CANDIDATE STATEMENT: 135th state House District: Opponent’s votes don’t reflect district

Leon Karvelis

Leon Karvelis

An election is the culmination of a job interview process to decide the person who can best represent your interests and values.

In 2010, my opponent ran for an open seat in the Connecticut Legislature. He had no voting record then, but after serving two years, we can now see where Mr. Shaban stands. For example, he voted against group health insurance coverage for tests to determine whether women with dense breast tissue have cancer. He voted against posting dating website warnings to avoid dating predators. He voted to allow workplace discrimination against certain people on the basis of sexual preference. Fortunately, the legislature passed all of these measures over Mr. Shaban’s “Nay” votes.

On environmental issues, Mr. Shaban voted to roll back Connecticut’s landmark environmental protection law, against food labeling, against identifying chemicals dangerous to children, and protecting pollutant screening foliage on the edges of waterways. His record on environmental issues is one of the worst of any representative, according to the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters, whose spokesman referred to him as “a problem” and gave him an “F.”

In contrast with Mr. Shaban’s abysmal environmental record and utter disregard for women’s health, I have been endorsed by the Sierra Club for my environmental positions, and I would have firmly supported women’s health advocates and stood up to the health insurance lobby. It is why I believe that I can better represent you and your values in Hartford.

The 135th House Districtincludes Easton, Weston and part of Redding. Mr. Karvelis is running against the Republican incumbent, John Shaban.

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