WILTON, Conn. – State Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-143) received the delegates’ unanimous endorsement on Monday at the Republican convention as their candidate to represent the 143rd Assembly District, which comprises most of Wilton, the eastern section of Norwalk and the western part of Westport.
Currently serving her third term in the state House of Representatives, Lavielle is the House Ranking Member of the General Assembly’s Education Committee and a member of the Appropriations and Transportation Committees. She is also the House Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation.
“I am honored and humbled by this nomination and deeply grateful for the support I have received from all three communities that I have the privilege to represent,” said Lavielle. “Today our beautiful state faces many challenges, but I believe we can overcome them if everyone in the General Assembly works together to put good government before politics.”
Upon accepting the nomination, Lavielle reported to the convention delegates that her campaign committee had completed its fundraising for the 2016 election cycle, having already raised more than the number and amount of contributions required to apply for a grant from the Connecticut Citizens’ Election Fund.
“I have known Gail for many years, and it’s a privilege to nominate her. Certainly, no legislator works harder, and Gail also brings exceptional intelligence, integrity, mastery of the most complex issues and diplomacy to the job,” said Eric Cameron of Wilton, who nominated Lavielle. Olga Arteaga of Norwalk and Michael Calise of Westport seconded the nomination.
Lavielle was first elected to the state House of Representatives in 2010. Before her appointment as Education Committee Ranking Member, she served as Ranking Member of the Commerce Committee. She is also a member of the School Construction Priority Project List Review Committee and has served on the legislature’s Education Mandate Relief Task Force and in the Language Acquisition and Education Equity Workgroup.
Lavielle worked for more than 25 years in finance, marketing and communication, holding executive leadership positions with Fortune 500 corporations. Locally, she has served on the Wilton Board of Finance and the Wilton Energy Commission.