Why I’m Running

I’m ready to represent the 149th.

Elect Kathleen Stowe

I want the opportunity to advocate for my community.

We are living in a new world, and it will require thoughtful and collaborative decisions to be made in Connecticut. We will have to balance the recovery from this pandemic between our personal safety and the health of our economy. With my track record of managing businesses, I will work to find efficiencies while investing in strategies to create jobs to retain and attract new families and corporations to Connecticut. We already have an influx of new families in our neighborhoods. I want to encourage them to stay, to invest and build their lives here and more people and businesses to follow.

My career experience, energy, and dedication to our community will make me valuable as a state representative. I have spent two decades in finance, first as an investment banker at Salomon/Citigroup, and then in private equity where I invested in and grew multiple businesses while serving on corporate boards. Currently, I am helping my father grow Jordan & Jordan, a financial technology business. My deep understanding of finance will help me manage our state budget, and my track record of growing companies in various economic cycles means that I know what it takes to attract and retain businesses in our state.

We love our neighborhood for its sense of community.

My husband and I are raising our three children in the North Greenwich/North Stamford area. We love our neighborhood for its sense of community, open and protected space, wonderful schools, and relatively low taxes. We are fortunate to be at the nexus of four loving grandparents — my husband’s family has been in Connecticut since the 1600s and I grew up nearby in Westchester. My own community engagement started as a class parent at Round Hill Nursery School. When my children moved to Parkway Elementary School, I was the class parent and class parent organizer for many years. My love of sports led me into coaching t-ball, and eventually I graduated to coaching baseball and softball. Additionally, for the past five years, I have served on the Board of the Northeast Greenwich Association, where we focus on quality of life issues for our community.

In 2017, I decided to run for the Board of Education. I have always been a strong believer in the value of public education. My three children had been enjoying the public schools and I sought to continue to improve the experience for all our students and families, believing my financial and management experience would be valuable to keep a tight rein on our budget. I now have multiple leadership roles on the Board of Education and we have accomplished much in the last three years, but what I have learned most is working with colleagues to build consensus regardless of political ideologies. That is a vital skill to have in Hartford.

With my track record of managing businesses, my experience in government and my first-hand understanding of local families, I will bring the right skills and perspective to the job. We need to nurture our communities by growing our economy, protecting our open spaces and enhancing our local schools, while maintaining our fiscal discipline. I hope you will join in supporting my candidacy for State Representative for the 149th.