ORANGE >> After a standing ovation at the Orange Community Center on May 15, state Rep. Charles Ferraro accepted the Republican nomination to run for a second term representing the 117th House District of Milford, Orange and West Haven.

Ferraro serves on the legislature’s Appropriations, Human Services and Public Safety and Security committees.

As a small-businesses owner, Ferraro said he understands the struggles of operating a business in Connecticut.

He has made it a priority to meet with businesses and local chambers of commerce to hear about the issues they are facing.

To address their concerns, he introduced pro-business legislation to help grow manufacturing and reduce the taxes and red tape placed on businesses.

These are important steps needed to stimulate job creation.

“I have co-sponsored bills that help our citizens. These bills include aid for veterans, state residents with disabilities, and protecting consumers. I have supported bills that help battered women and restored funding for key programs, while fighting to reduce waste, Ferraro said.

“I am proud that I have kept my campaign promises by voting against the second-largest tax increase in state history, by opposing unfunded mandates that increase local taxes and policies that drive businesses and good jobs out of Connecticut.

“During the budget debate, I watched critical Republican amendments that I supported voted down by the Democratic majority. These included a proposal to substantially reduce taxpayer money used to fund political campaigns, in order to preserve funding for child protection programs that addressed such critical issues as abuse, neglect and family violence.

“Despite record tax increases and borrowing enacted by the majority party, our state is once again facing large budget deficits. The latest budget passed by the majority isn’t without tax increases because it shifts an increased tax burden to local communities.

“We must increase Republican representation in our state legislature, in order to bring a balanced perspective to Hartford.

Ferraro can be reached at 203-410-3207 or cferraro04@snet.net.