Long-time Fairfield resident Laura Devlin has won the Republican Party endorsement to run for the open House of Representatives seat in the 134th Assembly District, which represents Fairfield and Trumbull.

Current State Representative Tony Hwang, who has held the seat for six years, is vacating the seat to run for State Senate.

Current State Rep. Kim Fawcett of the 133rd District is the Democratic candidate challenging Hwang to replace Sen. John McKinney, who is seeking the GOP nomination for governor.

Devlin, a member of Fairfield’s RTM representing District 3, is a small business owner and former Metro North commuter. She said she is a fiscal conservative who believes in responsible government, and wants to bring her professional experience and business knowledge to the State Capitol.

Devlin, also a member of the Fairfield RTM Finance Committee, was previously elected to Fairfield’s Board of Assessment Appeals where she served for two years as secretary. She has also been actively involved in supporting non-profit, education and professional organizations including the Fairfield 375 Food Drive, Dress for Success, Fairfield College Preparatory School Bellarmine Guild, Girl Scouts of America, Green Chimney’s, Public Relations Society of America, and Society of Human Resources Management.

Laura holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and an Executive Master’s degree in HR Leadership from Rutgers University. She and her husband of 24 years, Phil Harkawik, have two children who were educated in Fairfield schools – William, a graduate of Fairfield College Preparatory School, and Elizabeth, a graduate of Fairfield Warde High School.