News

September 30, 2020

WINY Radio Show

35TH SENATE DISTRICT CANDIDATE DEBATE

Lisa Thomas participated in a debate with her opponent on WINY radio to discuss affordable housing, Eversource, crumbling foundations, and more. Listen in here.


September 14, 2020

Connecticrats: The CT Dems Podcast

Episode 4: Denise Merrill and Lisa THomas

Lisa Thomas appeared on the Connecticrats: The CT Dems Podcast. Listen in here.


September 11, 2020

Journal-Inquirer

Coventry council expands commission to recognize veterans

“We have a growing veteran population and more and more veterans from the Gulf War and the war on terror are raising families (here) and we want to expand the commission to include other veteran events and activities,” said Peter Depaola, who served in the U.S. Marines. He proposed establishing the new commission and hopes to serve on it.

Councilwoman Lisa Thomas said the commission “pulls together the knowledge of the community and the compassion of that commission also overseeing and planning things to recognize our active veterans and those we have lost.”


September 10, 2020

Journal-Inquirer

Coventry GOP Votes No Confidence in deputy registrar, seeks Resignation

Councilwoman Lisa Thomas, a Democrat, said today that “the Republican Town Committee should have taken action many months ago.

“Instead, they waited and during the primary a first time, young voter was denied her vote at the polling place because the deputy registrar either did not know the law or deliberately disenfranchised her,” she said.


August 26, 2020

Journal-Inquirer

COVentry explores regional police civilian review board

Currently, complaints are handled by the police chief who assigns a sergeant or other officer to them depending on the situation. In some cases, the chief may seek assistance in the investigative process from an outside law enforcement agency or a third party.

Councilwoman Lisa Thomas said if a review board is created “its membership must reflect a diversity of community stakeholders, including our emergency responders, parents, seniors, clergy, schools, business owners, and youth sports.”


August 19, 2020

Journal-Inquirer

Sgt. Ted OpdenBrouw retires from Coventry police after 22 years

Councilwoman Lisa Thomas said Opdenbrouw has been a “professional, upstanding member of our police force for many years.”

Councilman Matthew O’Brien Jr. said Opdenbrouw’s service to the citizens of Coventry was “impeccable.”


August 18, 2020

Journal-Inquirer

Coventry voter, 17, denied right to vote in primary

Town Councilwoman Lisa Thomas, a Democrat, said Monday that her biggest concern is when people are denied the democratic process and their right to vote.

“We don’t know if there were other instances,” she said. “This is not the first time this has happened in Coventry. It is very concerning. Every vote matters.”


August 10, 2020

Journal-Inquirer

COVENTRY POLICE EARN “EXCELLENCE” AWARD FROM ACCREDITORS

Councilwoman Lisa Thomas commended the department for its accreditation.

Coventry has been at the forefront of implementing reforms like the use of body cameras and achieving accreditations like this in order to meet the highest standards,” she said.


July 28, 2020

Journal-Inquirer

VERNON CARAVAN PROTEST OVER “VOTER SUPPRESSION”

Protesters disagreed, with speakers, including Coventry Councilwoman Lisa Thomas, a Democrat who is running to unseat Champagne as state senator for the 35th Senate District arguing that the window box is more difficult for disabled voters to access, and is too restrictive because it is only available for use during the town clerk’s office hours.

Thomas said Champagne, in refusing to use the state-issued ballot box, was choosing to “put his own particular brand of divisive politics ahead of the rights and the safety of Vernon voters.

“As a senator, you must be willing to pay attention to all your constituents” rather than being an outlier in the Republican party, she continued.


July 20, 2020

Journal-Inquirer

Coventry Council to consider sending $1.7M Library Project referendum

Democratic Councilwoman Lisa Thomas said she was disappointed in the Finance Committee’s decision to recommend the project at $1.7 million. She said an additional $133,000 to bring it to $1.83 million is not going to affect bonding for the project.

“One thing we have learned during this pandemic is how much we are going to need those library services, especially once the building is reopened for people to go in and utilize the resources for job searching,” she said. “It is shortsighted.”


July 17, 2020

Journal-Inquirer

Flags honoring vets, active service members on display

Town Councilwoman Lisa Thomas said she was moved by the ceremony.

“It is a beautiful display of flags,” she said. “What I really like about the flags is that most of them are [from] people who have bought them in honor of someone they know who has served and also those who are still serving.”


July 8, 2020

Journal-Inquirer

Civilian review of Coventry police under discussion

Democratic Councilman Jonathan Hand said he would like to see the civilian review board be an “apolitical body so it can review police policies and procedures and report back to the council.”

