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Greenwich's John Blankley Announces Candidacy For State Senate

Greenwich Democrat John Blankley announced Monday he's running for the 36th State Senate district. It is composed of Greenwich and parts of Stamford and new Canaan.
Greenwich Democrat John Blankley announced Monday he's running for the 36th State Senate district. It is composed of Greenwich and parts of Stamford and new Canaan. Photo Credit: Contributed

GREENWICH, Conn. -- John Blankley of Greenwich is taking a shot at the state Senate.

The Greenwich Democrat announced Monday that he's running for the 36th State Senate district, which represents Greenwich and parts of Stamford and New Canaan.

“Connecticut faces unprecedented budget challenges and our district is being asked yet again to bear new burdens,” Blankley said Monday. “Quite simply, the 36th needs new representation in Hartford. I will focus on solutions drawn from my years of handling large budgets for major corporations and my job creation record as a small business owner and entrepreneur.”

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes of Greenwich praised Blankley’s decision to run.

“Having been active in Greenwich town government for the past several years, John knows the issues that concern the taxpayers in the 36th Senate District,” Himes said. “He will bring a much needed change to the way we are represented in Hartford.”

Blankley has served at the executive and board level for shipping, oil and gas, minerals, mining, chemical and technology businesses, including Stolt Tankers and Terminals and BP North America. He is currently the co-founder and CEO of Flagship Networks Inc., a computer consulting and systems integration company.

Blankley has a strong commitment to public service. He was elected to Greenwich’s Board of Estimate and Taxation in 2013, having previously served on the Representative Town Meeting.

He also serves on the Board of Managers of the St. Andrew’s Society of the State of New York, the state’s oldest charitable organization, and on the Executive Committee of the Greenwich Democratic Town Committee. He and his wife, Vera, have lived in Greenwich since 1983, and have three children and four grandchildren.

Currently, Republican L. Scott Frantz represents the 36th Senate District.

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