MILFORD >> State Rep. Pam Staneski, R-119, is seeking a second term.

Her district includes portions of Milford and Orange.

Speaking March 31 at a downtown restaurant, Staneski thanked her supporters and said that it has been an honor to serve the 119th District.

She unveiled her 2016 campaign theme: “A Real Voice for the People.”

“I believe in representative government and when I was elected in 2014 I made a promise to keep the people of the 119th district informed on state matters, seek their input, and be a voice for them in Hartford.”

Staneski has been endorsed by Orange First Selectman Jim Zeoli.

Staneski is a member of the legislature’s Education, Children, and Veterans Affairs committees.

Also, she is a member of three bipartisan coalitions, the Manufacturing caucus, Sportsmen caucus, and the Individuals with Developmental Disability group which is focused on issues affecting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

During her first year, Staneski pushed to reform the affordable housing law, advocated for changes in the inequitable Medicaid reimbursement rate for local assisted living facilities, sponsored legislation to help students with dyslexia, spoke out against legislation that would have hurt the Boys & Girls Club of Milford’s after-school program, encouraged policies to promote manufacturing, testified in support of the shellfish industry, and stood for the developmentally disabled.

She has been an outspoken supporter of veterans’ issues, which she is familiar with as she is the daughter of a Navy veteran.

“Constituency work is important to me — that is my job, to work for and on behalf of the people of the 119th — and that includes continuing to fight for structural changes on the way state finances are run.

“Our state is in fiscal trouble. Last session I voted against the second-highest tax increase in the state’s history because I believe Connecticut needs to live, as you and I do, within its means.

“On Tuesday, we voted on the third deficit mitigation plan for the current year. We cannot continue this roller-coaster budgeting practice — the lack of stability at the state level hurts our cities and towns.

“I stood with my Republican colleagues when we offered common sense budget alternatives and long-term structural changes to help with the current and future budgets.

“This must be done. I want to continue to be a voice for the people of Orange and Milford. Connecticut is a beautiful state worth fighting for and I humbly ask to continue that fight,” said Staneski.

Orange First Selectman Jim Zeoli said, “The residents of the 119th have been very fortunate to have a representative who has worked so hard for their well-being.

“The town of Orange is grateful to Pam for her voice in Hartford. Pam is working in a bipartisan manner to be certain all of Connecticut’s families are treated fairly. I believe the voters in the 119th all should stand in support of Pam,” Zeoli said.