Another Republican candidate has surfaced to challenge 4th district Congressman Jim Himes.
State Senator Dan Debicella of Shelton has filed paperwork with the federal Elections Commission to run in the 2010 election. Debicella is the second Republican to announce, joining 24 year-old Will Gregory of New Canaan.
The 34 year-old Senator has served two terms in Connecticut's General Assembly. Debicella believes Jim Himes is too partisan to represent Fairfield County residents.
"They want someone who'll represent their families, not one party or the other. I believe my record shows I'm a moderate and someone who will listen to both sides of the issues. Usually agreeing with the Republicans but often agreeing with the Democrats especially on social issues."
Debicella says he's not worried that that Himes, a first term incumbent, has an edge right now having raised at least a million dollars for his re-election campaign. Debicella thinks he can drum up a significant amount of money by stressing issues that are important to the 4th district.
"Issues like healthcare, where Jim Himes and the Democrats in Congress are proposing expanding government run healthcare. I have a very different vision like lowering costs for the middle class who have experienced a 119 percent increase in their healthcare premiums. I'm going to be coming forward with proposals that could lower the cost of healthcare for the middle class and make it affordable for those who don't have health insurance."
Debicella also thinks his background will help him gather support throughout Fairfield County, no matter an individuals's income level. He grew up in Bridgeport and is the son of a police officer and a secretary.
His campaign starts more than one week after Republican state Senator John McKinney, son of Congressman Stewart McKinney, announced he would not challenge Himes because he wanted to spend more time with his family.