Former state Sen. Dan Debicella (R-21) announced Thursday, Sept. 5, that he will challenge Democratic incumbent Jim Himes in 2014 in Connecticut’s 4th Congressional District.

Mr. Debicella was the 2010 Republican nominee for Congress, defeated by Mr. Himes by a 53% to 47% margin.

In a press release, Mr. Debicella promises his campaign will focus on solutions. “Over the next fourteen months, I will be laying out plans to create jobs, reduce our deficit through lowering spending, and improving the quality of life of families in Fairfield County. Whether in my business, state Senate, or community involvement, I have been a problem-solver — and I want to bring that attitude to Congress rather than the current partisan gridlock,” he said in the release.

“If people believe Washington is getting it right, they should vote for Jim Himes. If they believe there is a better way — one where we are Americans first and Republicans and Democrats second —  they should send me to Washington.”

Mr. Debicella grew up in Bridgeport and Shelton and graduated from Shelton High School. He graduated magna cum laude from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in finance and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School in Boston, graduating in the top 5% of his class.

Mr. Debicella’s career includes management consulting, running a small business, and working for a Fortune 500 company. He also founded and ran his own small Internet business, Textbooks Online, during the late 1990s.

He served two terms representing the residents of eastern Fairfield County in the state Senate from 2006 to 2010.

A fiscal conservative, Mr. Debicella said he believes in a small, efficient government.

Mr. Debicella lives in Shelton with his wife Alexandra, who is pursuing her Ph.D in strategic management, and their newborn son Danny.