Westport Democratic Town Committee members on Thursday unanimously endorsed Jonathan Steinberg's candidacy for a second term in the state House of Representatives, setting him up for a November election matchup against Westport Republican nominee, Representative Town Meeting member Steve Rubin.

"The past year and a half has been challenging, with a struggling economy and the bold leadership of a new governor," Steinberg said in a statement. "I've tried to be a voice of moderation, building consensus with my colleagues from both sides of the aisle. Now I seek the opportunity to continue to serve my constituents as the legislature tackles a number of controversial topics, many of which will help define the future of Connecticut for all its citizens."

Steinberg is a first-term state legislator representing the 136th Assembly District, which encompasses most of Westport. He was elected to the House in November 2010, defeating Republican Nitzy Cohen by 54 percent to 46 percent.

Steinberg serves on the state General Assembly's Energy and Technology, Transportation and Aging committees. He was also recently named to the state's new Climate Change and Shoreline Preservation Taskforce, which evaluates the impact of rising sea levels on Connecticut's coastline and makes recommendations on addressing sea-level changes.

Before his election to the General Assembly, Steinberg served seven years as a member of the Representative Town Meeting and as the RTM'S deputy moderator from 2007 to 2010. He was also the chairman of the Downtown Plan Subcommittee, a group that presented in 2010 a series of proposals for spurring revitalization of Westport's town center.

Steinberg also serves as the president of the board of the Westport Cinema Initiative, a nonprofit group that is seeking to bring a movie theater back to downtown Westport.

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