Cristin McCarthy Vahey to run for 133rd seat

Cristin McCarthy Vahey

Cristin McCarthy Vahey

Cristin McCarthy Vahey was nominated by the Fairfield Democratic Town Committee to run for State Representative in the 133rd District.

At a special meeting called for the purpose of nominating candidates for state office, McCarthy Vahey was endorsed by the party to represent Fairfield in the 133rd State House District. The seat is currently held by Kim Fawcett, who is running for State Senate.

“Your overwhelming support from the day I announced my candidacy is exciting and heartwarming” McCarthy Vahey told her supporters. “I am very grateful and I will continue to advocate for all the people of Fairfield when I am elected your next State Representative.”

McCarthy Vahey has served the town as selectman since 2011. Prior to that she served from 2005-2011 as a member of the Representative Town Meeting, where she held the positions of deputy moderator and minority leader.

“Cristin is a compassionate, natural leader,” said former RTM member Ann Stamler. “She carefully studies the issues, listens to all the stake holders, and finds solutions that are right for our community. Cristin has invested her time in volunteering in, and for, Fairfield and we are a stronger and better community because of her efforts. Her skills, experience and strength will serve the town well in Hartford.”

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As a social worker, mother, volunteer and elected official McCarthy Vahey’s priorities have been keeping children and families healthy, safe and strong, and meeting the needs of a diverse socio-economic community, she said.

In addition to her work at Casey Family Services with older youth in foster care to help them achieve permanence through adoption, she has held leadership roles in the Fairfield League of Women Voters, Girl Scouts, PTA and her church community. As co-chair of Fairfield Cares Community Coalition, she has become a certified suicide prevention trainer and works with the coalition to prevent suicide as well as substance abuse among teens.

McCarthy Vahey received the Fairfield DTC’s Denise Dougiello Young Turk Award in 2010 for her leadership in local, state and federal campaigns, and was honorary co-chair of the state party’s nominating convention in May this year.

Educated at the University of Notre Dame (receiving a bachelor’s in economics and Government) and the University of Washington (receiving a master’s in social work), McCarthy Vahey has been married for almost 20 years to her husband Brian, a U.S. Navy veteran. The Vaheys have three children, ages 7 to 15, who attend Fairfield public schools.

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