Rebekah Harriman-Stites has been a Newtown resident for 17 years. She lives in the town she loves with her husband, Chris, and their 12-year-old son, Fisher. As the Democratic candidate for CT State Representative for the 106th district, Rebekah is prepared to be Newtown’s voice in Hartford.
A Proven Record of Public Service and Education Advocacy
Rebekah’s candidacy is built on a foundation of public service and community advocacy--and as the parent of a Newtown Public School student, she believes maintaining strong schools are a top priority. She was elected to the Newtown Board of Education in 2015 and named the Board’s Vice-Chair in 2017. She’ll represent Newtown in Hartford backed by first-hand insights and considerable committee experience, including:
Chair, Policy Committee (current)
Member, District Safety Committee (current)
Member, Contract Negotiation Committee (current)
Chair, CIP/Finance Committee Chair (2017)
Chair, Superintendent Search Committee (2017)
Rebekah is also the founder of Newtown Forward, a grassroots non-partisan advocacy group that educates, empowers and enables residents of Newtown to transform ideas into action. From organizing volunteer phone banks to coordinating communications to our legislators, Rebekah and Newtown Forward members make a collective impact on our town’s environment, communities, policies, and political processes.
Rebekah believes in advocating for positive change with transparency. She served as Candidate's Committee Chair for Newtown’s Democratic Town Committee, responsible for recruiting candidates for municipal office and boards and commissions.
In addition to her multiple community engagements, Rebekah--together with Chris--are active volunteers with Newtown Youth Wrestling Association and Newtown Youth Lacrosse, two community sports organizations in which their son participates.
A Champion for Economic Growth
Rebekah understands the needs of CT’s business owners first-hand. She’s the co-founder and Chief Development Officer of HK Consulting Group, a boutique fund development firm focused on building the resources and capacity of non-profit organizations and municipalities throughout the Northeast.
Having founded the company in 2010, Rebekah brings 15 years of fundraising, communications, and event planning experience to Hartford on Newtown’s behalf. Her keen dexterity with municipal fundraising from state, local, and private funding sources will be a strategic asset for Newtown. Her accomplishments include:
Federal grant proposals, including those to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the National Endowment for the Arts, Department of Health and Human Services, and the Environmental Protection Agency--which collectively netted over $35 million in funding for her clients.
Public relations and marketing services, including one-on-one training and support to start-up nonprofit organizations.
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 at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Working with CT's federal delegation, the My Sandy Hook Family Fund was the only charity formed in response to the shooting that was able to distribute funds directly to the most impacted families.
A Nationally Recognized Leader
Rebekah’s positive impact on Newtown and our region is noted beyond our borders. In 2014, Rebekah was named a "Hero" by Money Magazine for her extraordinary work benefiting the financial well-being of others through the My Sandy Hook Family Fund. In 2010, she was recognized by the Fairfield County Business Journal as one of its top “40 Under 40” business leaders.
In addition to strengthening her community and leading a business, 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.
Rebekah is a graduate of Central CT State University with a degree in Social Work. Following her graduation in 2000, Rebekah worked as a community organizer in Rhode Island, fighting for women’s reproductive rights and health care for all. Additionally, she has worked as a domestic violence counselor and a family violence victim advocate in the Bristol, CT court.
Rebekah Harriman-Stites: Your Voice in Hartford
Rebekah is ready to be Newtown’s voice in Hartford. With priorities including strong schools, economic growth, 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.