DARIEN, Conn. -- Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley took a tour of downtown Darien on Friday to get some face-to-face time with voters and talk to them about important issues in the upcoming election.
His campaign bus stopped at Espress Neat, where Foley got off and joined Darien First Selectman Jayme Stevenson, state Rep. Terrie Wood and other supporters for a walk around some of the local businesses. They stopped at the Sugar Bowl, Grieb's Pharmacy, and Ten Twenty Post, where Foley shook hands and encouraged residents to come out to vote for him.
"That personal contact is essential," Foley said. In talking to residents of Darien, he said he feels that he has their support and that they want a change in their governor.
"I'd say a lot of people are unhappy with the direction the state is going in," Foley said. He thinks people had a positive outlook before his opponent, Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy, was elected, but said that they haven't seen the results they were hoping for.
"I think they feel that taxes are too high, spending is too high, too many people are leaving the state. I have a plan to turn that all around."
Foley said that he's confident in his chances in Tuesday's election, and believes he will win by four or five points.
Many residents were happy to meet Foley during his stop in town.
"It was nice, I liked it," said Drew Gilliam, who met Foley at Grieb's Pharmacy. Drew's wife, Kathleen, is a big Foley supporter, and enthusiastically went up to the candidate to greet him. Drew said, "I think he'll do a good job if he's elected."
"I think a lot of people are frustrated with the situation the state is in right now," said Wood. As she has been campaigning for re-election for her state House seat, she has heard from voters that they don't think a one-party rule has been effective. "Balance leads to better policy."
Stevenson said that she thinks Connecticut voters are looking for change and that Foley will win.
"I think people were very supportive of him, and they appreciate him coming here, meeting with people and hearing about their problems," Stevenson said.
While in Grieb's, Foley listened to a woman who lost her home in Hurricane Sandy and still has not had it rebuilt. "That's the kind of governor we need, someone who cares about our everyday problems."
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