“My name is Phil Sharlach And I’m your next senator for the 26th district in Connecticut."
There’s a new kid on the block in the game of politics and he’s looking to unseat your current State Senator: Republican Toni Boucher.
"I care. I really care. I have no political ambitions beyond becoming your Senator. My real concern is I have gotten involved in understanding the issues," he said.
Tonight the Democraticic candidate hosting a meet and greet at one Westport's newest restaurants, called Tierra.
It’s the first meet-and-greet of his campaign, and already he’s gaining strong support from fellow party members.
"I think that we all have certain impressions or expectations on what legislation is like in Hartford. Most of us in some ways are surprised: the need to work along the aisle ,the need for process. I think Phil has what it takes to make it work," said Rep. Steinberg.
But that’s doesn’t mean it’s an easy road ahead. The 26th district is one of the larger governing areas,including: Bethel, New Canaan, Redding, Ridgefield, Weston, Westport, and Wilton.
"The challenge for Phil is that he would be covering a district representing a lot of ground, a lot of real estate. And, there's not exactly unaninomity among those who live there," said Rep. Steinberg.
But, while the population in those areas is somewhat politically diverse, Sharlach telling me the environment on Connecticut's capital is much different. He says the state government leans largely to the left on issues and he believes a democratic voice can make a bigger impact.
"Actually the last 30 years, the seat has been held by a Republican. So, we have three decades in Fairfield County where we have had no voice in the legislation process," said Sharlach.
The election for the 26th district will be on November 4th.
And, if you’re interested in learning more about this candidate you can go to: http://www.sharlachforsenate.com/