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Human Rights Attorney Dave Rubino Nominated to Challenge Carney for 23rd House District Seat

Published May 20, 2020 • Last Updated 03:31 p.m., May 20, 2020

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On May 18, the 23rd House District Democratic Convention in the towns of Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, and Westbrook nominated Dave Rubino to challenge State Representative Devin Carney for the 23rd District House seat. Rubino has spent most of his career promoting American democratic values abroad, and his campaign says his skill set will be invaluable in these difficult times.

“Rebuilding and preserving our economy and regional treasures will require real leadership, creative ideas, and an understanding of what the stakes are,” said Old Lyme Selectman Mary Jo Nosal. “Dave is a successful small-business owner and lawyer. His wife is a teacher. He is navigating the distance-learning of two young children. He has decades of practical, real-world experience overcoming adversity, with positive outcomes that bring people together.”

Rubino’s campaign will focus on addressing the repercussions of the COVID-19 crisis while planning a future that keeps the area attractive to businesses and supports working families. He advocates for a minimum wage that can provide for a family, an overhaul of our toxic student debt system, a functioning and affordable public healthcare system, and environmental policies that reflect a realistic understanding of the risks and challenges we face. But these solutions, he says, will require true collaboration across the aisle.

“We can’t function with this level of polarization,” said Rubino. “Although I am a progressive Democrat, all of my international work has been bipartisan in nature, supported by funding from the Bush administration, then the Obama administration, and finally by the Trump administration. I have helped draft laws for various countries on issues of national and international import. I know how to bring people to the table when it counts.”

According to campaign manager Anna Reiter, “Dave believes in an inclusive democracy and an equitable economy. But first and foremost he’s a professional who knows how to get things done with integrity and leadership. He will stand up for our values. That’s what we need right now.”

“I’m proud to stand with someone whose values I believe in,” said former secretary of the state Miles Rapoport. “I have known Dave for years, and I’ve watched his work with great admiration. Dave has litigated national voting rights cases, fought against government corruption, supported the rights of women, and been effective on every issue he has worked on. He is just the kind of person we need in the Connecticut legislature in these challenging times.”

Dave will be funding his campaign via public financing through Connecticut’s Clean Elections Program. People wanting to help him can show their support by donating at www.rubino2020.com.


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