republican Leader, is currently serving his 15th term representing Connecticut’s 7th Senatorial District, which includes East Granby, Enfield, Somers, Suffield, Windsor Locks, parts of Granby and Windsor, and part of Ellington, which will become part of the district in January.

This year, Senator Kissel opposed CT tax hikes and voted “no” on legislation which would increase our cost of living.

Senator Kissel voted in favor of $1.2 billion in tax relief for working- and middle-class families, including a reduction to the income tax, sales tax, and more.

Senator Kissel is the Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee, which addresses matters relating to the Department of Corrections, courts, judicial procedures and criminal law. Senator Kissel continues to push to establish appropriate consequences to respond to crime, but also to prevent crime, to create opportunity and hope, and to rehabilitate by looking at the big picture. Visit for details.

For many years, Senator Kissel has been a leading advocate for seniors.

In 2012, Senator Kissel was named Legislator of the Year by the Connecticut National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials for his efforts in promoting safe, decent, sanitary and drug-free housing environments.

He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Connecticut School of Education in 1981, a Juris Doctor degree from Western New England College School of Law in 1984, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences, with a major in history, from the University of Connecticut in 2002. He currently works as a corporate attorney for Eversource.

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Cynthia Mangini

Cynthia Mangini has been an Enfield resident for over 40 years and is an experienced public servant who has been a member of the Enfield Town Council for 20 years. She has served on the National League of Cities Public Finance Committee, Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, and the Intergovernmental Relations committee. She is a volunteer in her community as a member of the Rotary Club, Mount Carmel society, and as a CCD teacher. Cindy knows that being an active member of the community is the only way to get positive results.

Defending Freedom
   Defend reproductive rights
   Defend and expand the rights of women
   Defend and expand rights of the disabled
   Defend and expand the rights of the LGBTQIA+ community

Health Care
   Affordable health care for all by expanding Husky Care.
   Expand mental health care availability throughout our communities.

Economic Vitality
   Promote an equitable tax system that favors the people of Connecticut
   Support workers’ rights to unionize and to collectively bargain
   Bring better paying jobs to Connecticut
   Work to secure local farms’ future and profitability

   Every child needs a high-quality, and properly funded, education
   Expand mental healthcare access to all school systems in the State
   Protect teacher pensions

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