Lavielle gets election grant

State Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-143), who is running for re-election to the state House of Representatives, announced the Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission has approved her campaign’s application for a grant from the Citizens’ Election Program (CEP).

The first round of grants was approved for nine candidates for state legislative offices, including Ms. Lavielle, at a meeting held on May 29.

To qualify for CEP campaign funding, candidates for the State House of Representatives must raise at least $5,000 in contributions of $100 or less, including individual contributions from at least 150 residents of the towns they are seeking to represent.

Ms. Lavielle said in 2012 she received $26,850. She has not received the specific amount of her grant this year, but she expects it will be a little higher. All state representative candidates receive the same amount for the general election.

“I want to thank the residents of Wilton, Norwalk, and Westport for their confidence and their enthusiastic support,” Ms. Lavielle said in a press release.

“Because they made it possible for me to finish fundraising so quickly, I will be able to focus in the coming months on listening to my constituents and discussing the issues most important to them, like reducing taxes, helping small businesses grow and create jobs, making a quality education accessible to students at all levels, providing essential services to the truly needy, improving transportation, and protecting open space and local plans of conservation and development.