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Mae Flexer

Representing Brooklyn, Canterbury, Killingly, Mansfield, Putnam, Scotland, Thompson & Windham

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Statement from Flexer on SEEC Decision on Childcare Costs

Statement from Senator Mae Flexer (D-Killingly), Senate Chair of the Government Administration & Elections Committee, on today’s decision by the State Elections Enforcement Commission on childcare costs as a campaign expenditure.

“Today’s decision by the State Elections Enforcement Commission that candidates considering running for office cannot use the Citizens Election Program to cover childcare costs is disappointing. This ruling is a barrier that discourages – and in some cases prevents – parents from running for public office and disproportionately affects women. Women currently make up less than a third of the General Assembly and decisions like this don’t help to increase that number. Parents bring a critical perspective and voice to elected office and we should be doing everything we can to reduce the obstacles they may face if they are considering to run. I’m eager to take on this issue in the legislature. As co-Chair of the Government Administration & Elections Committee, I will work with my colleagues to ensure that language is put in a bill that will state that childcare is a permitted campaign expenditure.”

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