Gilchrest Shines as Champion for Women and Families During General Election Debate

West Hartford 18th District Candidates Spar on Economy, Taxes, Social Services, Transportation and More…

Jillian Gilchrest debates Mary Fay at the West Hartford Town Hall for the District 18 seat

Portions of this article was originally published in on 9.26

The League of Women Voters of Greater Hartford and West Hartford Community Television sponsored a debate Wednesday between 18th District State House candidates Mary Fay and Jillian Gilchrest.

by Ronni Newton: Candidates Jillian Gilchrest and Mary Fay took every moment they were allotted during a debate recorded Wednesday at West Hartford Town Hall to differentiate themselves for voters on issues ranging from the budget, to taxes, regionalism, and social programs.

The debate was sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Greater Hartford and West Hartford Community Television, and will be aired on WHC-TV (channel 5 on Comcast and channel 6098 on Frontier) multiple times beginning Oct. 11 and can also be viewed on demand on


Fay, a Republican who has been a senior manager in the financial services industry and is currently a member of the Town Council, was endorsed by her party for the 18th District race. Gilchrest, a Democrat and director of Health Professional Outreach at the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence who formerly served on the West Hartford Board of Education, unseated 12-term incumbent Andy Fleischmann in an August primary to earn her spot on the ballot.

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From the candidate – “Despite claiming to be focused on the budget, over the course of the evening, my opponent never offered one solution, idea or policy position to move Connecticut’s economy forward. She failed to give the voters any sense of where she stands on important social issues like reproductive health care, the environment and paid family medical leave,” said Jillian Gilchrest. “This election is an opportunity to improve Connecticut’s economic future and set our state in a new direction. This election is also an important statement about what we value and who we are as a state and a people.”

During one particularly telling moment, Fay was asked about a statement she made on Sunday’s episode of WFSB’s Face the State, during which she was asked whether the Trump Administration has been “good for gay rights,”and Fay said “I haven’t seen anything discriminatory come out of his administration.” When questioned this evening about that statement, Fay denied saying it and failed to provide any explanation.

The debate will air several times in the evening on WHC-TV (Channel 5 on Comcast and Channel 6098 On Frontier) during the month of October, starting on October 11th. It will also be available via on demand streaming at WHC-TV website,

For more information, readers can visit the Gilchrest Campaign website (, the Gilchrest Campaign Facebook page, or email