Formica Backed by Small Business Group

Formica Backed by Small Business Group


AVON, CONNECTICUT -- Paul Formica, Republican and Independent Party candidate for State Senate, has been endorsed by the state’s largest small business organization.


The state chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business SAFE Trust (Save America’s Free Enterprise) has endorsed Formica in his run for the 20th State Senate District race, which includes the communities of Bozrah, Old Saybrook, Salem, Montville, New London, East Lyme, Old Lyme and Waterford.


“It is a real honor to be endorsed by fellow business owners and leaders,” said Formica, the owner of Flanders Fish Market, a family restaurant and retail store in East Lyme. “We are reminded every day that the heartbeat of our economy is provided by hard working entrepreneurs who create jobs and opportunity.”


Formica, who has served in NFIB leadership roles, said his top priority was to bring his experience as business owner to reform the state’s tax policies, reduce state spending and burdensome regulations.


NFIB is Connecticut’s and the nation’s leading small business association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB gives small and independent business owners a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business. NFIB’s powerful network of grassroots activists sends their views directly to state and federal lawmakers through our unique member-only ballot, thus playing a critical role in supporting America’s free enterprise system.

NFIB’s mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses. More information about NFIB is available online at”



























About the candidate  —

Paul Formica is serving his fourth term as First Selectman for the town East Lyme, and is the owner of Flanders Fish Market, a small business and family restaurant celebrating more than three decades of operation.


Prior to becoming First Selectman, Paul served his town as a member of the zoning commission, and later, on the board of finance. All totaled, Paul has provided more than two decades of service to the people and businesses in his community.


In addition to town responsibilities, Paul, has also served in a leadership capacity for many organizations, from Chambers of Commerce to The Heart Walk, and through membership has supported great causes from Rotary to Little League.


Most recently, Paul has been the Past President of the Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments (SCCOG). At SCCOG, he chaired the regional rail committee that actively engaged in the successful TIGER Grant process, and served on the regional water committee that resulted in a tri-town interconnection to conserve/share water. 


Residing in East Lyme, Paul is a widower and the father of four adult children — three daughters and one son. Two daughters currently work side-by-side in the Family Restaurant. Paul is an avid dancer and gardener, known for his roses and the Argentine Tango.


About the district — 

The 20th District includes the towns of Old Lyme, East Lyme, Salem, Bozrah, New London and Waterford as well as portions of Montville and Old Saybrook.


About the campaign —

The Formica for Senate campaign is a nearly all-volunteer, grassroots effort that welcomes more volunteers and community engagement. For more information visit or follow the campaign on social media:   |  |


Interviews and dialogs can readily be arranged by calling 860.287.0546


As of the date of this release, Paul has been endorsed by: The National Federation of Independent Business  (NFIB) SAFE Trust (Save America’s Free Enterprise); and The Independent Party of Connecticut.



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