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Rebekah for Newtown 2020
A candidacy built on a foundation of public service and community advocacy.
Thanks to overwhelming support from the town she calls home, Rebekah Harriman-Stites is honored and humbled to campaign as Newtown’s Democratic candidate for CT State Representative for the 106th district.
Rebekah’s candidacy is built on a foundation of public service, community advocacy, leadership, and resilience: moving Newtown forward, while preserving the quaint New England charm and character, and improving the quality of life for all residents.
Rebekah continues to volunteer her skills to move Newtown forward, while always mindful of preserving the quality of life and rural character of the town we all love. A familiar, ever present voice in the community, Rebekah recognizes several key points of concern brought up again and again by colleagues, friends, and neighbors, and is setting her sights on Hartford to help remedy these concerns:
Lack of economic development, abundant empty commercial real estate
Preserving Newtown’s quality of life and rural environment
Tax cuts and incentives for seniors
State-wide small business support
Affordable housing to keep empty nesters and first-time home buyers in town
Long overdue property tax reform
Supporting strong schools
Rebekah is committed to the responsibility that she represents the people of Newtown, and will make sure the investments residents make in their tax dollars are allocated appropriately and wisely, and ultimately benefit the town we all love.
A Proven Record of Public Service and Education Advocacy
Rebekah was elected to the Newtown Board of Education in 2015 and served on various committees, as well as the Board’s Vice-Chair, where she has been re-elected by an overwhelming majority ever since. She’s earned a reputation as a tenacious, thorough leader, working with BOE members, teachers and staff, administration, and families and students to make sure every student will thrive to the best of their ability, and the taxpayers dollars are equitably and responsibly managed.
Rebekah offers proven skills to get to work for Newtown in Hartford backed by first-hand insights and considerable experience, including leadership, strategic planning, project design and management, financial accountability, budgeting, and negotiation, to name a few.
A Champion for Economic Growth
Recently, Rebekah joined the team at Ann’s Place in Danbury, a Connecticut treasure providing free cancer support services to patients, families, and caregivers for Connecticut (and nearby New York) residents. As Director of Development, Rebekah is responsible for managing their diverse fundraising portfolio, growing planned giving strategies, expanding community outreach, and planning special event design and management.
As a successful small business owner and entrepreneur who initiated, grew, then sold her business, HK Consulting Group in 2018, Rebekah understands the needs of CT’s business owners first-hand. HK Consulting Group is a boutique fund development firm focused on building the resources and capacity of non-profit organizations and municipalities throughout the Northeast.
HK Consulting Group (2010-sold 2018)
Federal grant proposal, collectively raising over $35 million for Department of Housing and Urban Development, the National Endowment for the Arts, Department of Health and Human Services, and the Environmental Protection Agency and other state agencies throughout the Northeast (CT, MA, RI, NY)
Public relations and marketing services, including one-on-one training and support to start-up non-profit organizations
Local Advocacy: Rebekah at Work
Rebekah is also a founding member of the My Sandy Hook Family Fund, which raised over $1.5 million to directly assist the families of the victims of the December 14, 2012 shooting. Working with CT's federal delegation, the My Sandy Hook Family Fund was the only charity formed in response to the shooting able to distribute funds directly to the most impacted families. Rebekah was named a "Hero" by Money Magazine for her extraordinary work focusing on the financial well-being of others through the My Sandy Hook Family Fund. She was also recognized by the Fairfield County Business Journal as one of its top “40 Under 40” business leaders (2010).
Connecting Community for a Vibrant, Successful Newtown
Strong community goes hand in hand with strong business, and Rebekah recognizes strong relationships and strong networks develop strong communities. Rebekah chaired the Leadership Greater Bridgeport Board of Directors from 2015-2017, a leadership development and community engagement program of the Bridgeport Regional Business Council. Prior to serving as chair, she served as a board member for Leadership Greater Bridgeport for ten years. She was a founding board member for Newtown's EverWonder Children's Museum and served as President of the Parent Teacher Association at Middle Gate Elementary School. And she has been instrumental in advising and mentoring Connecticut businesses, non-profits, and community organizations on how best to move forward to success.
Rebekah is a graduate of Central CT State University with a degree in Social Work. Following graduation, Rebekah worked as a community organizer in Rhode Island, fighting for women’s reproductive rights and health care for all, and as a domestic violence counselor and a family violence victim advocate in the Bristol, CT court.
Rebekah for Newtown: Your Voice in Hartford
Rebekah is ready to represent all Newtown residents in Hartford. With priorities including economic growth, property tax revision, strong schools, transparent governing, and progress through collaboration, Rebekah will move our community forward with confidence. She’ll be part of the solution to eliminate legislative gridlock, and she’ll advocate for policies that directly benefit hardworking Newtown residents. Her door is open, and her heart is committed to Newtown’s prosperity.
Put Rebekah to Work for YOU
Relationship building across party lines
Strategic leadership to benefit constituents, clients, and communities
Effective communication to effectively represent wants and needs
Strategic action plans to implement goals
Metric analysis to measure success and failures – then adjust
15 years of fundraising, communications, and event planning experience
Municipal fundraising from state, local, and private funding sources a strategic asset for Newtown