Connecticut Senate GOP adds urban affairs director

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Republicans in the Connecticut Senate are adding an urban affairs director to their staff.

Sen. Len Fasano, the incoming Senate Minority Leader, said Tuesday that Avery Gaddis of Waterbury will take on the new role. Gaddis will relay the needs of minority groups to GOP senators while sharing Republican policy ideas with urban communities.

Fasano said the GOP has struggled to penetrate cities with the party’s message. Fasano said he takes blame for those “inadequacies.” He said “now is the time to correct the miscommunication.”

Gaddis, who is black, previously worked as a small business loan officer for the Community Economic Development Fund. He also served as vice president of the Waterbury branch of the NAACP and the City Clerk of Waterbury. He currently serves on numerous boards and commissions.

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