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Fairfield Must Choose Between Hwang, Fawcett For State Senate

Tony Hwang (R) and Kim Fawcett (D) at the League of Women Voters debate where Hwang called Fawcett on her voting record.
Tony Hwang (R) and Kim Fawcett (D) at the League of Women Voters debate where Hwang called Fawcett on her voting record. Photo Credit: Salvatore Trifilio

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Election Day is right around the corner and that means Fairfield residents will be deciding between two state representatives who are going head-to-head for the open state Senate seat being vacated by John McKinney.

On the ballot for Tuesday’s election are Republican candidate Tony Hwang and Democratic candidate Kim Fawcett . The sprawling district includes parts of Easton, Fairfield, Newtown, Weston and Westport.

Hwang, 50, is a father of two and an immigrant from Taiwan. A Fairfield resident, he has served as a state representative in the 134th District, which includes parts of both Fairfield and Trumbull.

Before becoming a full-time politician, Hwang worked in real estate and is a graduate of Cornell University, where he studied labor relations and organizational behavior.

He has been running on fiscal responsibility - he has voted against increases in government spending - and breaking down barriers that he believes keep small businesses from growing, or even starting.

Fairfield’s First Selectman Michael Tetreau and his opponent have criticized Hwang in recent weeks for taking credit for an overhang at a local train station, to which the state representative publicly responded to here .

Fawcett has served Fairfield’s 133rd District for four terms as a state representative and has been running for the Senate based on her experience in that role.

The George Washington University alumnus has a long history of making improvements to the town of Fairfield, most notably her efforts to build a community pool.

Like her opponent, Fawcett too has campaigned for greater fiscal responsibility - she has voted twice against biennial budgets in 2009 and 2011.

Her role as a representative has lead her to become a vice chair and co-chair nominations on the Select Committees on Children and Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, respectively.

And while the mother of three has tried to focus on her accomplishments throughout the campaign season, her opponent has publicly called her on her record of voting against same-sex marriage when it was first put on the ballot for Connecticut legislators.

Polls open on Nov. 4 at 6 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

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