Warren Peña is a candidate for state representative in the 140th District
To the Editor:
In 30 days, Democratic voters of the 140th State House District will have a choice. Do you remain with an eight-year incumbent who represents the status quo, or do we vote in a new state representative that symbolizes change with progress. Change is not always easy however; “real” representation in the 140th district is desperately needed.
For those not familiar with my background, I was born and raised in South Norwalk by a single mom who worked two jobs to raise me and my two siblings. It wasn’t always easy growing up on Lexington Avenue, although I learned at an early age that there is no substitute for hard work. I went to Wolfpit Elementary, Nathan Hale Middle School, graduated from Norwalk High School, moved on to Norwalk Community College, obtained an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration, transferred to Northeastern University where I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in legal studies, then to Fairfield University for Financial Planning.
About four years ago I got involved in Norwalk politics. I decided to run for Common Council and won an at-Large seat. As a Councilman, I learned to listen very closely to the needs of the community. I learned quickly that we are in dire need of property tax relief, better state funding for our schools and a real plan for economic development that creates quality jobs for the residents of Norwalk. Residents in the 140th district, by comparison to other districts, suffer the most from quality of life issues. I have personally experienced this by walking the district and dedicating most of my community work in the South Norwalk area.
As your state representative I will fight for the funding Hartford promised. It is time leaders fulfilled their end of the bargain because our property taxes need to come down. I will increase access to early childhood education and pre-K enrollment to ensure that students and teachers succeed in the district. We have begun locally in partnership with the city of Norwalk and Norwalk Public Schools by bringing in the After the Bell program right into the heart of the community. Now, we need a partnership with Hartford to help elevate the residents of the 140th district. I will foster economic development right here in our neighborhoods because the key to overcoming poverty is access to quality jobs. I will work to make certain that seniors on fixed income stay in their homes, have access to quality healthcare and create tax breaks for veterans. In order to improve the district and your quality of life, it requires proactive leadership which I have not seen by the current representation.
Warren A. Peña
Candidate State Representative 140th