“I find Bob to be a person of intelligence, integrity, and grit.”
I find Bob to be a person of intelligence, integrity, and grit. He has good values, he educates himself about the issues, and he is personable enough to get things done. We need someone like Bob in the Connecticut legislature. I fully support him.
Mary von Dorster, Member, Groton Democratic Town Committee
“As our state senator, Bob would bring creative solutions to our toughest
challenges and work tirelessly for the citizens of southeastern CT.”
I've known Bob for almost 15 years and greatly admire the passion and determination he brings to everything he does. Bob doesn't shy away from a challenge and knows how to get the job done - which is exactly what we need from our legislators in Hartford right now. I was impressed with Bob's leadership and resourcefulness when he co-led the initiative in Stonington to revise the town charter. As our state senator, Bob would bring creative solutions to our toughest challenges and work tirelessly for the citizens of southeastern CT.
Mike Fauerbach, member of the Stonington Board of Finance
“He served America; he'll serve Connecticut.”
I retired from the U.S. Air Force after serving 28 years of combined active duty, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard service. For several of those years, I had the pleasure of supervising Bob as an Air National Guard JAG (Judge Advocate - military lawyer). He volunteered for difficult duty in Bosnia during a period of conflict and also served with distinction back home in the Connecticut Air National Guard. His patriotism, dedication, care for others, and legal skills will serve our State well in the Connecticut State Senate. He served America; he'll serve Connecticut. I am proud to support him.
Robert L. Marconi, Lt. Colonel, U.S. Air Force Reserve, JAG Corps (Retired)
“Most important, he will be one of us, representing all of us.”
Bob Statchen is the face I want to represent the Democratic Party in the 21st Century. He is an accomplished lawyer, has trained cadets at the USCG Academy and has years of experience working with small businesses to help them achieve their goals. He serves the State and Country with honor in the Air National Guard. With three kids and a record of service in his community, Bob brings to the table a well-rounded character with integrity, intelligence and respect. He has what it takes to challenge a strong Republican incumbent. He won't need to rely on the blue wave to carry him across the finish line in November. He is the candidate who will win. He knows the issues and when he walks into the State Senate, he will be recognized immediately as a formidable leader who is qualified, determined and fit for office. Most important, he will be one of us, representing all of us. He will be a skilled and valuable partner for our local congressional delegation and they will give Southeastern Connecticut a unified caliber of representation not seen in years. If you are serious about winning back the 18th District Senatorial seat, please join me, endorse and support Bob Statchen for State Senate..
Conrad Heede, Chair, Groton Democratic Town Committee and Town Councilor
“Bob is well informed on the issues, takes principled stands, and brings energy
and enthusiasm to any challenge he faces.”
I’m very excited about Bob's candidacy. Bob will hit the ground running. He has the experience and background to go to Hartford and have instant credibility and immediate impact on the most important issues facing our towns and our state. With 25 years of experience as a leader, he will quickly be recognized as a "heavyweight" by his fellow legislators. He’s used his education, his degrees in business, law, and taxation, to actually help people and solve problems. He’s specialized in assistance to local small businesses. Through teaching at the Coast Guard Academy, he’s helped prepare the next generation of leaders to serve their country and protect and defend--just as he has served, with distinction, in the military. Bob is well informed on the issues, takes principled stands, and brings energy and enthusiasm to any challenge he faces. In addition, he’s easy to talk to, he listens well, and he has a delightful sense of humor. To defeat the Republican incumbent and win back Andy Maynard's Senate seat, we're going to need a superstar of a candidate. I believe Bob Statchen is that candidate, and I hope you'll join me in supporting him to be our nominee for the State Senate.'.
Natalie Burfoot Billing, Vice-Chair (and former Chair), Groton Democratic Town Committee, Former Groton Town Councilor
“He is an innovative problem solver.”
I have worked with Bob in the Connecticut Air National Guard since 2002. He is innovative problem solver. He has used his skillful and thoughtful ways as a private attorney and now in academia to help others. He will make an excellent state senator. We need someone with Bob's expertise in the state senate now more than ever. I fully endorse him..
Jeffrey Knickerbocker, Member, Wallingford Democratic Town Committee (former chair)
“Through his work in the Small Business Legal Clinic, he has been a champion for entrepreneurs and community-based businesses.”
I have worked with Bob for over ten years. Through his work in the Small Business Legal Clinic, he has been a champion for entrepreneurs and community-based businesses. I know that he believes that everyone should have the opportunity for success. I was born and raised in Stonington (SHS Class of 1979), and I am certain that Bob is the right person to represent the people of Southeastern Connecticut as a State Senator.
