Last Sunday night, in front of a packed house at the Trumbull Republican Town Committee’s Lincoln Reagan Dinner held at the Trumbull Marriott, state Rep. David Rutigliano announced his intention to seek re-election to represent the 123rd District of Trumbull.

Rep. Rutigliano, who was the evening’s keynote speaker, detailed some of the issues facing the state of Connecticut this year.

Rutigliano said the Malloy administration’s economic policies have failed the people of Trumbull and Connecticut in general. He said the state is now first in all the wrong areas, including having the highest gas tax and highest debt per capita. Rutigliano also said the state is the last in economic growth and No. 1 in the loss of young people to other states.

He believes the Republican Party is the party of independence and called members of his party to spread that message.

As Rutigliano announced his re-election bid, he did so in the form of a pledge; a pledge he invited others to join him in.

“In the spirit of independence I vow to not only be the loyal opposition, but when given the chance, I promise to repair what I believe has been broken, he said. “With a belief that Connecticut can be number one again, for the right reasons, and a commitment to opportunity for all, I formally announce my intentions to run for the privilege of representing the great people of Trumbull in the House of Representatives of the State of Connecticut.”