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Democrat Enters Fairfield's State House Race

FAIRFIELD, Conn. ? The race for Fairfield’s three seats in the state House of Representatives got its first challenger this week. Democrat Kevin Coyner announced he will seek his party’s nomination for the 132nd District House seat.

Coyner said his platform will focus on job creation. “We need new jobs that are more resilient to the boom-and-bust cycles that whipsaw our economy today,” he said in a statement. “We need a Connecticut economy that is stable, predictable and built to last that will benefit Fairfield residents and the state."

Coyner works as a firefighter in Greenwich. Before that, he was an options trader for Morgan Stanley and Citibank for 14 years. He also previously worked as legislative assistant to U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski, R-Alaska, and worked for his native state of Alaska in Tokyo, promoting Asian imports to the state.

The three-year Fairfield resident is looking to win the town’s seat from the 132nd District. The current representative is Republican Brenda Kupchick, a small business owner. She first won the seat in 2010 with a 21-vote margin over three-term incumbent Democrat Tom Drew.

But the district that produced a race so tight it required a recount in 2010 is not the same 132nd District for the 2012 general election. The state legislature changed the area’s boundaries last fall to coincide with new data from the 2010 census.

Under the new boundaries, the 132nd covers all of Fairfield’s coastline, along with all of the area south of Hill Farm Road and west of Fairfield University’s campus. The district also includes a section in the center of Fairfield bounded to the south by Osborn Hill Road and to the north by the Samp Mortar Reservoir.

Coyner is the first Democrat from the 132nd to announce his candidacy. The Fairfield Democratic Town Committee will officially endorse a candidate at its convention in late May.

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