Local social-justice activist and Hamden City Council member Justin Farmer submitted the following article about Tuesday’s Democratic primary for attorney general.
Over the past year, I have spent most of my time fighting the notion of being a politician. The connotations of being a politician usually imply that we are willing to wheel and deal to get stuff done, or that we haven’t actually “walked the walk.” However, Chris Mattei’s life of public service reminds me that it’s possible to be involved in politics without being a politician.
Out all the candidates that ask for my support, Chris is one of the few that spent time on multiple occasions to discuss how he would serve our communities. He not only talks the talk, but he spent time walking with me in my own neighborhood. From these conversations, we developed important policy ideas, such as a racial justice platform.
I know that when I discuss immigration, the school to prison pipeline, or the legalization of cannabis, that Chris understands these issues and how they impact our communities. I know that when my community was suffering from gun violence Chris was going after the traffickers that brought them to our doorsteps. I know that Chris has a track record of going after those in power who have taken advantage of the people’s trust – regardless of their political affiliation.
Over the last year, we’ve seen rollbacks from the White House and attacks on our friends, family, and communities. The attorney general can be the people’s lawyer to fight back against these policies coming from Washington, but more importantly, the Attorney General oversees 200 lawyers to deal with local issues like education cost sharing, going after the pharmaceutical companies that push drugs into our communities, going after ghost guns and online loopholes, protecting students from predatory lenders, and protecting the elderly from being defrauded.
So, on Aug.14 I’ll proudly mark my ballot for Row C for Chris Mattei for attorney general. I will not be just voting for an organizer or a lifelong public servant, but a friend that I’m proud to call the people’s lawyer.
Justin Farmer is a town councilman and majority whip representing Hamden’s 5th District.