Since announcing their respective candidacies last spring, Republican Fred Camillo and Democrat Ed Krumeich have debated all over town and walked nearly every street in the 151st District they hope to represent at the state House next term.
The race will soon be over for the Greenwich natives, and a new career will begin for just one.
Despite a cold, Camillo, 46, a mortgage banker, has spent the last few weeks like he's spent all others since May - pounding the pavement in the district, which includes all of Greenwich with the exception of the backcountry and the shore.
"It's been very, very positive," Camillo said Tuesday of his campaign. "I saw some old friends and I met some new ones."
The MacArthur Drive resident will spend Election Day visiting the polls, introducing himself to voters. Later that evening, he'll be among friends - including uncontested state Reps. Livvy Floren of the 149th District and Lile Gibbons of the 150th - at the Republican Town Committee headquarters at 407 E. Putnam Ave. ....
...Since announcing his candidacy, Krumeich has stressed the need for bipartisan Greenwich representation in Hartford. The Democratic supermajority there targets Greenwich as a source of revenue without giving much back in the way of services, he said.
By working from inside the majority caucus, the former chairman of the Board of Social Services and longtime Board of Estimate and Taxation member said he hopes to achieve four things for Greenwich and the state if elected: health insurance and access to affordable, quality health care for every resident; improved mass transportation to relieve congestion on streets and highways; a clean Long Island Sound and blue skies through the increased use of renewable energy; and an education system that prepares all Connecticut students for the 21st Century and the global marketplace.
Krumeich's endorsements include the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters, the Protective Services Employees Coalition, the National Association of Social Workers, Connecticut Chapter, the Uniformed Professional Fire Fighters of Connecticut, and the Connecticut AFL-CIO.
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