State Rep. Bryan Hurlburt has opened his 2012 election headquarters in the historic Willington Mill Works building.
Hurlburt, a Democrat, is running for re-election to the state legislature in the 53rd Assembly District which includes the towns of Ashford, Tolland and Willington.
The Hurlburt 2012 team occupies suite 2102. The headquarters phone number is 860-729-2235.
A grand opening will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18.
The Willington Mill Works complex is located at 156 River Road (Route 32).
Rep. Hurlburt is using his Facebook and Twitter accounts as his online campaign sites. His page on Facebook is Bryan Hurlburt for State Representative and on Twitter it is @bryanhurlburt .
Hurlburt plans to reach out to residents personally by going door-to-door, as well as sending issue mailings and making phone calls.
“If you see me out in the community, please say hello,” he said. “It’s important that everyone who wants to share their opinions and concerns gets to do so on a personal basis – that’s my goal.”
Hurlburt has served in the General Assembly since 2006. His Republican challenger is Christine Vincent, who has served on the Tolland Board of Education for seven years.
The Willington Mill Works building, whose construction began in 1860, was originally home to the Gardner Hall, Jr. Company, maker of spooled threads from 1860-1954. The industry heritage of the company was adopted into Willington’s official town seal in 1919.
The building has been owned and managed by the Buccino family since 1962, and has served as home over the years to a variety of businesses ranging from manufacturing, research and development, retail, professional offices and art studios.
Building occupancy is currently at 98 percent, up from a recession low of 6 percent just two years ago.
Hurlburt said he is excited about the location of the headquarters because of its history and because it is a convenient location for residents of all three district towns to visit.
“This is a perfect spot to work on this year’s election effort and I encourage anyone interested in joining us to stop by, even if it is to just say ‘Hi,’ discuss some issues or to check out this beautiful historic building,” he said.
Hurlburt is a lifelong Tolland resident, and a graduate of Tolland High School and the University of Connecticut. Before his election to the legislature in 2006, he served on the Tolland Town Council.
Posted September 17, 2012 based on a press release
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