Boucher, O'Dea might run for re-election

With Election Day nine months away, The Bulletin asked Wilton’s representative lawmakers if they have plans to run for re-election. Not one of them gave a flat-out “yes,” but none said “no,” either.

Toni Boucher

Senator Toni Boucher (R-26) said she is “considering” and will “most likely” run for re-election.

Boucher has represented Connecticut’s 26th Senate District since 2009. The district consists of Redding, Ridgefield, Westport, Wilton and parts of Bethel, New Canaan and Weston.

Before becoming senator, Boucher served as state representative of Connecticut’s 143rd District for 12 years.

In August 2013, Boucher explored a run for the 2014 governor’s race, but ultimately decided to seek a fourth term in the state senate instead.

Tom O’Dea

State Rep. Tom O’Dea (R-125) said he will need to talk with his family and employer, law firm Diserio Martin O’Connor & Castiglioni LLP, before making a decision.

“A year-and-a-half ago, I changed jobs for first time in 24 years ... and I love where I’m working now, so I’m going to meet with them and talk about what they need and what they’re willing to do,” he said.

“I also need to get ready to send three kids off to college over the next few years, and being legislator — much to what people might misunderstand — does not help you make money. It costs you money to be a public servant in the legislature.”

O’Dea said living in Fairfield County, “with the high cost of living,” and “spending the amount of time you do up in Hartford” makes it “very hard to balance a full-time job, part-time job as a legislator and providing for your family.”

“I do enjoy serving the 125th District. It’s a passion of mine that has given me back more than I’ve given to it,” he said.

“It’s been a very rewarding number of years, but I really need to talk to my family and employer and see if, financially, I can afford to continue to do it.”

O’Dea said it has been and is an honor to represent the people of Wilton and New Canaan up in Hartford and he will “continue to do [his] best in that role.”

“I would ask anyone who has any ideas to please reach out to me, because the best ideas come from our constituents; not from Hartford,” he said.

O’Dea has served as state representative of the 125th Assembly District, which consists of New Canaan and Wilton, since 2012.

Gail Lavielle

State Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-143) told The Bulletin she has “not made any announcement as of yet” about her plans to run for re-election.

Lavielle has served as state representative of the 143rd Assembly District since 2011. The district consists of parts of Wilton, Norwalk and Westport.

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