[Video] Democrats nominate Berger-Girvalo for House seat

Ridgefield Democrats nominated Aimee Berger-Girvalo as their candidate for the 111th district in Connecticut’s House of Representatives Thursday night.

Berger-Girvalo will challenge John Frey, the Republican incumbent who has held the seat since 1999, in November’s election.

“I’m really excited about moving forward and communicating with the community, and finding out what Ridgefield needs,” Berger-Girvalo told The Press Thursday, May 24, shortly after her speech accepting the nomination.

“I’m not scared, I’m optimistic,” she added.

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A local organizer for the Women’s March, Berger-Girvalo worked with Jessica Mancini — who has served on the town Board of Finance since 2011 — to provide four buses for more than 200 people to attend the Women’s March on Washington D.C. in January 2017.

She also organized buses to this year’s anniversary March on Washington in January, which was held in New York City, as well as to protests against gun violence held in Hartford as part of the March for Our Lives movement — a national event that was also organized by the Women’s March.

Asked whether organizing for the March helped her want to campaign for state office, Berger-Girvalo said she thinks it “prepared me in that I am very comfortable reaching out to people and finding out what they want.”

“But it also taught me that I can’t make assumptions about their desires. Because people surprise you,” Berger-Girvalo added.

'Change needs to take place'

First Selectman Rudy Marconi, who Berger-Girvalo called a “role model” in her nomination speech, praised Berger-Girvalo for her “dedication,” and her willingness to listen to people.

“Change needs to take place, and we have that opportunity tonight, ladies and gentlemen. We have an opportunity to put someone in Hartford who cares about us, cares about the state, and cares about people and doing the right thing,” Marconi said.

“I think we have a wonderful candidate here tonight. She has her family here, and I said [earlier] … how important family is, and understanding that unit, and how we work together. That experience — that you have a lot of experience at — and sharing those responsibilities with your spouse, is a strength that I think will bring you forward.”

Marconi said he would support her “in any way [she] needs.”

“We need someone who cares about Ridgefield,” he added.