Vote Bocchino

FI-EditorialVoters in the 150th District in Greenwich should be glad they have a decision to make on Election Day between two well-prepared, strong candidates. It is not an easy call, but voters can feel confident when they make their mark for Republican Michael Bocchino.

Mr. Bocchino and his Democratic opponent, Jill Oberlander, are running for the open seat being vacated by state Rep. Stephen Walko after one term. And it is a most intriguing district, with party registration in it close to a third Republican, a third Democrat and a third unaffiliated, making it, at least in theory, competitive. That’s shown in a campaign that has been feisty at times but, fortunately, not overly negative. Both candidates have presented themselves as informed and skilled, but it’s Mr. Bocchino who earns our endorsement.

Through his time working in community service through the PTA and the Byram Neighborhood Association, Mr. Bocchino has shown he will work to get the job done through consensus around strong ideas, not partisanship. He has unquestionably supported needed town projects like MISA and The Nathaniel Witherell, and he has good ideas of what he can accomplish in Hartford for our children, our seniors and everyone in between.

Ms. Oberlander has run a good campaign and presented herself well on the issues. But she’s still a bit of an unknown, and Mr. Bocchino has a track record of accomplishment and community service. We know what we’re getting with him. He speaks directly and passionately and will represent Greenwich well in Hartford. Mr. Bocchino knows this town and its diverse residents. He will be a strong advocate

This is the only competitive legislature race in town, with state Reps. Livvy Floren (R-149th) and Fred Camillo (R-151st) not having opponents and state Sen. L. Scott Frantz (R-36th) having a challenge only from the Green Party. Of course, chances are we would have endorsed all three of them anyway since they represent Greenwich so well. We do not always agree with Mr. Frantz’s economic views, but he comes by them honestly and he is always eager to explain why he feels his positions are in the best interest of Connecticut and Greenwich. He has been there for the residents of this town and Greenwich can feel good with him in the state Senate.

As for Mr. Camillo, we will continue to forgive him for being a Yankees fan as long as he continues to represent this district with the kind of energy and character he has shown over his first three terms. Mr. Camillo is an advocate for common-sense solutions and has rejected partisan flag waving to instead get things done with a real record of achievement in Hartford, something that’s not easy for a Republican.

Ms. Floren had a Democratic opponent until recently in Marc Abrams. It was disappointing to see attempts made in that race to paint Ms. Floren as some kind of extremist. Anyone who knows Livvy knows that simply is not the case. Does she support Republican views? Yes, but that’s because she, like most of her district, is Republican. To claim she is homophobic or tries to block people from voting is out of line. We can be proud of Ms. Floren and the whole delegation. They represent not only their constituents but the town as a whole.

We can count on this team to be there for Greenwich when they’re needed. Ms. Floren and Mr. Camillo have excellent records of working across the aisle, and we believe Mr. Bocchino will join them in that, working with Mr. Frantz to provide the same kind of representation Greenwich not only deserves but needs in Hartford.

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