Sen. Bob Duff kicked off his re-election campaign on Monday with a whistle-stop tour of the 25th District. Boarding in Darien, Duff and his supporters rode the commuter train to East Norwalk where he greeted a crowd of constituents and elected officials and shared his reasons for running for a fourth term as state senator. I dont think that my work is done yet up in Hartford, said Duff.
If returned to office, he said his priorities would include creating new jobs, advancing educational opportunities and fixing the state budget. While Connecticut may not have the natural resources that other states do, he said its greatest resource is its people and long-term job growth depends upon educational opportunities for all citizens. The crowd of supporters cheered as he said, We need to make sure everyone has that chance.
Duff also spoke of the challenge of drafting a budget in the current economic climate. At a time when people are asking for more, we have diminishing revenues, he said. He called for a state government that spends wisely and carefully. He pointed to his efforts that helped save $1.5 billion in proposed new taxes. We need to help those in need but we cant do it in a way that is not efficient.
Pausing while the noise from a passing train made it difficult to be heard, Duff resumed by saying transportation would always be a priority for this district. The new rail cars that had been authorized have arrived. They are currently being tested and will soon be put into use. He said the other need is to widen interstate 95 to eliminate the bottleneck at exits 14 and 15.
About 70 supporters, including Rep. Chris Perone, Rep. Peggy Reeves, Norwalk Common Councilman Travis Simms and Norwalk town clerk Andy Garfunkel, walked the few blocks from the train station to East Avenue Pizza where Duff ordered dinner for everyone. We are part of a community and we have to make sure we are all working together, said Duff.
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