In running for the Connecticut House of Representatives in Assembly District 135, I’m often asked why folks should vote for me versus the incumbent. Simply stated, I believe that my life experiences have prepared me to do a better job of representing your interests than my opponent.
Connecticut’s economy is in trouble. Public education is undergoing major reform. Our state’s fiscal condition is under recessionary pressure. Local property tax burdens on area residents may force them out of their homes. Our air and water quality must be protected. Tax and regulatory pressures on small businesses abound.
Dealing with these issues requires an in-depth understanding of their complexities that comes from my experience as a former inner city public school teacher, a small business owner, and a board member of a high-performing school. I have worked as an executive for over 30 years in the private sector for leading financial institutions analyzing and advising thousands of state and local governments and agencies on their economic and financial condition. I have grown companies and created hundreds of jobs.
Of greatest importance, I am not beholden to any special interest group. My only full- time “special interests” will be those of the people in our district. I have proven in my public service that I can represent those interests by working through consensus with folks of all political convictions. This is what makes me different than the incumbent and why I believe that I can do a better job representing your interests in Hartford.
Leon Karvelis is the Democratic candidate in this race. His opponent is John Shaban, the Republican incumbent. Each is allowed to submit three candidate statements to The Weston Forum of no more 250 words each.