Submitted by Kimberly Fiorello, Republican and Independent Party Candidate for State Representative for District 149
In the open race for State Representative for District 149, both CT REALTORS® and the National Federation of Independent Business, this week, publicly announced their endorsement of my candidacy. I am honored and delighted by these pro-business and pro-growth endorsements, and humbled by the gravity and meaning of their trust in me.
CT REALTORS represents more than 17,000 members involved in all aspects of real estate in Connecticut. The National Federation of Independent Business is our state’s and our nation’s leading small business association. It exclusively defends the voices of independent business owners and their employees.
These two separate organizations represent the businesses that form the critical underpinnings of our state’s economy. The member realtors and small business advocates did not have to weigh in on this House race, but they did.
CT Realtors said, “The Association carefully evaluates candidates in determining who may best ensure there is a positive environment for living in or transferring property in Connecticut. Real estate is essential to economic recovery and stability in the states and helps to build communities.”
National Federation of Independent Business said they believe “that [I] will be committed to the needs of thousands of Main Street small businesses and their employees in Connecticut when [I am] elected to serve in Hartford.”
In endorsing my candidacy, they chose the person who will fight to pare back excessive taxes and clumsy regulations. They valued the candidate who will champion good policy and not sacrifice the interests of her district to appease the party line.
They chose the person who will not be bossed around by Hartford cronies, but rather will uphold our towns. For example, by not ceding to Hartford the right to regulate our own zoning in Greenwich and Stamford, for which there is legislation currently drafted for state-controlled zoning.
They endorsed the candidate who has faith in her neighbors to make the best decisions for themselves, and who will not abide by Hartford picking winners and losers, and micromanaging their livelihoods.
These endorsements are particularly meaningful at this time as our economy is not secure, the real estate market while experiencing an uptick at the moment has been weak for over a decade, and small businesses in Greenwich and Stamford are suffering. There are serious decisions that have to be made. The person whom voters pick to represent them locally will impact their towns for the next generation.
I pledge to wisely reduce taxes and fees, and eliminate unnecessary regulations whenever possible. I believe we can come together to make the hard and right choices needed to secure our future, so we and our children can pursue our hopes and aspirations right here in Connecticut.
Thank you very much to CT REALTORS and the National Federation of Independent Business and to all their members, who are real estate professionals and small business owners, for their trust and endorsement. We can reignite economic opportunity for all. We are all neighbors and we are in this together.
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