‘It’s time that we all get up’

Greenwich Time - - OPINION - Mike Bocchino is the in­cum­bent Repub­li­can rep­re­sen­ta­tive in the 150th House Dis­trict. Demo­crat Stephen Meskers won the seat on Elec­tion Day.

It has been my honor and priv­i­lege to serve the peo­ple of the 150th dis­trict of the Town of Green­wich as your state rep­re­sen­ta­tive. On Nov. 6, those who voted in the elec­tion chose a dif­fer­ent path and di­rec­tion for the State of Con­necti­cut then I had en­vi­sioned. While I do not agree with rais­ing taxes and tolling our roads, I re­spect the demo­cratic process and wish Rep­re­sen­ta­tive-elect Steve Meskers suc­cess in his new po­si­tion.

This has been a long cam­paign sea­son and as I sit with my fam­ily and look back on the past four years of ser­vice I am so proud to have been a part of the great­est del­e­ga­tion in the state. Rep. Livvy Floren, Rep. Fred Camillo and Sen. Scott Frantz are trea­sures. I was truly blessed to have them as col­leagues and I am so grate­ful to call them my friend.

I am proud of the record that I have and all the ac­com­plish­ments made along the way. Sav­ing the Medi­care Sav­ings Plan, Fund­ing the Re­tired Teach­ers Health Care Fund, Pass­ing Emily’s Law and help­ing so many con­stituents with each of their in­di­vid­ual is­sues re­ally are just a few items in a very long list of ac­com­plish­ments. How­ever, ev­ery time I drive by the new New Lebanon School I will al­ways be re­minded of what one can do if you work hard and sur­round your­self with a great team.

A great man told me “we all get knocked down, but it is how you get up that de­fines you.”

I be­lieve it’s time that we all get up and stop with the nasty di­vi­sive rhetoric.

Thank you to my fam­ily and friends for their love and sup­port and again thank you to the peo­ple of the 150th dis­trict for the priv­i­lege of rep­re­sent­ing you and your fam­i­lies in Hart­ford.

State Rep. Michael Bocchino

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