To the Editor:
This letter is in support of Chadwick Ciocci, the Republican candidate for the State Senate in the 22nd District. Over the past seven years I have gotten to know Chad well by serving with him on the Trumbull Town Council. If I were permitted only two words to describe him, it would be “principled leader.” All who have observed and worked with Chad know that he is a deeply principled man who believes that the role of government must be limited to its proper functions so that individuals and the free enterprise system can work efficiently at creating jobs and wealth for everyone.
But what many public observers do not see, when Council Republicans meet in caucus to discuss the business of the town, is how Chad, as our Majority Leader, is able to forge consensus. He often brings 14 very different people together on the same page through reasoned discussion and compromise. He is always respectful of peoples’ differing opinions and sometimes gives those with opposing viewpoints more time to explain their dissent and opposition than he does to those in agreement.
Indeed, Chad’s ability to work with fellow elected officials and to forge consensus does not end when we walk out of the Republican caucus. What impresses me the most about Chadwick Ciocci is his ability to balance his principles while working in a bipartisan spirit with the Democrats on the Town Council. Over the years Chad has worked with former Council members Mary Ellen Lemay, John Rotondo and Mary Beth Thornton. He worked with these fine people on environmental legislation, senior tax relief, and other important matters, too.
While doing what he feels is necessary to advance the interests of our town and its’ people, Chad always sticks with his principles and fosters bipartisanship — rare but important qualities in an elected official; qualities that are lacking in Hartford.
While I do not want to see Chad leave the Town Council, I understand that Connecticut is in deep trouble and sorely lacking the leadership that Chadwick Ciocci can provide. Unemployment is at 9% (above the national average), taxes are higher than ever, and our state has a $27 million deficit.
Chad will lead the effort to repeal the Musto-Malloy retroactive tax increases (the largest in our state’s long history), re-work and reduce regulations to spur job creation, and reduce spending to balance Connecticut’s budget. I have seen Chad’s work and leadership on the Town Council and in the community, and I am confident he will bring these same skills to Hartford.
I will be voting for Chadwick Ciocci this November, and I urge all other residents who believe we need bipartisan leadership to vote for him as well.
Trumbull Town Council