Last year, I spent six days in August walking across the state, seeing Connecticut in a new way, and hearing from constituents about the issues that matter most to them.
Today, I laced up my same pair of sneakers and hit the road again. The route is new — I’m starting in Killingly and ending in Danbury — but the goal is the same: to meet people where they are, to listen to their stories, and to hear directly from the folks who sent me to Washington about what they want me to be doing there.
I’m walking for five days, 108 miles, through 22 towns. I hope you’ll follow along for all of it. Here’s a recap of my first day on the road:
After the tragic events that unfolded in Charlottesville this weekend, I was looking forward to getting out on the road and talking to people face to face and hear how they were feeling.
It just so happened that there was a demonstration planned in solidarity with Charlottesville on the way to my town hall in Willimantic. I was able to stop by, talk to the crowd, and hear from people one-on-one.
Yesterday’s events reminded us that racism, anti-Semitism and homophobia are tragically alive and well in this country. The moral arc does not bend toward justice on its own. It will take each and every one of us speaking out and acting — not just in Washington but right here at home — to create the kind of country we want to live in.
Hearing from constituents is the single most important part of my job. Folks tonight brought up so many issues that are weighing on their minds — some of them I’ve worked on extensively, and some of them are new to me. Some of the questions tonight allowed me to talk about the things I’ve helped accomplish in my four years in the Senate, but so many of them illustrated just how much work there is to do.
People put their trust in me when they sent me to Washington. It’s a responsibility I don’t take lightly. Town hall meetings like the one tonight help me make sure that I’m honoring that responsibility.
50,679 steps later and day one is officially over. I can’t wait to do it all again tomorrow in Columbia, Hebron, Marlborough, East Hampton, and Portland.