Journal Inquirer

May 20, 2016


MANCHESTER — Rep. Kelly J.S. Luxenberg, D-Manchester, was unanimously endorsed Thursday to run for a second term in the 12th House District, entirely in Manchester.


In the 2014 general election, she received 61.6 percent, or 4,186, of 6,697 votes against Republican Rusty Meek.


Luxenberg ran in place of her husband, Geoff, who stepped down from the seat.

Democrat John Topping, who is running on the Republican ticket, will oppose Luxenberg for the 12th House seat.


In her first term, Luxenberg advocated for residents with crumbling foundations, worked to ensure construction funding for Waddell School, and sought to keep state aid flat despite a state budget crisis, Tim Bergin said in nominating the incumbent representative.


Bergin praised Luxenberg for supporting paid family medical leave and fighting until an exemption on sales tax was applied to certain children’s products.


“I’m looking forward to running a positive, issues-focused campaign and getting out to talk to voters about my record of advocating for the things that are most important to Manchester’s working families and how we can work together in future,” Luxenberg said earlier this week.


Luxenberg’s committee assignments focus on elders, children, and labor and public employees.


At Thursday’s convention, Luxenberg discussed the lessons learned during her first term and how those experiences will support her going forward.


“I am proud to be a Democrat in Manchester, and I know that distinction is not about the “D” next to my name, but it’s about the things that I believe I — that we — believe in,” she said. “It’s never about toeing the party line, but it’s about representing the things that are most important to us as a community.”