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Valerie featured on BBC News story about scientists running for office

August 9, 2018

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BBC News interviewed Valerie about what it's like to run for office and what scientists will bring to elected office.

"There are things politicians use that scientists are trained to do: solve problems, defend our principles."

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3 Democrats vying for nod in 17th Senate District

August 7, 2018
Bill Bittar

"Horsley said there are not a lot of women or scientists in the legislature. Rather than going on hunches or small sample sizes, she believes her experience as a scientist will allow her to study and analyze data to find the best solutions to Connecticut’s problems."

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Horsley Named Women's March Candidate

August 4, 2018

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I am proud to be a Women's March CT - We March On approved candidate because I stand for a broad range of reforms to address gender inequity as well as racial and economic inequality. I support access to affordable reproductive health care, anti-discrimination protections for the LGBTQIA community, paid family leave, living minimum wage, immigration reform and protection of our environment and public lands.

Primary to determine challenger in 17th

August 3, 2018
Luke Marshall

Horsley, 41, of Hamden, is a professor of molecular and cell biology at Yale University and runs a laboratory at Yale.

Horsley, a single mother of 7-year-old and 12-year-old daughters, said the biggest issue facing the state is its budget crisis.

“The problem with our budget is that, for decades, we didn’t plan to pay the obligations we had for pensions we promised people,” Horsley said. “We can’t renege on those obligations because people planned their lives on what we promised them.”

Horsley said the solution can’t be simply pushing the costs off onto municipalities. She said the state can address the budget issues, in part, by ensuring that it is not duplicating services within different areas of the government and working to bring in new industries into the state.

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Horsley calls for more support for women owned businesses

July 27, 2018
Valerie Horsley

"Women face barriers to start their own businesses," said Valerie Horsley. "Most of the women entrepreneurs that I met repeatedly said that they were unaware of programs that exist to support them in our state."

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Horsley Receives Citizen’s Election Program Grant

Woodbridge Town News

“I’m thankful for the support of my friends and neighbors who helped me get this grant. I’m also grateful that Connecticut has this program that allows people that are not rich, like me, to run for public office,” Horsley says.

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Horsley awarded “Gun Sense Distinction” from Moms Demand Action


Moms Demand Action has awarded Valerie Horsley, Ph.D., candidate for State Senate in the 17th district in Connecticut, the “Gun Sense Distinction” for her commitment to gun violence prevention. This distinction is given to candidates running for legislative positions who are committed to ending the epidemic of gun violence in the United States.

“I am honored to receive recognition from Moms Demand Action,” Horsley says. “As a mother, I am concerned about the impact of gun violence on our children and I will work toward protecting Connecticut children from gun violence through education and legislation.”

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a grassroots movement of Americans fighting for new and stronger solutions to lax gun laws and loopholes. Since its inception after the tragedy at Sandy Hook School, Moms Demand Action has established a chapter in every state of the country and, along with Mayors Against Illegal Guns and the Everytown Survivor Network, is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country with more than four million supporters.

Horsley is a Democrat running for the 17th District state Senate representing Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Derby, Naugatuck, Hamden, and Woodbridge. For more information about Horsley’s positions on gun safety and other issues, visit

Forum: Legislative steps could curb negative behaviors within workplaces

Valerie Horsley

Improving workplace cultures to eliminate gender harassment and discrimination must occur at every level. Legislative steps will curb the negative behaviors within workplaces. Yet, we all need to speaking up against perpetrators that use language or behaviors in biased ways. All of these approaches will create lasting change that will truly break glass ceilings for all women.

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Valerie responds to NRA endorsement request


I am not hostile toward the Second Amendment, however, I will not be responding to your endorsement questionnaire because I do not wish to be associated with an organization that values gun ownership over the lives of children and Connecticut residents.

One Year After the March for Science, Dozens of Scientists Are Running in State, Local Elections

Katy Sheridan

As a biology professor at Yale, Valerie Horsley has commanded the attention of students in lecture halls. But on April 22, 2017, she stood in front of a far larger crowd—3,000 people—as one of the organizers of the New Haven March for Science. “It might have been the quietest march I’ve ever been to,” said Horsley. “I don’t know if scientists just aren’t used to screaming on the streets.”


“There was this moment during the science march when I had the microphone, and I had the ability to influence thousands of people,” she said. “I could keep being a professor. I could keep running my activist organization. Or I could hold the mic.”

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Yale Scientist Plans Run for State Senate

Daniela Altimari

Horsley, a tenured professor at Yale, teaches undergraduate students and runs a lab that studies wound healing in the skin. She has received money from Connecticut’s stem cell initiative and said she would advocate for greater public investment in bioscience should she win election to the Senate.

“The industries that are going to grow the state’s economy are healthcare, bio science and clean energy and our expertise is needed,’’ Horsley said.

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Valerie qualifies for CEP funding!


After fundraising for less than a month, Valerie Horsley’s campaign for the CT State Senate representing the 17th District has exceeded the requirements for the Citizen’s Election Program. Her campaign has raised over $15,000 and received more than 300 donations from 300 hard-working citizens in Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Derby, Hamden, Naugatuck and Woodbridge residents.

Valerie Horsley is a mother, scientist and educator and is the co-CEO of Action Together CT, a grassroots organization that works for social good in CT. She was elected to the Democratic Town Committee in Hamden’s 8th District in January. Horsley’s involvement in local activism and the women’s march inspired her to work to bring her unique vision to Hartford.

Until 2016, the 17th District was represented by a Democrat, Joe Crisco, for 20 years. Ansonia resident Republican George Logan began representing the 17th district in 2016. Horsley believes that the new energy in the Democratic party since 2016 will make this seat winnable for Democrats in 2018. She intends to challenge Logan on his voting record and push for pay equity and job creation to benefit constituents in the 17th district.

CCAT hosts group of inspiring women

Erin Day

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Women who marched in Washington hope to sit in Hartford

Mark Pazniokas

“I was basically horrified by the results of the election in 2016,” said Horsley, who lived in New Haven and has relocated to Hamden. “I woke up the next morning and had to tell my two daughters about the election of this man who had no leadership skills. I just thought I had to do something.”

Within two weeks after the election, Horsley and others found each other on social media, exchanging ideas about how to constructively respond. They created Action Together CT, a group that quickly grew to 2,500 members in New Haven County and more than 5,500 statewide. She says they made 300,000 phone calls to turn out the vote for Democrats in the municipal elections last month.

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