Full Text: Herbst statement on Tesoro win

Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst, a Republican candidate for governor in 2018, issued the following statement after Vicki Tesoro’s election victory Tuesday. Herbst, who has been first selectman since 2009, did not seek reelection as first selectman in 2017 in order to focus on his bid for governor in 2018.

When I took office, Trumbull was a town on the brink of financial ruin. We took swift action and made the tough choices and now Trumbull is one of the most prosperous towns in the state. I was the first Republican to be re-elected as first selectman in Trumbull in 40 years. I won four straight elections, even when the Democrats threw everything and the kitchen sink at me in 2015.

Of course I would have preferred to be succeeded by a Republican, but elections are tough, and in this contest an independent candidate took close to 1,000 votes in a low-turnout affair and the Democrat won. I congratulate Vicki on her victory and hope she will honor and uphold the proven reforms we have implemented and bold actions we have taken to make Trumbull one of the most sought-after communities in the state, region and country to work and raise a family.

In Trumbull we have shown what can be accomplished when we elect bold outsiders to shake things up. We have made our town one of the most sought-after communities in the state and region to life, work and raise a family.

While our town made the hard choices to ensure a better future and to deliver the best results for local taxpayers, insiders in Hartford have brought Connecticut nothing short of economic calamity. Connecticut stands at a crossroads between continuing down the path of failed leadership or sending a new generation of leaders to shake things up in Hartford.

Unlike others who will consider and pursue state office, when I commit to something I don’t hedge my bets. Struggling Connecticut voters deserve to know their candidates are 100 percent committed to winning and governing. I will be hard at work fighting to carry Republicans to victory statewide in 2018 tomorrow morning.

According to the Herbst campaign, Herbst will end his term in office as the second-longest serving Republican first selectman in Trumbull history — second only to Larry Heimann who served from 1961 to 1973.