Posted on September 14, 2021
Hartford – State Representative Jason Perillo (R-113) and his seven other colleagues on the Legislature’s Reappointment Committee are hard at work accommodating recent changes in the state’s population. The committee is tasked with realigning legislative districts as a result of the 2020 census’ results.
Representative Perillo is the only Shelton legislator to serve on the committee in state history. The committee is bi-partisan and is made up of the General Assembly’s four caucuses, each receiving two appointments. State legislators are required by the U.S. and Connecticut constitution to repeat this process every 10 years, the committee will soon become a Commission, which will be served by leaders and their deputies. Perillo will serve on the Commission with House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora (R-North Branford).
“Representative Perillo is among the most experienced legislators not just within our caucus, but the whole General Assembly. His ability to deconstruct complex issues has provided him countless opportunities to work with legislators throughout the state from both sides of the aisle, and through those experiences he’s developed a rich understanding of the issues, needs and people within our many unique communities,” Candelora said. “I couldn’t imagine choosing anyone else but Jason to help lead our state’s redistricting project, and it’s abundantly clear that he’s taken great pride in doing this critical work on behalf of his constituents in Shelton and residents throughout Connecticut.”
Perillo is also joined on the Committee by State Senator Kevin Kelly (R-Stratford). Kelly serves as co-chair of the Committee and represents Shelton, as well. “With Kevin and I both serving on the Committee, Shelton is at the center of the state redistricting effort. This is a good thing for the region,” Perillo said. “We take this very seriously with equity and fairness as the number one goal.”
“Redistricting is something that we only do once every 10 years, but nonetheless it’s very important work in the whole entire aspect of our democracy,” said State Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly, co-chairman of the Reapportionment Committee. “It’s really the process by which we make sure that the one vote – the strength of that vote – is maintained, and to make sure that fairness and equality reigns throughout the process.”
According to state and federal law, districts must be redrawn based on population shifts so each person’s vote to carries equal importance. The deadline for the General Assembly to adopt a redistricting plan is September 15. In advance of this deadline, the public has had opportunities to voice their opinions at multiple in-person events, including one on Monday, September 13th which was held at Shelton City Hall at 1:00 p.m.