BETHEL — Former Republican State Rep. Will Duff plans to run for the state senate seat held by the youngest member of the General Assembly.

Duff, a Bethel resident, announced his candidacy shortly after Wilton Republican Kim Healy said she, too, was looking to replace Will Haskell, D-Westport, who is in his first term representing the 26th district.

The district includes Bethel, New Canaan, Redding, Ridgefield, Weston, Westport and Wilton.

Duff served one term as a state representative of the 2nd District, which covers Bethel and parts of Danbury, Newtown and Redding, before he was defeated in November 2018 by Democrat Raghib Allie-Brennan.

Duff has sat on the Bethel Board of Selectman, Board of Education and Board of Assessment Appeals, in addition to serving as town constable. He said he has argued against “wasteful spending and tax increases” his entire adult life.

“We need a state senator that understands the out of control spending has to stop NOW,” he said in a statement. “Businesses are leaving Connecticut because they can no longer afford to operate. The Democratic policy of taxing our way to prosperity has been proven to be a huge failure. I will fight to stop the wasteful spending and restore fiscal responsibility. ”