FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Kevin Coyner of Fairfield has thrown his hat into the ring to run for a seat in the state House of Representative.
Coyner announced his candidacy as a Democrat for state representative in Fairfield's 132nd District. Coyner holds an MBA in international business from George Washington University and a BA in economics from Lewis & Clark College.
He was a bond and options trader for Morgan Stanley and Citibank for 14 years, working in New York and Tokyo.
Coyner has also worked in Washington, D.C., in the U.S. Senate, where he assisted in writing legislation. In addition, he was elected and served on an area Representative Town Meeting. Coyner is committed to public service as a career firefighter and Retirement Board member for the town of Greenwich, according to a press release.
“I won't be content to just 'represent' Fairfield,” Coyner said in a press release. “I want to actively build a better future for Fairfield and Connecticut. To me, this means having forward-looking ideas, actively working on these ideas and actually getting something done for Fairfield for a change.”
Coyner said he believes in the notion that "a strong economy is like a rising tide that lifts all boats," according to the release.
“Our first focus must be to return to full economic growth. A strong economy with wage growth produces higher tax revenues, not higher tax rates; it allows us to address economic inequality without unduly burdening any particular segment of society," Coyner said.
Coyner said he will focus on 21st-century jobs, including precision manufacturing, health care, biomedical, green energy, exports, technology and tourism.
"We need new jobs that are more resilient to the boom and bust cycles that whipsaw our economy today,” Coyner said. “Our state, and our town of Fairfield specifically, needs to be seen as the preeminent place for new investment and growth."
Coyner has been a Connecticut resident for 25 years and a Fairfield resident for five. He has two grown children and is married to Natalia, a registered nurse at St. Vincent's Hospital and doctoral candidate at Fairfield University.
The seat is now held by two-term Republican state Rep. Brenda Kupchick. Coyner sought the Democratic nomination for the same seat in 2012 but lost in the primary to Sue Brand, who lost to Kupchick in the general election.
For more information or to make a campaign contribution, visit the Kevin Coyner for State Representative for Fairfield website .