Fawcett says determined spirit will help her serve

To the Editor:

The completion of election season 2012, my fourth as a candidate, brings the opportunity to once again reflect on all the work and sacrifice that is required to build a campaign for public office. Upon each reflection, I am continuously amazed that politics is a unique combination of both a stand-alone and team sport. Candidates feel exposed and vulnerable as they take a stand on an issue or field public criticisms, but at the same time the people organization it takes to usher that candidate into the spotlight requires dozens to make a leap of faith, often as volunteers, to help make a campaign successful.

At every turn, I have someone to thank for their support and contribution. It started with the nearly 200 Fairfielders who made small monetary contributions to my campaign to help me qualify for the state elections program and ran on through the summer and fall as nearly dozens of individuals stepped up with writing, stamping and organizing the mundane details of my campaign. To each of you that gave an hour or a dollar I am so incredibly thankful for your investment and faith in me.

There are also always people who go above and beyond to support the team. The leaders of my town DTC, Ellery Plotkin and Bob Greenberger and many other Democratic leaders, not only supported our entire ticket, they tirelessly wrote letters and defended me with kind words. My Treasurer Eric Newman, and friends Jay Wolk and Caitlin Flynn, were dedicated to seeing me through twists and turns and helped assure even each small task was complete. I also continue to have a dream team of campaign heavyweights who work silently behind the scenes and help bring together strategy and messaging like true professionals. Doug Hasson and Maureen Whiting bring brilliant minds to my team; they help me produce finely polished communications that allow me to share genuine thoughts and feelings on issues of the day in a way that is authentic and reflective of the policy maker I aim to be.

I am also blessed with an extraordinarily brilliant and gifted husband, he is my webmaster, blogger and chief and 24-hour campaign consultant.

Because of each of these people I am able to continue work I love and to say thanks is simply not enough to express how grateful I am to you all.

I often get asked why I have chosen politics as a career. Most see the public criticism as harsh, and while we recognize it to be mostly manipulated half-truths it is, frankly, embarrassing.

The truth is I feel privileged to have a job that gives me a platform to make a difference. I continue to find the truest inspiration and personal satisfaction in helping the people I represent. For me politics is personal. That means stopping, listening, caring and taking action for change often one person at a time. Elected officials who can turn from partisan games and apply this recipe offer the simplicity required to strengthen our communities and state.

I don’t have a “thick skin.” In fact, I completely reject the notion that I have to develop one to survive in politics. To me a “thick skin” is a sure sign of someone who has lost touch, who doesn’t feel people’s frustrations with government, their urgency to have their concerns heard and can’t see the fears many of us share about what the future holds for our children.

I do have a determined spirit and a persistent stubbornness that will not allow me to give up working toward the endless possibilities available to making our government better. I am incredibly proud and honored to work for Fairfield in the Connecticut General Assembly and I hopeful in 2013 you will see our state move down a path to building a stronger Connecticut for us all.

 

Rep. Kim Fawcett

133rd District

Fairfield

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