Trumbull Democrat hope round three is the charm

TRUMBULL – Sujata Gadkar-Wilcox said she was determined to make a difference.

Gadkar-Wilcox, 42, a resident Democrat and Trumbull since 2005, announced she would be running for the third time to represent the 123rd House District. She has already run twice against incumbent Republican David Rutigliano, who beat Gadkar-Wilcox in 2020 and 2018. But, she says, she’s not giving up.

“I think enough people know me now to know that’s something I believe in,” Gadkar-Wilcox said. “(Getting involved in politics) is an ideal for me, because I think we have to do better.”

An associate professor of legal studies at Quinnipiac University, Gadkar-Wilcox specializes in constitutional, comparative and human rights law and has long believed that “politics can be inspirational.”

In addition to her work at Quinnipiac, she is a faculty member of the Oxford Consortium for Human Rights. In 2015, she received a Fulbright Prize for her constitutional studies.

Although she was beaten twice, Gadkar-Wilcox said she thought she was gaining ground. Indeed, Gadkar-Wilcox lost to Rutigliano by around 850 votes in 2018. But the 2020 race was closer, with Rutigliano winning by around 250 votes.

Rutigliano also announced he would run for the seat again, for what would be his fifth term if elected.

Gadkar-Wilcox said her primary goal is to set aside partisan politics and encourage people to work together to better their communities and Connecticut as a whole. Some of his major platform issues include term limits for officials, including representatives, senators and the governor.

Education is also a key issue, she said, and, if elected, she would like to review the education cost-sharing formula – the method the state has developed to distribute public funding. education.

“It’s affected towns like Trumbull in a way that’s really problematic,” she said.

Most importantly, Gadkar-Wilcox said, she wants the opportunity to serve her state and district.

“That’s politics,” she said. “It’s about coming together and determining where there are opportunities for reform.”