Trumbull Democrats

Trumbull Democrats Drew Capacity Crowd to Keys to Democracy Awards Dinner

Trumbull Democrats Drew Capacity Crowd to Keys to Democracy Awards Dinner
with Speakers 
Senator Blumenthal, Senator Murphy and Congressman Himes

Local Heroes Timothy A. Cantafio, Beryl Kaufman and Matt Kuroghlian Honored

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Beryl Kaufman, Congressman Jim Himes, Timothy Cantafio, Senator Chris Murphy, and Matthew Kuroughlian

On Sunday, March 26th, the Trumbull Democratic Town Committee (TDTC) held its first Keys to Democracy Awards Dinner at which 225 guests heard Senator Richard Blumenthal, Senator Chris Murphy and Congressman Jim Himes speak on Trump’s First 100 Days:  Our Voices, Our Actions, Our Country – Still Strong. The Dinner Co-chairs were Anthony Musto, Trumbull Town Treasurer; Vicki Tesoro, Trumbull Board of Finance member; and Cindy Katske, TDTC Secretary.

Vicki Tesoro, speaking for the Dinner Co-Chairs, stated, “This great turnout represents the growing local political activism here in Trumbull, and Trumbull Democrats are thrilled to lead this movement as we approach the municipal election season. We are committed to bringing a positive agenda to our town and creating real change in Trumbull. This is a great community and it is time that our town government represents the values of our citizens – that is, respect, cooperation, and inclusion.” She continued, “We want to thank Senators Blumenthal and Murphy, and Congressman Himes for being with us, our Honorees for their dedication, and everyone who came or made donations to this successful night.”

Following the dinner, Senator Richard Blumenthal stated, “What an energetic evening. It is so great to honor Timothy Cantafio, Beryl Kaufman and Matthew Kuroghlian for their significant community contributions.  I look forward to working with the Trumbull Democrats on their way to victory in November.”

Senator Chris Murphy added, “There’s no level of fear or sadness or anxiety that you feel about this political moment that can’t be cured by political action. It still works. Take for example last week. For all the attention the Republicans have tried to put on the Freedom Caucus, the real story of how Trumpcare failed is about the more moderate Republicans who started to feel the heat of the overwhelming grassroots pressure at town halls, on their phone lines, and online,” said Murphy, “This movement is real, and it’s growing organically. It’s going to be a tough couple years, but I feel more confident than ever before because of growing political activism like we saw here tonight in Trumbull.”

Congressman Jim Himes commented, “We need principled progressive activism more now than ever – both to move our country forward and to honor the legacy of those who have come before, including my dear friend Kevin Sutherland.  I’m proud to have helped honor him last night through presenting Matt Kuroghlian with his namesake award, and I thank Timothy Cantafio and Beryl Kaufman for their important contributions to the community.”

Anthony Musto, Beryl Kaufman, Senator Chris Murphy, Tom Kelly, Vicki Tesoro, Congressman Jim Himes

Tom Kelly, TDTC Chairman, stated, “Trumbull Democrats are excited about the success of our dinner and the number of new, motivated citizens who are supporting us.  We have a united party, full of passion and pride, and we have momentum going into the municipal election cycle.  We will bring much needed positive change to our town this November.”

The night was energizing and emotional as local heroes were honored for their contributions to the community of Trumbull.  Timothy A. Cantafio, a lifelong resident of Trumbull and vice president of engineering for Northeast Electronics Corp. in Milford, received the inaugural 2017 Leadership Award for over four decades of involvement in local political and social issues. Beryl Kaufman, born in Bridgeport but a resident of Trumbull for over 50 years, was honored for furthering the participation of citizens in our government and protecting the rights and education of people with special needs.

The Kevin J. Sutherland Inspiration in Democracy Award was presented to Matthew Kuroghlian, a Trumbull High School junior, for dedicating himself to public service and engaging young people in local and state elections while still in high school.  The award is in memory of Kevin Joseph Sutherland, a 2009 graduate of Trumbull High, political strategist, and photographer, who lost his life in a senseless act of violence in 2015. It was given by Douglas and Theresa Sutherland, Kevin’s parents.  The TDTC honors Kevin’s dedication to Democratic ideals and his commitment to action while never seeking the limelight. Through this award, the TDTC and his parents hope to encourage others to follow in Kevin’s footsteps.

Rep. Jim Himes

Congressman Himes to Speak on Trump’s First 100 Days: Our Voices, Our Actions, Our Country – Still Strong

Trumbull Dems Keys to Democracy Awards Dinner

March 26, 2017 at Tashua Knolls, Trumbull

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Congressman Jim Himes, Senator Richard Blumenthal, and Senator Chris Murphy will speak, in Trumbull, on the impact of the Trump administration’s actions in Washington, D.C. And they will discuss positive actions that can be taken to protect the policies and laws that Democrats have fought so hard to put in place during the Trumbull Democratic Town Committee’s first Keys to Democracy Award Dinner taking place on Sunday, March 26, 2017, 5:30pm – 8:30pm, at Tashua Knolls Restaurant, Trumbull.   Some background on Congressman Himes:

Jim Himes represents Trumbull as part of Connecticut’s 4th District in the United States House of Representatives where he is serving his fifth term. He is a member of the House Committee on Financial Services, serves as the ranking member of the NSA and Cybersecurity Subcommittee of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and is Chair of the New Democrat Coalition.

As a member of Congress, Jim works hard to provide all American children the same opportunities he had to succeed: access to a first-rate public school, affordable and effective health care, a decent and safe home, and a supportive community.

After completing his undergraduate at work Harvard, Jim earned a Rhodes Scholarship, which enabled him to attend Oxford University in England where he continued his studies of Latin America, including research in El Salvador. Prior to his service in Congress, Jim ran the NYC branch of The Enterprise Community Partners, a nonprofit dedicated to addressing the unique challenges of urban poverty. Jim’s team led the way in financing the construction of thousands of affordable housing units often using new green technologies to achieve energy efficiency and reduce utility costs.  Jim began his professional career at Goldman Sachs & Co. where he worked his way up to Vice President over the course of a 12-year career.  Jim lives in Greenwich with his wife and two daughters.

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