NEWINGTON - Republican State Rep. Gary Byron announced he will be running for re-election this week.
Byron is in his second term with the House of Representatives and hopes to be elected for a third this November.
“To continue the work I’ve been doing on behalf of my town and my constituents,” he explained of his reason for running again. “I’m very proud of the close relationship I’ve built with them and I look forward to seeing them on their doorsteps during the campaign season.”
Over the last three years Byron has made it his mission to be a voice for seniors, the disabled and the middle class. He currently serves on several committees at the State Capitol, including Human Services, Environmental and the Aging Committee, in which he is a ranking member.
“I continue to protect eminent domain bills and continue to advocate for those who suffer from physical, intellectual and developmental disabilities, opposing cuts that directly affect these individuals,” Byron said. “Someone needs to look out for the little guy. It’s an incredible responsibility and I’m proud to do the work on their behalf. At the same time, I advocate for the state living within its means, just like our residents must.”
Newington residents are encouraged to communicate their concerns to Byron through email or in person, during office hours or at one of his regular coffee hour gatherings at King Donut.
He also meets with local business owners and managers during monthly meetings of the Small Business Advisory Council, a group he founded back in 2015.
“Often the state legislature overlooks small businesses and what’s important to them to be successful in our state,” Byron said. “The council’s purpose is to give them a voice through me to what’s important and key to their success and to give them an idea of what’s coming down the pike legislatively that may affect them.”
Byron brings in guest speakers from government and the business community. The next speaker will be Anne Hunt, Connecticut District Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration., on Tuesday, Feb. 6. Business Advisory Council meetings take place the first Tuesday of every month at 8 a.m. at Middlewoods of Newington, 2125 Main St.
Attendance varies, but the group currently has around 30 members.
When the legislative session begins next Wednesday, Byron will be preparing to bring back information about proposed bills that could impact business owners in Connecticut.
“Small business owners are looking for predictability,” he said.
“They want business tax cut and are looking to minimize the over-regulations that some of them are subject to.”
Erica Schmitt can be reached at 860-801-5097, @schmittnbh or firstname.lastname@example.org.