At our April meeting, the Madison Democratic Town Committee endorsed John-Michael Parker of Madison in his candidacy for the 101st District of the Connecticut House of Representatives serving Madison and Durham.  John-Michael formally announced his intention to run for the State Rep seat on April 6th expressing the concerns which led him to seek political office: “While there is so much to celebrate about this community, there are real challenges we are facing at home and across the state—challenges which have not been met with practical, inspired solutions.  We need to fight harder to support our schools and parks and municipal services. We need to not simply protect, but invest in the natural resources that make our towns unique.  And we need to create more locally-driven economic opportunities that will bring in sustainable revenue and incentivize fiscal responsibility and independence. I believe that the best practices for reviving our state start in our small communities, and I am committed to a solution-oriented approach, working together with legislators and citizens across the state to get things done.”

John-Michael was born and raised in Madison, and graduated at the top of his class from Daniel Hand High School as an accomplished student, athlete, and musician. He attended Yale University, graduating in 2010 with a degree in neurobiology. While teaching middle school science in New York City, he joined the founding team of The Future Project, a non-profit that develops in high schoolers the skills and mindsets to make change in their communities and succeed in life. As a Dream Director, he worked in schools with students and community volunteers. He was then promoted to Vice President of Development, where he helped grow the organization to serve over 25,000 students across the country. After eight years of fighting for young people in New York, he moved back home to pursue public service in a new way: as an elected official.

According to Madison Selectman Al Goldberg, “John-Michael has already demonstrated that he can be effective by providing new energy and new ideas. I see in him a man with integrity, intelligence, and genuine empathy who wants to make this community better, and I believe he would be an excellent representative and a strong partner for Madison and Durham in the legislature.”

Simone Howe, a Physician Assistant and long-time resident of Durham, says of John-Michael, “I am impressed with the work he’s done in schools throughout his career. I think he’s the kind of representative we need right now—one who is in touch with today’s issues and who will fight for us in Hartford.”

In John-Michael’s words, “I love this community and the schools, resources, and people that make it special—and that made me who I am. I am excited to run a rigorous campaign, meeting thousands of voters and listening to their challenges and their dreams. If I earn the privilege of serving, I will bring these voices and all my energy and determination to Hartford, supporting the continued success of Madison and Durham, and applying these successful concepts to the revitalization of Connecticut.”

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