Democratic Councilwoman Lisa Thomas said a board is needed. She said the Town Council shouldn’t be acting as a civilian review board because it has the potential to be politicized.


June 30, 2020

Journal-Inquirer

Coventry’s fire departments officially merge into one on Wednesday

The merging of the two departments has been a “years long, thoughtful process,” Councilwoman Lisa Thomas said.

“I know that interim Fire Chief Bud Meyers and all of the newly sworn officers will lead with professionalism and integrity,” she said.


June 17, 2020

The Chronicle

Coventry SHOWS IT CARES ABOUT RACISM

Several hundred people participated in a mile-long march from town hall to Patriots Park last Friday afternoon to raise their collective voices against racism and police brutality following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last month….

When protesters arrived, they gathered around a staging area where they heard speeches by Democratic Coventry Town Council members Lisa Conant, Lisa Thomas and Jonathan Hand.


June 16, 2020

Journal-Inquirer

Coventry Council APPRoves statement condemning racism

Councilperson Lisa Thomas, a Democrat, said she was dismayed about how long “it has taken the council to come together and issue a statement in support of racial justice.”

“Black lives matter and so does support for people of color living in our town,” she said.

While she said she was pleased Blanchard issued a statement supporting the town’s police department, “I think the very first statement communicated from anyone on the council should have been about supporting our community and affirming our commitment to residents who are people of color.”


June 15, 2020

Journal-Inquirer

hundreds march in Coventry calling for an end to police brutality

Thomas said it’s everyone’s responsibility to examine the functions of government and make it accountable.


February 28, 2020

Journal-Inquirer

With revaluation, Coventry grand list jumps 4.6 percent

Town Councilwoman Lisa Thomas said the real-estate growth is a “testament to the increasing desirability of Coventry as a place to call home.”

“We need to bear in mind, however, that more residential development means demand for service,” she said.


February 20, 2020

The Chronicle

Councilwoman mulling run for Senate seat

Thomas is currently on the town council, where she had previously served for nine years, which included eight years as the steering committee chairman and about five months as town council chairwoman until she resigned in 2016 to focus on her family.

During that stint, one of her “most significant” accomplishments was the work she and the council did to “repair” the relationship between the council and board of education, Thomas said.

Now, back on the town council for another term, she is serving on the council’s finance committee.

Thomas currently represents the 35th District for the Connecticut Democratic State Central Committee alongside Bill Dauphin of Vernon.

Throughout her time living and serving in Coventry, she has been an advocate for environmental preservation and conservation.

“She is a problem solver who understands that solutions must respect our environment, the economy, educational fairness and our future,” Coventry Democratic Town Committee Chairwoman Dorothy Grady said. “The Coventry Democratic Town committee is totally supportive of Lisa’s exploratory campaign for state Senate.”

As a community volunteer, Thomas said the work she holds “nearest and dearest to (her) heart” was the creation of the Coventry Lake Advisory and Monitoring Committee, which was proposed by the school district’s “Future Problem Solving Program” she coached.

Professionally, Thomas has taught in public schools for more than 30 years.


May 12, 2016

Hartford Courant

Clover Street School Holds Annual Fifth Grade Poetry SLAM

“It is always a delight and an inspiration to witness our poets perform on stage the words that come from deep within their hearts and experiences,” says Lisa Thomas, Clover Street School’s Challenge Resource teacher. Thomas leads spoken word workshops in all 5th grade classrooms throughout the year and coordinates the school’s annual slam competition.


August 4, 2015

Hartford Courant

Lisa Thomas talks about her work for the town of Coventry

Thomas sees herself as a problem solver, not one who immediately says no. “That comes from all of my years as a Future Problem Solving coach,” she said. As Chairwoman, Thomas tries to guide the Council towards consensus through a real problem-solving process, she said.

Another challenge is balancing the town’s needs with the needs and wants of residents. “There are so many different points of view that must be considered and valued,” said Thomas. The Council must make thoughtful decisions based on all the feedback members can get, said Thomas. “We know that whatever our ultimate decision is, there will be community members who are supportive and others who feel we have made the absolute wrong decision,” said Thomas.

The biggest rewards of the position? “I just love it when we are able to accomplish important goals for the town, when the Council works collaboratively,” said Thomas.


April 5, 2007

Journal-Inquirer

Fourth-graders successfully lobby the Windsor Town Council to adopt a resolution on using clean energy

“They have a great concern about their own futures, especially the environment in which they are growing up,” Challenge Resource Teacher Lisa Thomas, who worked with the students, told the council.

“Their concern was sparked by energy issues and consumption of fossil fuels.”

She continued, “They asked if they could perhaps approach the council and give some information from their perspective as children as to why this is good for the future of our children.