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Tolland Resident Hopes to Challenge Incumbent for 53rd District Seat

Christine Vincent announced her candidacy late last week during an event held at Willington Pizza.

In front of a crowd of approximately 50 Republicans, Tolland resident Christine Vincent announced her candidacy for the state 53rd District seat in the House of Representatives.  

The district includes the towns of Tolland, Willington and Ashford and is currently represented by Democratic Incumbent Bryan Hurlburt.  

In her brief remarks, Vincent, who is a 7-year member of the Tolland Board of Education, said, "Hartford is broken and we must elect candidates who can fix it." 

"I am excited about the opportunity to represent the 53rd District," Vincent said, adding that "conservative candidates have thrown their hats in the ring all over the state of Connecticut, and the electorate is hungry for a change."

"I am willing, ready and able to bring common sense and balance back to the Capitol," she said.

The event, which was held at Willington Pizza, also drew the support of State Sen. Tony Guglielmo, R-35, of Stafford and State Rep. Tim Ackert, R-8, of Coventry.

Wednesday night at a meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Ashford Town Hall, Vincent will ask for her party's nomination to make her intention a reality.

- This is a contributed release.

Steven Johnston May 15, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Bryan Hurlburt voted YES on every tax increase including the retro-active tax. He voted against every spending reduction that passed him for a vote. I wish Ms. Vincent the very best of luck. Maybe this will be the year Connecticut starts to bring some sanity back to the capital. For every law passed 10 should be repealed. There is too much redundancy in our laws and too many regulations. As things stand now there is no telling when we are breaking the law and when we aren't. Chances are you broke the law at least 3 times already today and don't even know it.
Long time resident May 16, 2012 at 03:05 PM
I too would be thrilled to see Mr. Hurlburt go and the liberal strangle hold on the seat ended. What I prefer in its place though is a person with proven business acumen, who functions with the full accompaniments of adult life, such as children and full time employment. I don't believe Ms. Vincent has this to offer, whereas, Rob Arute does. I'm sorry he isn't running, or at least hasn't announced yet that he is. The best people to fill this seat are unfortunately too busy "staying alive" in this dying state.
John Durand May 17, 2012 at 05:03 PM
I went to the RTC's of Tolland and Willington, (could not get an audience in Ashford), in April prior to the last election, urging the RTC's to begin supporting Rob Arute in May. I urged them to drop all the social activities and concentrate on getting a canditate elected, not putting up a few signs in Oct. I wanted to see cars driving around town all summer long. Sorry to say Rob was left to his own efforts, and did a great job, albeit with little support from the RTC's. Guess what, lost by 200 votes. Could have had that election. I urge all to NOT LET THAT HAPPEN AGAIN. Get a canditate on the ballot and make a summer long blitz of the 3 towns. History should be enough to cause the RTC's to be proactive, not merely a convention going social club. Sorry, had to say what needs to be said.

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