When Republican State Representative T.R. Rowe told me he had decided to run for Probate Judge and not seek re-election to an eighth term, I was filled with mixed feelings. I was disappointed that we would not have T.R.'s outstanding leadership in Hartford, however, I was excited about the opportunity to earn the voters' trust to continue T.R.'s mission as the State Representative for the 123rd District in Trumbull.

It has long been a desire of mine to help make Trumbull, and Connecticut, a better place to live, work, and play and I am humbled and honored to have the opportunity to serve you as your State Representative in Hartford.

Times have changed here in Connecticut, it is not enough to just win a seat in Hartford, you have to stand up and do what's right. I promise to be more than a State Representative in Hartford; I will be your advocate. Although I have many ideas and interests, I am especially driven to pursue my three core commitments; opportunity, common sense and the commitment to do my very best. Let me explain further.

My commitment to opportunity is to work in Hartford to create a pro-growth environment where entrepreneurs and business owners are able to create job opportunities. We can accomplish this with lower taxes, fewer regulatory burdens, and pro-business policies that will attract the right kind of businesses to our state. We need all types of jobs so that we may foster an environment that creates opportunities to keep our young people working, and living, in Connecticut.

My commitment to common sense is simple and straightforward. It's the things your family would talk about around the dinner table. Spend no more than you make, borrow no more than you can afford to pay back, if it is not broken don't fix it, but if it is not working, get rid of it. My common sense commitment also means that the more the government tries to do, the less it does well. I firmly believe that we should have all the government we need, but only the government we need.

Finally, it is my commitment to do my very best for you in Hartford. This means that I will be active in Hartford and I will pay attention to the unintended consequences of our actions in Hartford. Too many times, legislation is passed that is well intended, however, it is not well thought out. I will work hard by reaching out to my constituents and involved parties to ensure that our legislation works the way the Legislature intends it to work. I call this my "do no harm" pledge.

Throughout my time with the Connecticut Restaurant Association, I have worked closely with Legislators, and business organizations, trying to better our state. I am looking forward to the opportunity to represent the interests of the residents of Trumbull's 123rd District. I am asking for your confidence and vote on Nov. 6. Let's work together to bring common sense back to Hartford.