The Milford Mirror invited the two Republican candidates in the 14th District State Senate primary to submit commentaries, which ran in the print edition of the Milford Mirror Aug. 2. Following is the commentary submitted by Anthony Giannattasio.
By Anthony Giannattasio
On behalf of my entire family, thank you for the outpouring of support we’ve received since I earned the GOP endorsement last May to be your next state senator.

And just like your family, my family feels it has been under-represented in Hartford for far too long.  We’re frustrated with politicians that don’t always listen to or advocate for our concerns. As your state senator and lifetime Milford resident, my only priority will be to serve and improve the lives of every family, senior citizen and veteran in the 14th District and throughout Connecticut.

The message and work I will bring to Hartford are simple, yet focused: Bring back jobs, no tax hikes, no tolls, and improve our kids’ school safety and educational system.

Bring Back Jobs: Full-time politicians including my opponent fall short on creating jobs, while refusing to take decisive action to address the state income tax. Running a family-owned business, I know the challenges of having to make a payroll each week, as well as having to deal with burdensome regulations that are hurting our businesses and holding our economy hostage. Meanwhile, our neighbors are escaping Connecticut at a record pace. This exodus must stop by making Connecticut affordable so that we can work, live, invest and retire here.

No Tax Hikes: I will not support tax increases of any kind that result in reducing our family incomes and quality of life. We earn a paycheck and live within our means. Hartford must do the same.

Over the last 12 years as a member and currently the minority leader of the Milford Board of Aldermen, I have consistently voted and advocated for lower property taxes and spending cuts, while helping to protect Milford’s AAA bond rating. As your state senator, I will be committed to working with my fellow legislators on developing a responsible financial plan to move Connecticut forward.

No Tolls: Gov. Malloy’s wasteful toll study is total insanity and an insult to every taxpayer. We must rebuild and repair our highways and bridges without implementing tolls. Funds allocated for these projects must be used wisely and for their intended purpose.

School Safety and Education: As a blessed father of two children that went to Milford public schools, you can be assured that I will support funding for school security and law enforcement without hesitation. Furthermore, I would never, ever have voted to allow undocumented students access to financial aid as my opponent did last April, thereby allowing Gov. Malloy to sign the bill into law. She refused to listen to her constituency, as well as her fellow Republicans throughout the 14th District who did not support the bill! As your senator, I will use common sense and compassion to ensure your tax dollars are spent wisely.

On Aug. 14, registered Republicans will have an important choice to make: Stay with the status quo or vote for change you can trust. I respectfully ask for your vote, so that together we can change Hartford.