I want to thank my fellow residents of the 143rd District in Wilton, Norwalk, and Westport for once again putting your trust in me to represent you in Hartford. Your support was strong and decisive in all three towns, and I am deeply moved by this expression of your confidence.

I am also immensely grateful to the family, friends, and dedicated volunteers who so generously contributed their time, effort, and impressive professional skills and experience to our campaign during this very long election season. Together we held fast to our goal of focusing on facts and the issues most important to voters, and I could not be more proud of them.

Being an effective legislator involves listening to constituents, translating their concerns into workable proposals, and building consensus to implement them. I could not do this without the involvement and openness of the people I represent. You always take the time to share with me your ideas, your concerns, and your aspirations, and I sincerely appreciate your willingness to discuss what really matters to you. Not only have you entrusted me with the responsibility of representing you, but you also continue to provide me with the ideas and feedback I need to do it as it should be done. For that, I thank you once again.

Our beautiful state faces many challenges, but I believe that we can overcome them if the General Assembly rises above politics to do what's best for its constituents. With the minority party's gain of 10 new House seats, we have more balance in the General Assembly than we have ever had during my time as your state representative. I hope that this will lead to more of the kind of collaborative work across the aisle that is so necessary for serving the interests of all the people of Connecticut.

I look forward to continuing to work for you as your state representative to restore jobs and prosperity to Connecticut and to making it once again a place where people of all ages can count on a future. Thank you for your mandate and your trust.

State Rep. Gail Lavielle

R-143rd District