Former Connecticut General Assembly House Speaker James Amann, announced Friday\u00a0that he will be stepping down as a member of the Milford Democratic Town Committee, a position he has held for the past 33 years.In a letter addressed to Chairman Richard Smith and the Milford Democratic Town Committee members, Amann cited his years of service and desire to make room for others to help propel Milford\u2019s Democratic Party forward in the years ahead.\u201cThere comes a time in every politician\u2019s life when one knows that it is time to move on, to allow someone younger to step forward, someone with fresh ideas, energy and, yes \u2014 the legs \u2014 to carry our message to every door and household in Milford to keep the Democratic Party alive, relevant and strong. For me, that time is now,\u201d he said.Amann is a principal at Milford based International Government Strategies, a governmental affairs consulting firm he founded in 2009. In 2014, The Hartford Business Journal named International Government Strategies among the top 20 growing government relations firms in Connecticut.\u201cMy day to day work keeps me exceptionally busy, and I\u2019ll miss the interaction with Town Committee members,\u201d Amann said, \u201cbut after a lifetime of public service, I will always be looking for ways I can be of help where I can be. It\u2019s a hard habit to break.\u201dBorn in Bridgeport, Amann, 59, has lived most of his life in Milford, joining the Milford Democratic Town Committee in 1982. He was first elected to state office representing Milford\u2019s 118th district in 1990 and served until 2009. He was elected Speaker of the House prior to the 2005 legislative session and held that position until stepping down in 2009. He was the first Speaker in Connecticut history to come from Milford.