Eric J. Gouvin, Dean, and Professor of Law, Western New England University School of Law
“Bob will hit the ground running and be a much-needed voice for kids and the
young people of Southeastern Connecticut.”
Working directly with Bob on Education issues in our region, his knowledge and commitment is unmatched. As State Senator, Bob will hit the ground running and be a much-needed voice for kids and the young people of Southeastern Connecticut.
Chris Soto, State Representative, New London
“I am certain he will look for solutions to help small businesses in our region
grow and to ensure our education system continues on its path of excellence.”
I have known Bob since I was five years old. We spent our summers together growing up and ended up going to college together as well. I know he cares about our community and will work for the benefit of the entire district. I am certain he will look for solutions to help small businesses in our region grow and to ensure our education system continues on its path of excellence. Bob has an amazing ability to connect with people. I know he will be able to use his experience to move Eastern Connecticut forward.
Jack Morehouse, Owner, Masons Island Marina Member, Stonington Board of Education
“Bob, has always applied his knowledge, passion, networks and thoughtful
perspective to serving diverse communities and improving the
circumstances of others.”
Having grown up as next-door neighbors in Burlington, CT, I regard Bob Statchen as one of my oldest and most well-respected friends. I feel fortunate to have known Bob, his parents and siblings my entire life, and am grateful today to know his wife, Harriett and their three wonderful children. Over the past four-plus decades I have known Bob to be a person of incredible kindness, character, and integrity. He consistently chooses to do right by others regardless of how challenging or demanding, regardless of whether those he is helping are known to him personally. A curious and deeply invested student throughout life, like many in his family Bob, has always applied his knowledge, passion, networks and thoughtful perspective to serving diverse communities and improving the circumstances of others. Whether volunteering at the Boys and Girls' Club of Bristol or serving in the US Air Force and later the CT Air National Guard, Bob remains a highly committed, approachable and service-oriented advocate. I believe the citizens of CT would benefit enormously from Bob's leadership within the State Senate.
Tristram Oakley, Head of Sales Development; Executive Storyteller, Google, Inc.
“He was always accessible, professional and a model of American values.”
Lt Col Statchen is a leader of uncompromising integrity, exceptional values, and a sincere devotion to public service. I had the pleasure of working with Lt Col Statchen when he served (in a civilian capacity) as a member of the teaching faculty at the US Coast Guard Academy. Lt Col Statchen consistently impressed us in the quality and quantity of his work product. He developed a business law course for cadets in the management program and helped write a new textbook on military laws for use by all cadets. He was always accessible, professional and a model of American values. I know Lt Col Statchen can deliver for Connecticut as he consistently delivered for Cadets.
Chris Tribolet, Commander, USCG (Retired)
“Bob has dedicated his life to serving his country and community, and he will serve the people of Connecticut with honor and integrity as he has done on active duty and in the Air National Guard.”
I have known Bob personally and professionally for over 25 years. We first served together on active duty at Shaw Air Force Base in 1993, and since then, I have considered him to be one of my closest colleagues in the Guard and Reserves. He is known across our corps as a smart, talented, and hard-working officer and JAG. As a Former United States Attorney and Retired Officer, I know the importance of having steadfast, trustworthy leaders. Bob has dedicated his life to serving his country and community, and he will serve the people of Connecticut with honor and integrity as he has done on active duty and in the Air National Guard. There could be no better choice for State Senator than someone who has a committed history of service; that’s Bob Statchen.
Stephanie A. Finley, Lt Col, U.S. Air Force Reserves (Retired)
Former U.S. Attorney, Western District of Louisiana
“He is well versed in the issues which are affecting our state and region and offers reasonable and practical solutions.”
Bob is principled, knowledgeable and passionate. He is well versed in the issues which are affecting our state and region and offers reasonable and practical solutions. I have no doubt that Bob will be a voice in the state legislature that this district will be proud of.
Nick Vegliante, Chair, Preston Democratic Town Committee
“His election will bring a voice of principal and good judgement to the State Senate.”
Integrity, Honesty, Intelligence, Service Beyond Self. These qualities are desperately needed in the 18th District, in Hartford and Washington DC. These qualities have defined Bob Statchen throughout his life, and have brought him forward at this critical hour. His election will bring a voice of principal and good judgement to the State Sentate.
Glenn S. Gordinier, Ph.D., Robert G. Albion Historian, Co-Director, Munson Institute,
Associate Professor of History, Williams College Mystic Seaport Maritime Studies