WILTON, Conn. -- State Rep. Gail Lavielle received a unanimous endorsement to run for re-election at the Republican convention at Wilton's Comstock Community Center.
Lavielle received the delegates’ unanimous endorsement as the candidate to represent the 143rd House District, which comprises most of Wilton, the eastern section of Norwalk and the western part of Westport. Lavielle is in her second term in the state House of Representatives.
She is the House Republican leader of the General Assembly’s Commerce Committee and a member of the Appropriations, Education, and Higher Education Committees. She is also the House Republican leader of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation.
Lavielle addressed the convention after her acceptance of the nomination and thanked the delegates.
“It is a privilege to serve my constituents in Wilton, Norwalk, and Westport," she said. "I am honored by this nomination, and deeply grateful for the support I’ve received from all three communities. I am also conscious of the tremendous amount of work there is to do.
"People throughout the state fear that neither they nor their children can have a future in Connecticut. They worry about jobs, about high taxes, about the costs of higher education, and about retirement. Connecticut’s fall to the bottom of so many nationwide rankings, along with the decline of its education system and infrastructure, is all the more distressing because our state is endowed with enormous potential," she said. "I am determined to continue fighting to bring Connecticut -- as a place to live, work, raise a family, and retire – back to the top where it surely belongs.”
When she accepted the nomination on Monday, Lavielle told the convention delegates that her campaign committee had completed its fundraising for the 2014 election cycle
"As a member of the House Republican caucus’ budget team, Lavielle has consistently proposed fully vetted budget alternatives that would require state government to operate more cost-effectively and efficiently and reduce the tax pressure on families, businesses, and municipalities," said the press release.
"She has worked diligently to eliminate tax and regulatory barriers to business growth and job expansion, improve mass transit safety and service, strengthen the state’s K-12 and higher education systems, preserve open space, and obtain mandate relief for schools and municipalities. She has been recognized with numerous awards for her legislative work on behalf of the environment, children, the business community, and education."