Off and running! It is an honor to be unanimously endorsed to run for another term as state representative for the 141 district – Norwalk and Darien. Thank you to Jayme Stevenson for nominating me and Maggie Trujillo for seconding. I am grateful for trust of all the delegates to continue to serve as their voice in Hartford.
While there are many critical issues in our state, the most important one – by far – is to stabilize our fiscal situation and create an environment for economic growth. As the only state in the country that has not regained all the jobs lost in the recession of 2008, it is imperative that we recognize why this is so and change our policy path. Denial and deflection by the majority party has not been productive for our state’s economy. Nor have the far left progressive policies that have been punitive to the state’s business climate, job creators and retirees. I will continue to advocate for fiscal common sense that promotes economic growth in our state.
In addition to setting sound fiscal policy, I look forward to continuing my work on legislation that protects our social service safety net, advances mental health initiatives in our communities, continues to move the needle on dyslexia education, furthers efforts addressing the opioid crisis and working to preserve our environment/open space. Efforts that will serve current and future generations.
Is this work frustrating at times…you bet. One party rule has not been kind to our state. Per the Wall Street Journal January 27th “ Voters are just beginning to understand the damage done by two terms of Governor Malloy”. Watching the decisions made by the majority Democrats and their full throated support of the public unions at the expense of the rest of the people and our state has been challenging. Despite the frustration, I still feel a fire in the belly to do this work and am passionate to see our state return to the fiscal promise and prosperity we enjoyed for so many years. Working together, I know we can thrive.
Very much looking forward to campaigning this summer/fall, and the dialogue on the important issues facing our state.
This letter originally appeared in the Darien Times on May 23, 2018