Costantini: Find common ground on critical issues facing families

Lino Costantini
Lino Costantini

I’m running for the Connecticut House of Representatives because I believe I can help create more opportunities for our families. Like a majority of the residents of Connecticut, I am disappointed and frustrated with our current state legislators’ inability to manage our state’s economic issues. The people I speak to in my district are upset and so am I. I hope to make a difference.

I know first hand what it takes to build a business. In 1982, I co-founded Hamden Tool & Die Company, a precision tool company that built molds for the plastics industry. After building that company, I founded Hamden Medical Co. I hold two patents with the U.S. Patent Office for creating medical devices used for the treatment of prostate cancer. I served as president of both companies for 28 years before selling the medical company in 2008.

My business experience has helped me learn strategies to balance a budget and keep spending in check. I will work to pass budgets that protect our priorities, like education, job creation and public safety, without putting an undue burden on our families.

I also know the importance of a strong education system for our kids. Education funding is being threatened due to the state’s budgetary problems. I believe we must develop a more transparent process through which parents, teachers and administrators can work with business leaders to develop curricula that prepare our students for today’s competitive economy. I will work with local educators and business leaders to focus resources on rebuilding local trade/technical schools and community colleges, so more of our students can get the hands-on training they need to obtain good-paying jobs in the trades and technical/manufacturing fields.

In addition, I proudly served on the Trumbull Police Commission for 20 years. I have a proven record of supporting local law enforcement. In the Connecticut House, I will continue to work to protect our families and build a safer Trumbull.

I’m committed to representing all my neighbors, but know that our seniors need to be protected from the recent budget cuts. Many of our seniors rely on the services our community provides. While we all need to acknowledge the state’s financial situation, I will work to protect critical senior services. And I support efforts to prohibit variable rate residential utility contracts as well as efforts to broaden Connecticut’s access to sources of dependable, less expensive energy during the winter months.

During the nine years I served on the Trumbull Town Council, I always voted my conscience, not party lines. I pledge that if I am elected, I will work across party lines to find common ground on the critical issues facing our families.

I am native of Torrice, Frosinone, Italy, I became a naturalized citizen in 1977 and moved to Trumbull the same year with my wife, Karen, and three children, David, Amy and Laura. I am a proud grandfather of four grandchildren, two of which currently attend Booth Hill School in Trumbull.

As a businessman, police commissioner and, town councilman, I have the experience and temperament to serve our families and help build a stronger Connecticut.