Connecticut Fraternal Order of Police Endorses Toni Boucher for State Senate

September 19, 2022

“We urge all citizens living in southwestern CT to join us in voting for Toni Boucher to bring about a safer CT.”

Toni Boucher, candidate for the State Senate in the 26th District, has received the endorsement of the Connecticut Fraternal Order of Police.  The 26th Senate District includes Wilton, Westport, Weston, Redding and parts of Ridgefield, New Canaan, Darien and Stamford. 

“It is our honor as members of the Connecticut State Fraternal Order of Police to endorse Toni Boucher,” said Sgt. John Krupinsky of the Connecticut State Fraternal Order of Police. “As the 26th District’s new state senator, Toni will be a friend of law enforcement. We urge all citizens living in southwestern Connecticut to join us in voting for Toni Boucher to bring about a safer Connecticut.”

“I am humbled by this endorsement and am truly grateful to the Connecticut State Fraternal Order of Police for their support of my campaign to become our region’s next state senator,” Boucher said. “Creating a safer Connecticut is my priority. Supporting our dedicated men and women in law enforcement is my priority.

“As a mother and a grandmother who loves public service and helping others, I want to get off the sidelines and get back involved in improving Connecticut. I am asking for the support of Democrats, Independents, Republicans and Unaffiliated voters because I know I can help to make our state more affordable and safer. I will do that by listening and building bipartisan coalitions to pass solutions which improve the quality of life for people of all ages across Connecticut.”

Boucher said she would have voted “no” on the “police accountability” bill which took away qualified immunity and tied the hands of police. Law enforcement is now prevented from pursuing repeat offenders and penalties have been removed for wrongdoing. As a result, previously safe neighborhoods are no longer safe. “Some of my neighbors have had their cars vandalized and surrounding towns have had vehicles stolen on multiple occasions.” Boucher said. The legislation has been broadly criticized for having a negative impact on police recruitment across the state.

 “The Democrat, Republican, Independent and Unaffiliated voters I listen to every day want safer streets,” Boucher said. “Many of them do not feel safe when they are pumping gas or loading groceries into their vehicles. I hear them loud and clear, and as state senator I will take that message to our State Capitol.”

Boucher served as 26th District State Senator from 2008 to 2019 and as a State Representative from 1997 to 2008. She has served as a State Board of Education member, a local Board of Education chair, and a local Selectman.

Boucher has also been the past recipient of the endorsements of both of Connecticut’s municipal and state police unions:  The Connecticut State Police Union, which represents members of the state’s police force, and the AFSCME Council 15 of the AFL-CIO, which represents thousands of law enforcement officers from dozens of Connecticut communities. Election Day is Nov. 8.  To learn more about Toni and how to volunteer, visit www.ToniBoucher.com.