To the Editor:

During the last six months, I dedicated myself to running for State Representative in the 123rd District in Trumbull. I ran because I care deeply about this community and about this state and I wanted to represent the people of my town. My campaign was an amazing journey and I want to count my blessings and thank all the people who touched my life along the way.

First of all I want to thank my amazing wife who was there every step of the way — literally door-to-door. I also want to thank my son, Kevin, who was 300 miles away most of the time, but was never more than a click away when I needed a logo designed or a press release reviewed or a bit of campaign advice.

I want to thank all the people who supported me in this campaign: my amazing Treasurer, Dawn Cantafio, the other members of my DTC who stepped up and knocked on doors, made phone calls, and gave me advice and encouragement all along the way, and my friends from DFA-Fairfield County who stepped up and canvassed with me and always had my back. I also want to thank my fellow candidates: Tara Cook-Littman, Marilyn Moore, and Matthew C. Reale. I could not have had a better set of companions to take this journey with. There are many others I haven't mentioned by name, but they know who they are and their friendship means the world to me.

I want to thank all the residents of Trumbull who opened their doors and invited me into their homes or answered my phone calls. Few people look forward to a stranger knocking on their door, but my reception was almost universally welcoming. I met some amazing people in our town and had some amazing conversations. I was touched deeply by your support and I will not soon forget your kindness.

Finally, I want to wish my opponent, Dave Rutigliano, the very best in his second term in the General Assembly. For my part, I will continue to advocate for the issues and causes that I think are important for our town, our state and the nation.

Doug Sutherland