I am proud to live in a country where we can “agree to disagree”, have meaningful discourse and look for ways to work together for a common solution. I’ve had years of experience facilitating different points of view and finding common ground through compromise and debate. This philosophy seems to be non-existent in Hartford.
I blame the State’s troubles on our current “one party rule”. We need to change the make-up of our State Legislature. We need to embrace the value of communication and compromise, not reinforce the status quo.
Last Wednesday was the State Representative debate at Eno and there has been some post debate discussion on a candidate’s expertise on the steps to pass a bill into law*. Being able to recite the steps is one thing but having the relationships to help bring a bill through the system is about compromise, debate, relationships and current experience. I have that.
Throughout my career, I’ve developed associations with Simsbury’s Sate legislators (Jim Fleming, Tom Herlihy, Rob Heagney, Paul Knierim, Linda Schofield and Kevin Witkos) with Simsbury’s boards of selectmen and our town boards and commissions. I’ve been to countless meetings with the CT Business and Industry (CBIA), chaired the MetroHartford Alliance Regional Chambers of Commerce, received awards and accolades for my business acumen and have represented the Simsbury business community in the region. I’ve made countless connections in the State that will suit me well as your State representative.
This past year meeting voters in Simsbury has reinforced my decision to run. I’ve been knocking on a lot of doors and listening to the concerns of the voters. There are a lot of residents in Simsbury counting on me and want to see me win. I’m ready to go to Hartford to represent Simsbury.
And yes, I’m one person but that’s how we begin to make the change. We need to balance our legislature and I ask you to send me as the Republican State Representative from Simsbury.
For more information on my candidacy, go to www.charityforsimsbury.com
*There is a great primer entitled “How A Bill Becomes Law” on the State of Connecticut website site (www.cga.ct.gov) Legislative Section, Citizens Guide.