Hwang nominated for second term

28th District includes Fairfield, Easton, Weston

State Sen. Tony Hwang was nominated Monday, May 16, for a second term representing the 28th Senate District, which is comprised of Fairfield, Easton, Newtown/Sandy Hook, and parts of Weston and Westport.

Hwang was nominated by former state Sen. John McKinney of Fairfield, who preceded him in the district, and Newtown First Selectman Patricia Llodra during a nominating convention at Samuel Staples Elementary School. Hwang accepted the nomination with his family at his side.

“Two years ago, I nominated Tony to be my state senator, as I knew he was going to do a great job,” McKinney said. “I am nominating Tony again because he has done exactly that, a great job. He has demonstrated how hard he works, how smart he is, how inclusive he is, and how unafraid he is to stand up on issues important to our community. We need that kind of leadership in Hartford and Tony has earned our support.”

McKinney did not seek re-election to the state Senate when he sought the Republican nomination for governor.

Llodra seconded the nomination.

“Frankly, I consider it a privilege to speak for Tony as a dedicated and very effective public servant,” she said. “Fiscal responsibility, moderate social views and an enduring passion for community is what make him an effective advocate. Finally, Tony is a winner and we win with him.”

Accepting the nomination, Hwang said, “It’s an honor and a privilege and I’m extremely grateful for the people within the 28th District that support me as a neighbor and an elected official. My critical mission is to ‘commit to the community’ in everything I do and to practice representative government with a common-sense approach.”

Hwang also spelled out his approach.

“The first thing you want to recognize is that state government must reflect the needs and wants of the people they represent. However, state government has moved away from that.,” he said. We have to create jobs, enable business growth and take the tax burden away from citizens by reducing governmental spending. As we reduce spending, we also have a responsibility to ensure that we protect the most vulnerable and work to enable them to succeed. We need to operate under the principles of ‘predictability, sustainability and transparency.’

“I am willing to make the hard decisions for the long-term financial health of our state. We need to practice fiscal accountability along with social responsibility,” he added.

Hwang announced two weekend campaign events: A Newtown Community Outreach Rally on Saturday, May 21, from 11 to 1 in the Edmond Town Hall Alexandria Room, 45 Main Street, Newtown, and a Fairfield Community Outreach Rally on Sunday, May 22, from 1:30 to 3:30 at American Legion Alfred Smith Post #74, 197 Reef Road, Fairfield.

State Sen. Tony Hwang (center) was nominated for a second term in the 28th District by former state Sen. John McKinney (right), seconded by Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra. — Contributed photo

State Sen. Tony Hwang (center) was nominated for a second term in the 28th District by former state Sen. John McKinney (right), seconded by Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra. — Contributed photo

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