I am appreciative and humbled to represent the interests and needs of our community in Hartford. Four years ago, our election success demonstrated how our community and its voters can be open-minded and non-partisan in choosing a candidate based on the person, not the party. Today I am even more convinced that it is essential for our politicians to represent the people of our community, not the politics.

We, as a legislative body in Hartford, need to put partisan bickering aside and get back to the true definition of public service — helping our communities and state thrive and prosper. There are many challenges ahead for us. First and foremost, we must demonstrate leadership in creating jobs, growing our economy, and keeping businesses from leaving our state. We must control spending so we can bring our taxes down to a more manageable level.

At the same time, we must continue the fight for smart improvements in public and mass transportation, for ensuring that the right programs are in place for senior citizens and their needs, and for maintaining a strong educational system. In this difficult economic time, we need to bring "common sense" back into government so our hard earned tax dollars are used as efficiently and productively as possible. We can make a difference; we need to make a difference; we WILL make a difference.

I have actively supported our community social services organizations, such as The Kennedy Center, CT Challenge, Norma Pfriem Breast Cancer Care and Operation Hope, along with many other school and community activities. These organizations and their advocates, volunteers, and contributors make our town special and I believe it is important to recognize them for their great work.

I have made myself fully accessible by holding numerous community meetings and informational job skills forums in our town libraries. I have increased information access by maintaining an active website and utilizing social media to updating people on the issues and community events within our towns. I make an effort to stay intimately involved in local issues by attending local Board of Finance, Board of Education, and Town Council/RTM meetings and touring schools within our community. I believe in strong communication and transparency and will continue to do everything in my power to be an effective and educated representative for the 134th District.

I am proud to serve as your State Representative and I hope that I have earned your vote on Election Day. I look forward to continuing to give back to our community, our state, and our country, which has given so much to me.