Pro-choice Candidates Sweep To Victory At Highest Levels Of State Government


November 4, 2010

WEST HARTFORD — NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut PAC announced significant gains for women’s reproductive rights in the state after Tuesday’s general election. Seventy-three percent of PAC-endorsed candidates in the legislature were victorious, and all six of Connecticut’s newly elected Constitutional Officers are pro-choice: Dan Malloy (Governor), Nancy Wyman (Lieutenant Governor), George Jepsen (Attorney General), Denise Merrill (Secretary of State), Denise Nappier (Treasurer), and Kevin Lembo (Comptroller).

"Connecticut is a beacon of light in the national movement for women’s reproductive freedom. Bucking national trends, Connecticut voters flatly refused to elect a single person to the upper echelons of state government who did not support a women’s right to choose” said Cari Pierdes, NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut PAC Chair. 

In even more good news for pro-choice advocates, Connecticut’s newly elected U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal is a dedicated supporter of women’s reproductive rights, and pro-choice Congressmen Jim Himes and Chris Murphy were re-elected.

"I congratulate the newly elected pro-choice legislators in Connecticut for unequivocally and publicly supporting a women’s right to choose during their campaigns.” said Pierdes. "No doubt about it: abortion was a central issue in several key races—including the Governor’s race. Voters have sent a clear message to their state leaders that abortion rights cannot be compromised.”

NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut PAC-endorsed candidates were victorious in 47 out of 64 races (73%) while candidates endorsed by the state’s most virulently anti-choice state PAC were successful in only 55% of theirs.

For a complete list of NARAL Pro-Choice CT-endorsed candidates and the results of their races, click here.


NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut PAC is non-partisan, and endorsement is given only to those candidates who have requested endorsement and who are deemed by the PAC to be 100% pro-choice.

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Rob joined GPS in June 2014, and brings his knowledge of graphic design, photography, social media and other digital media to the firm. Before joining the team, Rob worked as a freelancer for various businesses and organizations in the Greater Hartford area including The Open Hearth Association, Charter Oak Cultural Center, Center for Higher Education Retention Excellence (CHERE) and the West Hartford Summer Arts Festival. Kavaler has designed logos, event programs, brochures, newsletters, posters and other collateral materials. He has photographed events including news conferences, public hearings, concerts, theatrical performances and dance showcases. As a creative person he is always looking for a new challenge, enjoys working closely with clients and strives for the best quality in his work. Rob graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University with a B.A. in Visual Arts, with a concentration in Digital Art & Design and a minor in Communication.