Tom Gilmer was born and raised in the suburbs of Akron Ohio, adopted by a blue collar family he learned early the values and characteristics of hard work, integrity, and sacrifice. During Tom’s youth his father, who has spent his career working in steel work and manufacturing and mother who was a stay at home mother, encouraged Tom to be an active community member and volunteer his time to better others. Gilmer took upon himself to do just that by volunteering for the local mayoral election.
In 2007 Gilmer was a part of his first winning campaign which inspired him to continue being an active member of the Republican party. In 2009 as a senior in high school, Gilmer ran his first race for school board against an incumbent who, at the time, happened to be the father of his high school girlfriend.
Upon graduation Tom attended The University of Akron where he became even more involved in politics. Tom worked with the Bliss Academy and republican organizations to volunteer and lead large grass roots efforts to get republicans elected. He was known as a successful grass roots manager and served on several state campaigns. In 2015 Tom moved from Ohio to Connecticut to pursue a career in Construction. For the past 5 years Gilmer has worked with local towns, school districts, hospitals, and Universities giving him not only an understanding for just how large the second district is, but a deeper understanding into just how diverse the needs of Eastern Connecticut are.
In 2018 Gilmer focused his career on managing large capital projects for a half dozen of Connecticut’s state colleges. In doing so he spent additional time with educators and college presidents furthering his knowledge of the gap that Eastern Connecticut is facing with its high-tech sector manufacturing force and an ever-increasing amount of underemployed college graduates. Additionally, in the months leading up to his announcement to run, Gilmer sought out the advice and counsel of many of Eastern Connecticut’s State Representatives to understand the severity of the unaddressed issues plaguing our working-class residents. The verdict that Tom came to was that we need “Common Sense” brought back to the Eastern part of the state.
In the last decade our district has lost over 12% of the jobs, dozens of manufacturing companies, Pfiezer, Sikorsky, to name a few and a staggering 1/8 families have been forced to leave the state for the same reasons our underemployed have, high taxes, crumbling infrastructure, a shrinking manufacturing & agricultural industry, and lack of support for our veterans and seniors.
Gilmer is committed to sponsoring legislation focused on creating jobs in Eastern Connecticut and improving the services provided to our patriots who served for the freedoms we enjoy today. By building a strong grass roots-based campaign that will serve as a voice for the people of Eastern Connecticut as well as help support our local and state representatives continue to win we can bring a strong fight to the Democrats.
Together with strong Federal leadership we can bring common sense back to the state of Connecticut and create a more efficient government and keep Washington accountable to our District. Gilmer resides in Madison Connecticut and is an active member of his local RTC and continues to work daily on improving his community.