It is with great pleasure that I announce I am running for the Probate Court Judge position for the Hamden-Bethany Probate Court District. The towns of Bethany and Hamden have been well served over the years with Judge Guy Yale and Judge Salvatore Diglio both serving over thirty year terms. Judge Yale retired when the two town courts were merged in the statewide consolidation of the Probate Court System. Judge Diglio will reach retirement age next August.
I am running as a Democrat and qualified for the August 14th Primary by getting over 1,100 Petition Signatures in nine days. We needed 819 to qualify and I was fortunate enough to receive support from Registered Democrats in both towns.
I am a lifelong resident of Hamden but understand the importance of representing both towns in Probate matters. I believe that it is most important that a Probate Judge be Fair, be Compassionate, and have a high degree of Integrity in handling people and families at some of the most difficult times of their lives.
I have tried my entire thirty year legal career to act Fairly, Compassionately, and with a high degree of Integrity. I have involved myself in community activities at all levels and have enjoyed participating for years as a youth sports coach and sponsor and in other community activities ranging from politics to helping to build Larry's Playground at Bassett Park.
I have been happily married to M. Christine (Chris) Burt for twenty-seven years. Chris is also an attorney. Our office is located on Whitney Avenue and we do a general practice with an emphasis on real estate, accidents and probate matters. Chris also practices in the area of Family Mediation Law.
I have been an adjunct faculty member at Quinnipiac University for over twenty-five years. I am also on the Athletic Advisory Committe at QU. I am a graduate of Fairfield University and Western New England School of Law.
Chris and I have three children: Eddie who teaches English in Krakow, Poland; Rachel who was a substitute teacher at the Wintergreen Magnet School in Hamden this year after graduating from Fordham University; and Jimmy who spent a year at Trinity-Pawling Prep School after graduating from Hamden High School. He will be attending Trinity College in Hartford next year where he will continue to play hockey.
While a Hamden native and proud of it, I understand that it is important that the Hamden-Bethany Probate Court District has a Judge who represents both towns. I am reaching out to the members of the Bethany Community to let them know that I will do my best to get to know their community better and to handle their affairs as Probate Judge to the best of my abilities.
I would appreciate the support of all Registered Democrats in the August 14th Primary Election. The role of a Probate Court Judge is important. Our towns have been fortunate to have two fine men handle many delicate matters in a professional and respectful manner. It is my hope to continue that tradition and I need your help to do so.
I ask for your support on August 14th in the Democratic Primary for Probate Court Judge.
Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions. I intend to get out to Bethany to meet as many of you as I can before the Primary Election and most certainly will get a letter out to the Registered Democrats before the Primary takes place.
Thank you and have a wonderful day!
Edward C. "Ned" Burt, Jr.