NEWS ALERT: Leon Karvelis of Redding, a Democrat, announced his intention today to seek his party’s nomination to run for the state 135th House District. If nominated, he would face the incumbent, Republican John Shaban, also of Redding, who is seeking a second term.
The 135th House District includes all of Easton and Weston and part of Redding.
Mr. Karvelis is a business executive with 35 years of experience in public finance, public policy research and state and local government analysis.
He serves on Redding’s Region 9 Board of Education, which oversees the operation of Joel Barlow High School for Redding and Easton. He also is vice president of the Board of Representatives of CES, one of six state-chartered regional educational services corporations in Connecticut. He is an election moderator of the town.
“I am eager to utilize my extensive private sector background in state and local government financial and economic analysis and policy development to assist Connecticut’s families and business community in dealing with the serious fiscal and economic development problems Connecticut now faces,” Mr. Karvelis said in his release.
“I am dedicated to providing leadership in protecting the environment which we treasure in this important watershed region, maximizing fiscal efficiency to reduce the upward trajectory of tax burdens, assuring each child of a sound education to prepare them for 21st Century jobs, improving utility and transportation services and creating quality employment opportunities for our state and region.”
Mr. Karvelis said his objective in declaring his candidacy is to provide voters with a choice.
“…My only special interests will be those of the people I intend to represent. I owe no allegiances to any industry, career, business or union,” said Mr. Karvelis. “I am utilizing public funding of my campaign. My governing philosophy is as a fiscally conservative moderate. In my local civic roles, I have proven time and again that I can and have worked effectively across party lines since I believe that no political group has a patent on good ideas. The only goal should be that of sound government, service to the people of our three towns and service to the State of Connecticut.”
Mr. Karvelis and his wife Marie have lived in Redding for 10 years.