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Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Fairfield GMO Activist Becomes Candidate

By Mark Pazniokas

No one quite captured the zeitgeist at the State Capitol last year like Tara Cook-Littman. The founder of GMO Free CT used Facebook and Twitter to rally foodies, environmentalists and consumer activists behind a successful crusade for the nation’s first state law addressing the labeling of genetically modified foods. Image
Tara Cook-Littman: GMO activist seeks Fairfield House seat. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

Now, Cook-Littman, 38, a self-described food blogger and PTA mom from Fairfield, albeit one who used to be a prosecutor in New York City, is trying to replicate that grass-roots mojo in another difficult campaign: She is a Democratic candidate for the House of Representatives in a district redrawn after 2010 to the advantage of Republicans.

“It’ll be an uphill battle,” said Cook-Littman, whose allies on the labeling law included prominent Republicans, including the man she hopes to succeed, Tony Hwang, and their state senator, John P. McKinney. “I really am a nonpartisan person. I worked with everybody.”

Her interest in running was set in motion by McKinney’s gubernatorial ambitions: Hwang is expected to run for McKinney’s open Senate seat, giving Cook-Littman a shot at Hwang’s open House seat in the 134th District of Fairfield and Trumbull.

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