LETTER: For Cristin McCarthy Vahey, service is a calling

Letter-to-the-EditorNEWTo the Editor:

For Cristin McCarthy Vahey, service is a calling. From her early days as a social worker to her first term as a State Representative for the 133rd district in Fairfield, Cristin has shown herself to be the consummate public servant and advocate for her constituents. And she has done so in an effective and bipartisan manner proving that fighting for important causes and shared values is best achieved through cooperation and collaboration.

In today’s political climate, she is that rare person who can get things done working with members of both parties while staying true to the values that matter most to her — education, economic development, fiscal responsibility, transportation, public safety, the environment and clean energy.

Both here and in Hartford, Cristin has made a name for herself as a thoughtful leader who is able to take a vision and make it a reality. She gets results and along the way earns the respect and admiration of all she works with. Issues will come and go but this is the enduring quality that makes Cristin such a valuable representative for those in her district and indeed state wide.

Her accomplishments are many, from serving on the RTM and the Board of Selectman to her roles in the League of Women Voters, Fairfield Cares, PTA and her church.

In her first term in Hartford, Cristin has been named a member of the permanent Commission on Economic Development and she championed an LLC law making CT more competitive. As a member of the House Transportation Committee, she continues to fight for improvements to Metro North, roadways, bridges and telecommunications systems and has been a state leader for pedestrian and bike safety and accessibility.

Cristin strongly opposes fare increases for Metro North commuters. As a member of the House Education Committee, she is a champion of public schools and higher education, recently developing student data privacy legislation and championing legislation to address outmoded student assessments.

Cristin is a strong advocate for wise investment and fiscal responsibility. She was instrumental in saving Fairfield schools $3.5 million in health insurance costs. She has the wisdom and discipline to understand that spending the money necessary to keep us competitive in the areas of education and business development means finding savings and creating efficiency so that we can continue to make these important and necessary investments.

Cristin has been one of Fairfield’s greatest assets and brings her passion, experience and skills to Hartford where she fights for us every day. I hope you will join me in sending Cristin back to Hartford on November 8th to continue delivering results not only for her district but for the entire state.

Elizabeth Zezima

RTM District 4

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