State Rep. DebraLee Hovey (R-112th) mingled with supporters as music from the band Rough Justice played at a rally at Leon and Cynthia Ambroseys' Monroe home on Thursday night. Hovey is seeking a sixth consecutive term representing Monroe and Newtown in Hartford.
During a short speech, Hovey alluded to the fact that she is not accepting public funds from the state for her reelection campaign.
"As you know, I don't take a penny from the taxpayers," she told the crowd. "You have to beat the bushes for me. Thank you Leon and Cindy for the fundraiser. Leon, though he's a Democrat, he's truly a good friend. My legacy as a state representative is that I'm non-partisan. And it's all about doing the right thing for Connecticut."
Leon Ambrosey said, "I think DebraLee, even though we don't agree on everything, she is very concerned for the town's well being. She's a true person."
Jeffrey Guttman, Monroe Republican Town Committee chairman, said, "It's a great event for DebraLee, especially since she isn't taking any public money whatsoever. We're very fortunate to have someone with her caliber and class to represent us up in Hartford and for everything she's done for Monroe and Newtown. We're all very proud of her and we couldn't ask for anything better."
On the Issues
Prior to her speech, Hovey told Patch she is a public servant, not a career politician. She said she wasn't going to run again when a couple of issues came up and she wanted to see them through.
Despite being in the minority party, Hovey said she works well with legislators across the aisle to get things done. In fact, after a bill she worked on allowing people and horses access to trails in state parks passed unanimously in the House was not put onto the docket in the Senate, Hovey said the majority party allowed it to be voted on in the special session.
Among the bills Hovey is proud of is a fertility bill making invitro fertilization a decision between a woman and her doctor. "If you're under the age of 40, you can skip A, B and C and go right to invitro," she said.
Hovey also touted a personal watercraft bill that she says improves safety for small children. Another bill she wants to pass would allow children born in prisons to bond with their mothers in a nursery.
"This is for the children, not the mothers," she said.
Hovey also wants to get rid of education mandates for towns who do not need it and to hold schools accountable to eliminate the student achievement gap.