2019 Kevin J. Sutherland Inspiration in Democracy Awardee
Michael Wright is receiving the Kevin J. Sutherland Inspiration in Democracy Award for his outstanding work during the 2018 campaign cycle.
A native of Trumbull, Michael is a product of the Trumbull Public School System – THS Class of 2002. He received his degree in Theatre Studies from Emerson College while also obtaining his real estate license. For several years, Michael pursued a career as a professional actor – performing in Connecticut and around the country including a prominent role in a North American tour of Jesus Christ Superstar. In 2008, he began working alongside his father at the RE/MAX Right Choice real estate agency here in Trumbull.
In 2018, after becoming increasingly frustrated with the bitterness and divisiveness of our state and national politics, Michael made the decision to come off the sidelines and volunteer on a local political campaign. With no prior political experience, he volunteered to work on the campaign of Sujata Gadkar-Wilcox – a first-time candidate running for State Representative in the 123rd District in Trumbull. Michael’s passion and drive soon propelled him to the leadership role as the volunteer coordinator for Sujata’s campaign.
Over the course of the 2018 campaign, Michael personally knocked on over 7000 doors. His engaging personality and his knowledge of the town were great assets to the campaign because it meant he was a familiar face to many who greeted him at the door. Michael was soon the lead organizer recruiting and training volunteers in phone banking and canvassing. No job was too small or too large for Michael – he was a true team player and toward the end of the campaign, he became the campaign lawn sign maniac racing all over town to keep Sujata’s signs on display.
While Sujata came up just a bit short on Election Day, she had the best showing by a Democrat in the 123rd District in over 40 years. Michael played a big role in that outcome. Throughout the campaign, he displayed the characteristics of working for a cause, not for applause – never striving to make his presence noticed, but instead making his absence felt. For these reasons, we are pleased to recognize Michael for all his selfless hard work.