Former 125th GOP rep backs Lavielle in 143rd race

Gail Lavielle
Gail Lavielle

NORWALK, Conn. – Former 125th District Republican State Rep. John Hetherington announced Saturday his endorsement of State Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-143rd), who is running for reelection.

The 143rd House district includes parts of Wilton, Westport, and Norwalk.

“As a state representative, I was privileged to represent part of Wilton while Gail Lavielle covered the rest,” Hetherington said in a press release from the Lavielle campaign. “I therefore had a chance to see how she responds to the community as well as to see her in action on the House floor. She is first-rate in both respects.

“Smart, Gail quickly understood the workings of the legislature” he said. “Sophisticated, Gail readily grasped how things really get done. She saw immediately that legislation virtually never survives as introduced, and that a subtle language change in committee or in caucus screening can make all the difference for a community. She quickly built the reputation for reasonableness and the bipartisan relationships that are necessary for moving legislation forward and achieving results for constituents.”

Hetherington said Lavielle’s performance has earned her leadership roles as ranking Republican member of the Commerce Committee and of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation. She also has been appointed to serve as a member of the Appropriations, Education, and Higher Education committees.

“… Gail sees issues in a broad context. At the same time, she understands immediately the importance of every local issue and constituent concern,” Hetherington said. “Gail is especially well-suited to her office both by personal strengths and recognized achievements. Her balanced approach to issues is reflected in her endorsement by both business and environmental groups, as well as the CT Association of Retired Teachers and the Commuter Action Group.

“Gail understands what representative government means and frequently seeks out her constituents to be sure she learns about their most pressing concerns,” Hetherington continued. “Few people could understand and represent as well as Gail the issues of the City of Norwalk and the two towns of Wilton and Westport. I am proud to endorse Gail Lavielle for reelection as state representative.”


One response to “Former 125th GOP rep backs Lavielle in 143rd race”

  1. Donald Jones

    Will Peggy Reeves endorse her? She was so, so, so much better than what we are left with now.

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