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Southington Native Announces Independent/Unaffiliated Bid for State Senate but Shuts Down Campaign for Lack of Signatures, Asks Voters to Write Him In

Posted on October 15, 2018 at 3:35 PM

Southington Native Announces Independent/Unaffiliated Bid for State Senate but Shuts Down Campaign for Lack of Signatures, Asks Voters to Write Him In

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October 9, 2018

SOUTHINGTON, CONN.—An experienced environmentalist and Christian social advocate has thrown his hat in the ring as an independent/unaffiliated petitioning candidate for Connecticut’s 16th District Senate race. Steve Theriault, a mostly life-long resident of Southington had hoped to outpoll the established parties in this District which Chris Murphy once represented and which Joe Markley currently represents. The 16th District includes Southington, Wolcott, parts of Cheshire and Waterbury and all of Prospect. Theriault has a broad array of education and experience but has only run once previously and unsuccessfully, for political office in a Southington municipal race. The unaffiliated candidate spent the month of July and part of August seeking signatures to get on the November 6th ballot. However, upon final count, Theriault was approximately 25 signatures short of the 476 needed to petition his way onto the ballot as an unaffiliated candidate, having collected 501 signatures. Almost 10% of the signatures he personally collected were not from registered voters which Theriault said makes him mad. “Those unregistered people who told me they were registered cost me a place on the ballot and cost the people of the district an honest, independent voice in Hartford.” The candidate says that people who have supported him can still write his name in if they so choose. “Write-in campaigns hardly ever win, but the electorate can show its displeasure with the regular parties by writing in a top-notch independent/unaffiliated candidate like myself,” Theriault said.


The candidate said his platform was based on honest, transparency and good government, with financial accountability as one of the most important issues confronting the legislature this year. Theriault also is in favor of fair wages and an increase in the minimum wage to a living wage and fair taxation, with those able to pay shouldering their fair share. He also wants to streamline government and cut waste from the budget. “I call myself a Pro-life progressive” in the sense that I abhor abortion but don’t want to criminalize women who have been wronged by the male establishment for so long, but I want fairness and common sense legislation to replace the special interest politics we have now.”

Theriault has a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Connecticut and a Juris Doctor (Law) degree from Western New England University School of Law. Theriault abandoned the practice of law after briefly doing pro bono legal aid work when he lived in Tallahassee, Florida. He has extensive political experience on the front lines—having personally canvassed in Florida, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Connecticut for various local, state and national candidates. Theriault also has an extensive volunteer history with local, state and national charities, including pro bono Christian Counseling and evangelism and calls himself a “Christian Environmentalist”. He was Executive Director of the Quinnipiac River Watershed Association in the late 80’s and has worked in Investment Banking, receiving brokerage licenses, and Social Services, rising to Manager of Mental Health Services at Mercy Housing & Shelter Corp. in Hartford supervising 34 employees and 36 residents with serious mental health and addiction issues. A complete and extensive Bio of Theriault’s volunteer and employment experience and his political platform were available on the campaign’s website (shut down on 9/23) at He has posted the platform on his blogsite is . He can be contacted at [email protected] or by telephone or text at 860-302-8099 if any registered voter in the District would like more information about the candidate. The candidate says he may try again in 2020!

Stephen M. Theriault is the author of The Practical Guide to Real Christianity and is organizer/founder of International Citizens Against Corruption and Overdevelopment, one of many groups he has begun. (on Facebook) and Avenger-Equalizer blog. Avenger/Equalizer Blog: (also on Facebook and Tumblr, as well as TheJesusReport blog found only on Tumblr.) I am @stevetheriault9 on On Instagram, look for stevetheriault463.


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