Enfield GOP set to honor Bob Hendrickson as Republican of the Year
Enfield’s Republican Town Committee will recognize active member and a 2022 legislative candidate, Bob Hendrickson as its Enfield Republican of the Year. Honors will be bestowed this Friday evening at the annual Lincoln Day Dinner gathering of Connecticut’s 7th Senatorial communities.
“Bob Hendrickson is a huge asset to our local Republican party and the Enfield community,” said Kelly Hemmeler, Enfield’s Republican Town Committee chairperson. “Bob got involved with the ERTC and quickly set about to understand the mission of the organization and the opportunities that exist to participate in Enfield’s local government and elections.”
Hemmeler continued, “Bob Hendrickson has helped candidates, he’s contributed his opinions and passions to the public dialog, he’s volunteered to serve as a municipal official, and stepped-up enthusiastically last year to understand the broader issues in at the State House and to running for the General Assembly’s 58th District seat himself. Enfield residents are lucky to have a citizen like Bob Hendrickson committed to making their neighborhoods better places to live and prosper.”
Hendrickson is currently an appointed member of the Enfield Wetlands Commission. He is a former store director of Shop Rite, and worked in Enfield for more than two decades before moving into the community fifteen years ago. Hendrickson and his wife, Kathie, have two grown children, and he now operates his own small business and volunteers with the Enfield Food Shelf.
“Whether Bob is amongst his family or working with us on civic activities what speaks loud and clear to me is this man’s sincerity and genuine care to make a positive difference”, Hemmeler added.
The 7th Senatorial Lincoln Day Dinner celebrates the Republicans of the Year from East Granby, East Windsor, Enfield, Granby, Somers, Suffield, Windsor and Windsor Locks.
Previous Republican of the Year honorees from Enfield, in order since 2001: Mary Ann Turner, Roger Olsen, Priscilla McManus, Bill Lee, Yvonne Prestwich, Bill Ballard, Scott Kaupin, Jo Marie Nelson, Bob Tkacz, David Wawer, Jason Jones, Dominc Alaimo, Chuck Johnson, Kelly Hemmeler, Walter Kruzel, Donna Sczewczek, Tom Sirard, Chris Rutledge, Joe Bosco Linda Degray, Marie Pyzner, Ken Nelson.
CONTACTS: Bob Hendrickson, 860-372-6018 Kelly Hemmeler, 860-543-3257
State and Federal Candidates
Bob Stefanowski has built a career rooted in accountability, leadership, and humility; and a family grounded in faith, honesty, and respect. As an executive and global business leader, Bob took on challenging assignments and created a culture of transparency, fairness, and accountability. Bob will do the same in the state government: he will get Connecticut working for the people again, not political insiders. Beyond his business experience, Bob has been involved in community organizations throughout Connecticut for decades, including his service on the Board of Directors of the Cardinal Shehan Center in Bridgeport. In 2020, Bob and Amy co-founded and launched “Masks for Heroes” to help the state fight COVID-19 during the early stages of the pandemic when PPE was in dire need.
State Representative Laura Devlin (R-134) has worked to serve others and give back to our communities throughout her life. While her career initially took her to the Big Apple, Laura’s roots were in Fairfield. She followed in her father’s entrepreneurial footsteps and started her own communications firm in Connecticut. Laura Devlin understands the devastating effects of the state’s fiscal mismanagement on our families – constant state tax hikes, lack of affordability, and a breakdown of trust in government spending. So Laura went to work to improve things in Hartford, where she has won against the most formidable odds in the fight for affordability, public safety, openness, and transparency.
A lifelong resident of New Haven county, Connecticut is home for Dominic Rapini. Now in his 25th year in Apple, Inc.’s Consumer Electronics Division, Dominic has enjoyed a successful career and has been named Salesperson of the Year twice. In 2018, Dominic ran unsuccessfully for US Senate as a first-time candidate. On election night, Dominic was dismayed by stories of wet ballots, missing ballots, magically appearing ballots, and late floods of election day registrations pushing poll closings far past the state-mandated 8:00 pm deadline, followed by very late reporting of results from our major cities. All of which fueled suspicion and mistrust of the results. A principled conservative, Dominic Rapini will continue his fight for election integrity as Connecticut’s next Secretary of the State.
