Shaban to challenge Himes in Fourth District

Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Jim Himes will be challenged by Redding Republican state Rep. John Shaban in November.

Himes was nominated for a fifth two-year term representing the Fourth District — which includes of most of Fairfield County — during the Democratic district convention in Bridgeport Monday night. Connecticut Democrats renominated all of their incumbent office holders.

Shaban was unopposed at Monday night’s GOP district convention.

Shaban said he is running for Congress to continue his long-running community service, according to a press release.

“I keep raising my hand to get involved because I believe I can help,” he said, noting his years in local office before being elected to the State House in 2010, 2012, and 2014.

Shaban was nominated by Tim Herbst, the first selectman of Trumbull. Herbst said, “John is unquestionably the right person to represent the 4th district in congress during these challenging times. What I admire most about John is his willingness to stand on principle and philosophy and fight for what he believes in. John is the kind of principled leader the 4th district is in desperate need of.”

Originally from Brooklyn, N.Y., Shaban resides in Redding with his wife of 23 years and their three sons. The Fourth Congressional District comprises most of Fairfield County, including 16 towns such as Redding, Weston and Ridgefield.

“My motto is Connecticut first,” Shaban said Tuesday morning. “For every dollar we give [to the federal government], we get back 60 cents [in grants], that doesn’t make sense.”

He said he believes in a ‘Connecticut-first’ approach to politics.

“I subscribe to the ‘local people solving local problems’ approach,” Shaban said. “Not only does it work better, it’s more efficient and it supports freedom and opportunity.”

Himes, of Greenwich, was first elected to Congress in 2008.He is a member of the House Committee on Financial Services, serves as the ranking member of the NSA and Cybersecurity Subcommittee of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and is Vice-Chair of the New Democrat Coalition.