GREENWICH, CT — Incumbent state Rep. Fred Camillo (R-151st), who is seeking his sixth term in the Connecticut General Assembly representing Greenwich, was unanimously endorsed by the Greenwich Republican Town Committee this week in his reelection bid.
“I am seeking reelection because despite the significant progress we made in Hartford in the past two years, there remains much more work to be done,” said Rep. Camillo in a statement to residents during the party convention on May 23. “Right now our state is not out of the woods. Years or reckless spending, wastefulness and unwelcoming tax policies have driven employers and thousands of residents out of Connecticut. Those who remain are left with a high cost of living, limited opportunities, and a state government that has become out of touch. I hope to continue my service in Hartford because of the progress made, and the fact that we are close to changing the leadership at the State Capitol after decades of the ship sailing in the wrong direction under the Democratic Party.”
Camillo will be opposed by Democratic candidate Laura Kostin.
Raised in the Cos Cob, Camillo continues to serve the district in many areas and on several boards:
- He organizes a yearly sports drive to benefit local student athletes at the Greenwich Boys & Girls Club, where he went as a young boy
- He has also dedicated countless hours to the Greenwich Council of the Boy Scouts of America
- He is a passionate advocate for animal rights, both in town and in Hartford, which earned him the Humane Legislator Award from the United States Humane Society.
- He also launched the annual Donna Marie Camillo Leukemia Walk in 2017, an event in Bruce Park that raises money for both the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and a local child that is battling childhood Leukemia. The walk is named in honor Donna Marie Camillo, an eleven year old Cos Cob girl who lost her life to the illness in 1968.
From the Republican endorsement announcement:
Rep. Camillo and his Republican colleagues have been leading voices for change in the House of Representatives, which has been under the control of Democrats since the 1980s. This past September, House Republicans successfully passed their own budget proposals – an unprecedented event in Connecticut politics. Though it was later vetoed by Democratic Governor Dan Malloy, who is not seeking reelection, the legislature passed a bipartisan plan largely based on GOP initiatives to revive Connecticut’s business sector and create jobs.
The five term legislator also saw three of the bills he wrote and introduced this past session pass both the House and Senate. The Good Samaritan will protect state residents from liability should there be any damage resulting from their efforts to save a child or animal in locked cars during extreme weather. His consumer protection bill will prevent credit reporting agencies from charging a fee to unlock a freeze on a person’s credit report as well as to require companies to provide identity theft protection if a breach in their systems affects the consumer’s personal identifiable information. Lastly, he introduced the Animal Abuse Registry bill that will now allow the state to keep track of those who abuse animals, many of whom, studies show, go on to
commit these acts of violence against their fellow human beings.
“We need to restore our beloved state to the prominence it once held and away from the reputation it has acquired as the state people flee from,” Rep. Camillo added. “We blocked a bill that would have paved the way for electronic highway tolls, restored the Medicare Savings Program for seniors, funded the Retired Teachers’ Healthcare Plan, avoided the Governor’s education cuts and proposed bus and rail fare increases, and successfully fought to bring back funding so that New Lebanon School can be rebuilt, again over the opposition of Governor Malloy. We also implemented a spending cap and will now be required to vote on all union labor contracts moving forward. This is a great start, but it is not enough. Let’s keep this momentum
going and restore the common sense policies and pride that was once the hallmark of Connecticut. It has been the greatest honor of my life to serve the people of my home district and to be their voice in the People’s House in Hartford. I hope to continue that service for another term.”
Photo: Rep. Fred Camillo (R-151st)
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