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Two Republicans Aim for Haskell’s Senate Seat

Two Republicans — Kim Healy of Wilton and former state Rep. William Duff of Bethel — announced today they are seeking the Republican nomination to run against Democratic incumbent Sen. Will Haskell for the 26th district state Senate seat.

Healy officially filed her paperwork for her campaign with the State Elections Enforcement Committee on Tuesday for the position that includes all of Redding, Ridgefield and Wilton and part of Bethel, New Canaan, Weston and Westport.

“I decided to run because I am very concerned about the future of our state,” Healy said. “My husband and I had been very happy living and raising our family here. Then the financial crisis happened, and we are still, after all these years, not seeing the recovery that we should.

“Our friends and businesses are leaving the state in record numbers for better opportunities and more favorable tax treatment,” she added. “The ongoing tax and spend policy that seems to be the new normal in Hartford has to stop. I believe that we can turn things around, and I am committed to making that happen.”

Healy has lived in Wilton since 2008 and in Connecticut since 1994. A CPA and a former auditor at Price Waterhouse Coopers, She has more than 20 years of volunteer experience, most notably as a tax preparer for retired individuals and those under certain income levels through the AARP. She also serves as treasurer of the Wilton Library. She and her husband have four children aged 13 to 22.

“I am so excited to be running, and I look forward to meeting residents in all of our district’s towns and learning about the issues that matter most to them,” said Healy. “It is because I am committed to putting those issues front and center in Hartford that I will do everything possible to earn their support.”

Duff, who represented District 2 from 2017-19, said today he is running for the senate to fight” wasteful spending and restore fiscal responsibility.” Prior to his state position, Duff served on his hometown’s Board of Selectman, Board of Education, Board of Assessment Appeals and as Town Constable.

“It was an honor and a privilege to have served in the State Legislature, and now look forward to serving the people of the 26th district as its next state senator,” Duff said in his announcement.

“I have fought against wasteful spending and tax increases my entire adult life,” he added, citing his fights against potential tax increases, such as the mileage tax, cellphone tax and toll proposals.

He said he ran for the House to eliminate the state tax on pensions and Social Security for retirees, “and we got that passed.”

“We need a state senator that understands the out of control spending has to stop now,” Duff said. “Businesses are leaving Connecticut because they can no longer afford to operate. The Democratic policy of taxing our way to prosperity has been proven to be a huge failure. I will fight to stop the wasteful spending and restore fiscal responsibility. ”

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