Former Chair of the Planning and Zoning Commission Quentin Phipps has joined the race to replace Matt Lesser in the Connecticut State House of Representatives. Councilman Bob Santangelo is also running for the seat.
The 100th District encompasses downtown, and the southern and eastern portion of our city.
From Phipps' Facebook announcement:
City of Middletown City Treasurer and lifelong resident, Quentin “Q” Phipps today announced his candidacy for the Connecticut State House of Representatives in the 100th district. This seat is being vacated by five-term State Representative Matt Lesser.
“Middletown has always been my home and I’m passionate about our community. I’ve been afforded so many educational and career opportunities in Middletown, and I’m eager to work hard to ensure the resources I’ve been granted are attainable for everyone. During my campaign I want to hear from Middletown residents about the issues that affect them the most. I’m dedicated to working collaboratively with our community to forge creative and pragmatic solutions to help make all our neighborhoods more equitable places to live, work, and thrive.”
Phipps is a graduate of the Middletown Public School system and Bryant University. Phipps serves as Director of Advocacy and Policy for Excellence Community Schools. In this role, “Q” works as a school liaison, recruiting students, and empowering families through advocacy, community organizing, and strategic partnering.
Phipp’s civic and community leadership involvement includes: State of Connecticut Justice of the Peace, Community Foundation of Middlesex County Live Local Give Local 365 Fund, Middlesex Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Alliance Steering Committee, Middlesex Substance Abuse Action Council Board of Directors, Middlesex United Way Board of Directors, Middletown Racial Justice Coalition Steering Committee, and Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater Board of Directors.