NORWALK, Conn. -- The League of Women Voters of Norwalk sent out a brief questionnaire to all Norwalk candidates in the Aug. 12 primary election.
The following are the responses of Republican candidate for state representative of the 142nd District, Fred Wilms.
Wilms is running against Emily Wilson. The 142nd District, which includes part of New Canaan, is vacant due to the retirement of current state Rep. Lawrence Cafero. Read Wilson's responses here on the Daily Voice.
Why did you decide to run for state representative, as opposed to some other office?
To me, public service is about seeking to better the lives of people in our community. We all want a healthy and safe place to live, work and raise our family. Sadly, Connecticut has not been doing well. Forbes ranked us number 50 - the worst in economic growth. Rising taxes, no job growth and irresponsible state budgets have all put us in decline. These problems, along with transportation, can only be addressed at the state level. On behalf of the citizens of Norwalk and New Canaan, I want to do whatever I can to get Connecticut growing and winning again.
Considering your education, employment experience, political involvement, and personal attributes, what qualifications do you have to be a good state representative?
I have a very strong background in finance. I received my BA degree in economics from Northwestern University and my MBA in finance from the University of Michigan. I have worked over 30 years in banking, with the last 11 at Webster Bank. At Webster, I am a senior vice president and work with small businesses in Norwalk and New Canaan. I served the past eight years as chairman of the Board of Estimate & Taxation, where we protected Norwalk's prestigious Triple A bond ratings.
I have broad municipal government experience. I have served on the Zoning Board of Appeals, the Water Pollution Control Authority, plus was elected to the Common Council.
I have state government experience. I served three years on the Connecticut State Transportation Strategy Board, where I promoted better use of our commuter rail and highways.
I opposed highway tolls.
I also have had significant community involvement. I served as president of the Senior Center from 2007 to 2011, the Human Services Council board, the Columbus Magnet School PTO plus am a proud Marching Bears parent. Last year I co-chaired Cavalcade. My two children attended Columbus, West Rocks and Norwalk High.
I am honored to be endorsed by former Norwalk Mayor Richard Moccia, plus New Canaan First Selectman Rob Mallozzi.
If elected, what will be your three top priorities, and why?
You can count on me to vote to:
Grow jobs by promoting small businesses
Keep taxes in check
Stop wasteful spending
Specific to Norwalk, I will work to bring more ECS funding back for our schools, plus do whatever I can to ensure the Norwalk River Metro-North bridge remains functional.
You can also count on me to get back to you right away for your questions or problems.