DANBURY — State. Sen. Julie Kushner, D-Danbury, has announced she is running for a second term.

Kushner, who defeated Republican longtime incumbent Mike McLachlan in November 2018, represents the 24th District, which includes Bethel, Danbury, New Fairfield and Sherman.

In her first term, she pushed to raise the minimum wage and for the creation of a Paid Family and Medical Leave program. She also supported gun safety legislation and the statewide ban on plastic bags, among other policies.

“Serving the residents of Danbury, Bethel, Sherman, and New Fairfield as State Senator has been so rewarding,” Kushner said in a statement. “In my first term, we were able to come together in support of legislation, like paid family and medical leave, that will help thousands of working families in our district and across the state. I'm proud to run for re-election to continue our work together on public education, the environment, affordable healthcare and prescription drugs.”

Kushner serves as Senate Chair of the General Assembly’s Labor and Public Employees Committee, Senate Vice Chair of the Environment Committee, and a member of the Appropriations, Education, Housing, and Executive & Legislative Nominations committees.