Fawcett announces state Senate campaign


State Rep. Kim Fawcett announced her decision to run for state Senate on the steps of Old Town Hall on April 25. She was joined by supporters including U.S. Rep. Jim Himes.

Kim Fawcett was joined by approximately 50 friends, supporters and local officials on the steps of Old Town Hall April 25 as she announced her candidacy for state Senate District 28, representing Easton, Fairfield, Newtown, Weston and Westport.

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes introduced Fawcett, highlighting her eight years of what he described as “hard work and independent leadership on behalf of Fairfield’s 133rd House District. “

Among those on hand to show their support for Fawcett were First Selectman Mike Tetreau and Weston First Selectman Gayle Weinstein, as well as Democratic Town Committee leaders John Hartwell (Westport), Fran Goldstein (Weston), Barbara Reynolds (former Weston DTC chair) and Bob Schrage (Easton).

“Thank you for coming together as we officially launch our campaign for the 28th Senate District,” Fawcett said. “I am so energized to get out and talk to people over the next six months. This work is about building genuine relationships and being a team player, but it’s also about being an independent thinker and ultimately getting results for the people who elect me.”

Fawcett said the District 28 race will be significant this year with the departure of Senate Minority Leader John McKinney. No Democrat has held the seat since 1974, and no woman has ever been elected to serve that district.

“Despite the odds, a Democrat can win this seat, and this year I intend to prove — and I hope you’ll join me in proving — that it’s possible,” Fawcett said.

In addition to her efforts to hold taxes and spending in check, Fawcett has achieved results on a number of issues, including increasing access to healthcare for Lyme disease patients, gaining more funding for the arts in Fairfield, enabling public access television in Fairfield, gaining upgrades to the Eagle One search and rescue helicopter and helping to develop an investment plan for the state’s aging transportation system.

Fawcett had planned a second announcement event later in the day in Newtown, but said she canceled in order to return to the state Capitol to vote on a series of judicial appointments.

“I want folks in Newton, as well as Easton, Weston and Westport, to know how excited I am to get to know them better,” she said. “I will be out knocking on their doors soon.”

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