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 * Scientist * Educator * Mom * Activist *  

 A new kind of leader for the 17th District 

I will bring compassionate, bold, and progressive leadership

 to Hartford serving Hamden, Woodbridge, Bethany, Derby, Ansonia, Beacon Falls, and Naugatuck.  



Saturday, May 12, 2018 7:03 AM

#teamValerie is growing every day!

Valerie Horsley, Democratic candidate for the 17th District Senate seat, announced today that she has received the endorsement of over 20 political and community leaders in the 17th District, which includes Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Derby, Hamden, Naugatuck, and Woodbridge.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 10:00 AM

Leaders from across the district endorse Valerie!

Valerie has been endorsed by leaders from across the 17th District, including State Representatives Robyn Porter (Hamden/New Haven) and Linda Gentile (Derby/Ansoina)! 


For an up-to-date list of Valerie's endorsements, click here!

Saturday, April 28, 2018 2:54 PM

Valerie speaks at District 17 Forums!

In the last week, Valerie has appeared in two forums with other candidates running to represent District 17. At each event, they answered questions from moderators and the audience on a wide range of issues that affect the District and Connecticut. 

In Derby, Valerie spoke about the importance of transportation, especially the Waterbury rail line, in energizing the Valley economically. She also spoke about her plans to champion education and environmental conservation.

In Hamden, she spoke about her past experiences in advocacy that brought her to run for the state Senate, as well as her desire to see Connecticut implement policies to support working families. Here's a video of her talking about one of those policies: paid family leave. 


Tuesday, April 10, 2018 4:21 PM

Horsley Campaign Surpasses CEP Threshold!

From Valerie -- 

I’m overwhelmed by the support I’ve received from friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, and fellow activists for my campaign for State Senate. The large number of small donations we have received from across the CT Senate district 17 is a measure of broad public support for my campaign.

I am proud today to announce that our campaign to represent the hard-working families of Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Derby, Hamden, Naugatuck, and Woodbridge has raised twice as much money as the Republican incumbent, George Logan, and also outraised the other Democratic contenders. In this quarterly filing, our campaign posted $17,675 in donations. My campaign has 450 donations, which far exceeds my competitors. All candidates received an average of about $35 in donations.

The amount raised by my campaign exceeds the public financing threshold for the Citizens’ Election Program, unlocking $35,000 in campaign grants for the primary, and $85,000 in grants for the general election. We will file the requisite paperwork with the State Elections Enforcement Commission to apply for our public financing grant.

Together we will #moveCTforward!

Monday, April 9, 2018 12:00 AM

One Year After the March for Science, Dozens of Scientists are Running in State, Local Elections

As a biology professor at Yale, Valerie Horsley has commanded the attention of students in lecture halls. But on April 22, 2017, she stood in front of a far larger crowd—3,000 people—as one of the organizers of the New Haven March for Science. “It might have been the quietest march I’ve ever been to,” said Horsley. “I don’t know if scientists just aren’t used to screaming on the streets.”


“There was this moment during the science march when I had the microphone, and I had the ability to influence thousands of people,” she said. “I could keep being a professor. I could keep running my activist organization. Or I could hold the mic.”

Valerie for CT, Approved by Valerie Horsley.
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