Wilton selectwoman running for newly drawn 42nd House District

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Kim Healy

Kim Healy

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WILTON — First-term Selectwoman Kim Healy has announced she’s campaigning to be the Republican candidate for the 42nd District’s state representative race.

The newly-configured state House district encapsulates all of Wilton, as well as parts of neighboring New Canaan and Ridgefield. The district had previously been in southwestern Connecticut and included Preston, Ledyard and Montville.

“I am ready to rise to the challenge and the responsibility of representing this district,” Healy said during a virtual press conference Tuesday. “During the 2020 state Senate election and the 2021 town elections in Wilton, I met and spoke with thousands of voters in Wilton, New Canaan and Ridgefield. Their concerns range from education and public safety to the cost of living and local control.”

Healy, a resident of Wilton for 14 years, was voted in as a Board of Selectmen member in November after serving the community through various appointed positions, including the Wilton Library’s former treasurer, as well as serving the same position for the Wilton Youth Council.

In 2020, Healy ran against State Sen. Will Haskell for the state’s 26th Senate District seat on the Republican and Independent ticket. She accrued 41.7 percent of the votes.

“(Residents) want a voice that really speaks for them in Hartford, where their interests are often subordinated to special interests,” Healy said. “I am determined to provide that voice and be their advocate.”

State Rep. Tom O’Dea, who represents the 125th District, said Wednesday that he was a proponent of the redistricting to ensure that Wilton “had the majority of a district.” He said that the town was the “largest municipality not to” have a majority in a district.

“I will miss representing Wilton horribly,” O’Dea said, noting his district is now changing from parts of Wilton to include Stamford. “For the betterment of Wilton, it will be good to have someone from Wilton repping them.”

“Hopefully,” O’Dea said, “that is Kim Healy.”

House Minority leader Rep. Vincent Candelora said in a release that it was “hard to imagine a candidate more qualified” than Healy. “She is smart, dedicated, and ready to roll up her sleeves to work for her constituents, who are well informed, vocal, and active in their communities. They expect to have a thoughtful and responsive representative, and she will deliver.”

Former State Rep. Gail Lavielle praised Healy for “doing it for the right reasons.”

“She is not motivated by politics and simply wants to improve life for the people of Connecticut,” Lavielle said in a release. “She understands our district and its towns, and she lives the concerns of our neighbors every day. Her commitment to public service is and always has been strong, and once she puts her mind to something, she never gives up. She will not take any nonsense from anyone in Hartford.”