Attorney Jessica Kordas of Norwalk has had a dynamic career in law and has earned the reputation of a meticulously prepared and diligent advocate. Kordas has managed large-scale criminal defense and life-altering injury litigation along with negotiating and drafting agreements dividing a variety of complex income and asset structures – critical skills and experience to be an effective Attorney General. While this is Kordas’ first attempt at elective office, this is not her first foray into the political arena. In addition to being a member of the Norwalk Republican Town Committee, Jessica became involved in public debate over the operation of our public schools during the pandemic, arguing that the government overstepped its authority in minimizing parents’ roles in raising their children.
State Representative Harry Arora (R-151) has over 25 years of experience in investment management and running a successful business in Greenwich. Five years ago, Harry left a successful career in investment management to run for office. He is not a career politician. But since being elected to the Connecticut State House, he has fought tirelessly for his constituents. His faith motivates him to serve as a politician. Arora is focused on listening to the people of Connecticut and is driven to solve the tough problems that stand in our way.
Mary M. Fay, a resident of West Hartford for 19 years, is a Financial Services Senior Executive. She has held several senior business leadership roles, including Senior Vice President and General Manager of Sun Life Financial. Mary has also been Senior Vice President of GE Capital and Senior Vice President of ING. Active in her community, Mary is a three-term member of West Hartford’s Town Council. Mary’s fierce independence and integrity will provide greater transparency and bring efficiencies to the comptroller’s office. Fay is committed to restoring integrity, tightening financial controls, increasing efficiency, and improving the accuracy of reporting and forecasting.
Leora Levy is a principled political outsider fighting for Connecticut families. Leora has represented Connecticut Republicans on the national level as our Republican National Committeewoman since 2016 and spearheaded the effort to establish an RNC Hispanic & African American Engagement Center in New Britain earlier this year, one of the first in the country. Leora was born in Havana, Cuba, and escaped Castro’s Communist Revolution with her family in 1960. Leora’s life has been an American Dream; she wants the same opportunity for every American! She was honored to be nominated by President Donald Trump to be the US Ambassador to Chile in October of 2019, and he endorsed her campaign for United States Senate. She has helped Republicans in Connecticut and nationwide for over forty years and has served on the Finance Committees for the RNC, the NRSC, and the NRCC. Leora’s first priorities when she gets to Washington will be to cut wasteful spending, reduce taxes, helping to make life affordable again for CT families again. Leora will work to eliminate burdensome regulations that crush small businesses ability to start, grow and expand; her plan includes expanding opportunity zones in CT. Leora will stop the invasion at our southern border and as a mother will always stand up for parental rights, medical freedom, the Second Amendment, law enforcement, and the lives of babies in the womb.
State Representative Mike France (R-42) is currently serving his fourth term as State Representative representing the 42nd District, which includes most of Ledyard, all of Preston, and a portion of the Uncasville and Oakdale sections of Montville. Following graduation from the University of Southern California, he served as the Damage Control Assistant in USS MARS (AFS 1) and the Combat System Officer/Navigator in USS REEVES (CG 24), completing three Indian Ocean/Persian Gulf deployments in support of Operation Desert Storm and Operation Southern Watch. As chair of the Connecticut General Assembly Conservative Caucus, Mike leads the charge in bringing the principles of limited government, economic freedom, and individual liberty back to Connecticut. These are the values that Mike will bring as the next representative of Connecticut’s 2nd District.
Members of the Enfield Republican Town Committee come from all walks of life and are active in the community.
In addition to promoting our values and ideals, they can be found volunteering all over Enfield and Connecticut.
To keep up-to-date on all that we’re doing in addition to what’s going on around Enfield and Connecticut, you can also follow us on Facebook and YouTube. To learn how and to learn more about the Committee… including how you can get involved, please click here.
Are You Interested in Joining the Republican Party, the Original Rebels?