At the Republican convention held on May 16 at Trackside, Gail Lavielle was unanimously endorsed to run for re-election to represent the 143rd Assembly district, which comprises most of Wilton, the eastern section of Norwalk, and the western part of Westport.Currently serving her third term in the state House of Representatives, Lavielle is the House Ranking Member of the General Assembly's Education Committee, one of the legislature's largest joint standing committees, and a member of the Appropriations and Transportation committees. She is also the House Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation. Lavielle was nominated by fellow Wiltonian Eric Cameron who said, "I have known Gail for many years, and it's a privilege to nominate her. Certainly no legislator works harder, and Gail also brings exceptional intelligence, integrity, mastery of the most complex issues, and diplomacy to the job. She doesn't approach issues or bills with preconceived ideas, but instead looks at them analytically and with an open mind. "Time and again she has demonstrated her deep understanding of the serious budgetary and economic issues facing Connecticut, and she always makes it her business not just to talk about them, but to offer concrete solutions. She is a forceful advocate and a true champion for our district, and we need her continued leadership in Hartford." Olga Arteaga of Norwalk and Michael Calise of Westport seconded the nomination. Accepting the nomination, Lavielle said, "I am honored and humbled by this nomination and deeply grateful for the support I have received from all three communities that I have the privilege to represent. "Today our beautiful state faces many challenges, but I believe we can overcome them if everyone in the General Assembly works together to put good government before politics. This means reducing the tax pressure on people and small businesses. It means making the state friendlier to businesses so that they come here, and stay here, and create jobs. It means rigorously controlling borrowing and spending, while strategically and transparently dedicating tax dollars to essentials like education, infrastructure, and critical services for the truly needy. It means lifting the burden of costly, one-size-fits-all mandates on our towns and cities. And it means basing key policies on plausible, realistic revenue projections. "Connecticut is endowed with enormous potential, and I am committed to setting our state on a sustainable, predictable path that will restore economic stability and opportunity for families, businesses, and towns. I thank you for putting your trust in me once again." Lavielle, who was first elected to the state House of Representatives in 2010, reported her campaign committee has completed its fundraising for the 2016 election cycle, having raised more than the number and amount of contributions required to apply for a grant from the Connecticut Citizens' Election Fund.