Lakeville Journal: Maria Horn is the better choice for 64th

First appeared in the Lakeville Journal on 10/25/2018 here.

Letter to the Editor:

I would like to respond to the numerous Letters to the Editor in support of Brian Ohler posted in your Oct. 18 edition.

Based on my observations over the past two years and on the results of the recent debate at Housatonic Valley Regional High School, I have concluded that Maria Horn is the better choice for the 64th District. 

Mr. Ohler’s good deeds and local public service are well-known and admirable, including his support for local fire, rescue, and police personnel, and his service to our nation in the military. Mr. Ohler would be an outstanding mayor for any number of small towns in the Northwest Corner.  

However, Mr. Ohler is not running for mayor.  

He has proven he is not the state representative for all of us in the Northwest Corner, because he consistently rubber-stamps the values and interests of the powerful and wealthy in the Republican Party.  Most of us in the Northwest Corner are neither wealthy nor powerful, and do not operate under Hartford-Washington, D.C.norms. His voting record reflects the self-interest of an increasingly amoral national Republican Party. Mr. Ohler has not demonstrated the political courage needed to tell the Republican Party in Hartford when it is promoting selfish policies intended to benefit only the wealthy and powerful in Connecticut.

I urge everyone in the Northwest Corner to vote this year for the better candidate, Maria Horn. Maria’s tenure in Hartford will bring reason, imagination, and a broad range of financial and legal expertise to our representation at the state level. In addition, Maria is equally knowledgeable and fully engaged about our local Northwest Corner issues, such as the potential closing of the maternity unit at Sharon Hospital and the need for digital infrastructure upgrades. She will be equally effective at analyzing and solving similar local problems. 

Michael Kelley

Torrington

EditorMeghan FlanaganEditor