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What Fairfield Residents Need To Know In The State House Races

The six candidates for three seats in the State House of Representatives meet earlier this month in a debate.
The six candidates for three seats in the State House of Representatives meet earlier this month in a debate. Photo Credit: Salvatore Trifilio

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- With Election Day on Nov. 4 quickly approaching, Fairfield residents will be choosing at least two new legislators to represent them in the state House of Representatives.

Fairfield’s three districts - 132, 133 and 134 - feature two open seats and one incumbent looking to garner votes over the final weekend before the constituency heads to the polls.

  • District 132: Democrat Kevin Coyner will look to take a seat away from incumbent Republican Brenda Kupchick.
  • District 133: Fairfield Selectman and Democratic candidate Cristin McCarthy Vahey faces off against Republican Carol Way for an open seat.
  • District 134: Also vying over an open seat are Democrat Tara Cook-Littman and Republican Laura Devlin.

Don't know which district is yours? A map of Fairfield’s voting districts can be found here .

Here's a review of the candidates:

Kevin Coyner (D)

The son of a former Alaska Governor’s Chief of Staff, Coyner is running on a diverse background in education and his experience in government and politics.

Coyner has primarily been campaigning on fiscal responsibility, growing the Town’s economy and rebuilding the state’s transportation infrastructure.

The George Washington University graduate has also been outspoken about preventative health care and giving the middle class more upward mobility.

He is running as both a Democrat and has been endorsed by the Working Families Party.

Brenda Kupchick (R-I)

Kupchick is running for her second term as a state representative and is a former member of Fairfield’s Representative Town Meeting.

She has primarily campaigned on her extensive experience in Fairfield public service. She is a former member of Fairfield Board of Education and its Parks and Recreation committee as well.

Like her opponent, Kupchick is also running on her principles of fiscal responsibility and common sense politics. Although she voted against a bonding bill that would have guaranteed millions of dollars in spending to rehabilitate the Metro-North - something Coyner has called her on publicly - Kupchick believes money must be spent on transportation, however, in a more responsible way.

Cristin McCarthy Vahey (D)

Fairfield Selectman McCarthy Vahey is also a former member of the Representative Town Meeting.

McCarthy Vahey has a masters in social work and has used her education as leverage during campaigning to focus on children and family issues.

During her time on the town’s Board of Selectmen, she has helped to create a bike and pedestrian master plan and has supported investments in both education as well as Fairfield’s two public libraries.

Carol Way (R)

The Rhode Island native is the oldest of four and not a typical republican when it comes to energy.

The former educator has been open about her love for the outdoors and her desire to develop alternate energy resources and conserve open spaces in the state.

Way has been campaigning on her knowledge of the state, as she has lived in more than three different towns throughout Connecticut, saying she brings a statewide perspective as a representative.

Tara Cook-Littman (D)

A local mother, Cook-Littman is the founder of GMO Free CT, an organization dedicated to informing consumers on the dangers of genetically modified organisms.

In her free time, Cook-Littman maintains a blog focused on “real food,” and how it can change people’s lives. However, she is not only focused on healthy food and living.

Cook-Littman is an advocate for a long-term investment plan for public transportation and roads. Primarily, the attorney by trade will look to lessen the burden on small business owners and keep big business from leaving the state.

Laura Devlin (R)

Devlin has been a Fairfield resident for more than 20 years but will be running as a representative of Trumbull as well in the upcoming election.

She is running on her experience with local government. Devlin is a former member of Fairfield’s Board of Assessment Appeals and is also a former member of the Representative Town Meeting.

Devlin has been campaigning to make the state more affordable, increase jobs statewide and create a more reliable transportation system.

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

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