WILTON, Conn. – Democrats have unanimously endorsed Wilton resident Keith Rodgerson to run as the Democratic challenger in the 143rd House District, which includes portions of Wilton, Norwalk and Westport.
Rodgerson is executive director of the Neighborhood District Economic Development Corp., which supports small businesses.
Key points in Rodgerson’s campaign include economic development and bipartisanship, according to a press release.
“I am running because I believe we can do better,” Rodgerson said in a press release. “We can do more to make our area more affordable for our families and seniors. We can do more to support our local businesses, protect them from big-box development, and create an environment where they can thrive. And we can do more to support our children and public education, from pre-k to college.”
Rodgerson supports Gov. Dannel Malloy’s efforts on working toward tax reform with the Connecticut Business & Industry Association. He shared his view on his opponent’s proposed economic-growth policies.
“Southern Fairfield County is very competitive and expanding,” Rodgerson said in a press release. “But we must not loose sight of how fragile things can be, especially with a vocal minority in Hartford who continually want to implement lobbyist-authored policies from Texas and afar that will only stunt the very growth they claim to support.”
Rodgerson will run against state Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-143), who unseated Democrat Peggy Reeves in 2010.
Charlie Lewis, a Wilton resident and winner of the DTC Lifetime Achievement Award, nominated Rodgerson, who was endorsed during a convention held last month at Wilton Town Hall.
“We must do more than work diligently and fight," Rodgerson said in a press release. “We must perform the hard, anonymous work that leads to regular allocation of resources and the passage of meaningful, representative legislation.”