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Stefanowski taps Fairfield representative as running mate

April 5, 2022 GMT

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Bob Stefanowski, the likely Republican candidate for Connecticut governor, announced Tuesday his running mate will be Fairfield Rep. Laura Devlin, known for being an outspoken opponent of highway tolls.

Stefanowki and Devlin appeared together at a news conference outside Old Fairfield Town Hall, with both pledging to address issues that face everyday residents such as crime and the cost of living in Connecticut.

“Bob and I know there are things that we can do to make a difference,” Devlin said.

Devlin began her fourth term in the House of Representatives in January, serving on the Transportation, Education and tax-writing committees. A critic of Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont’s now-defunct plan to introduce highway tolls to help generate revenue for transportation projects, she held public hearings around the state to bring attention to the issue.

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Devlin has lived in Fairfield for more than 20 years.

Stefanowski said he chose Devlin, a former manager at Pfizer, from about 20 people because of her integrity and her legislative experience, crediting her with “managing the no-tolls process extraordinarily well.” He said Lamont’s plan wouldn’t have been scrapped if it wasn’t for Devlin and her efforts.

After the announcement, Stefanowski told reporters that he feels more optimistic about his chances for defeating Lamont this time around, considering a Republican primary appears to be unlikely.

“I’ve got a broader platform this time. I’m better up-to-speed on the issues. I’ve watched the mistakes that Governor Lamont has made; it gives me a lot of insights into what we can do to improve it,” he said.

Lamont’s running mate this year will again be Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz, a former Secretary of the State and member of the Connecticut House of Representatives.

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This story corrects that Stefanowski’s announcement was on Tuesday, not Wednesday.