by Congressman Jim Himes
Now that we are past Labor Day, we are beginning the traditional campaign season. Yet 2020 is anything but a traditional year. I’m ready to work harder than ever to elect Democrats up and down the ballot who share our values. I hope you are too.
I’m on the ballot for re-election to Congress this year, alongside Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Sen. Will Haskell for State Senate, Aimee Berger-Girvalo for State Representative, and State Representative Ken Gucker in northernmost Ridgefield. This qualified and experienced ticket has my full support.
If there was ever a time your vote will matter and your voice needs to be heard, this is the year. Elections – and who is elected – impact your daily life. I’m proud to serve this district and to serve you, my constituents in Ridgefield.
In my service to you, I will work every day to continue to deliver results for my district and for Connecticut.
During our COVID-19 crisis, I’ve worked to obtain over $1 billion in grants for businesses through PPP loans, for colleges and universities, for education assistance and small businesses throughout the Fourth Congressional District. These grants saved over 140,000 jobs. I will continue working to save jobs and bring jobs here.
My staff and I have also worked to process hundreds of unemployment claims and obtain stimulus checks for families, individuals and seniors. And we stand ready to help and serve our veterans.
Serving you also means holding Eversource accountable. In the aftermath of Tropical Storm Isaias, I was without power like many of you. The glacial pace at which Eversource restored power is unacceptable. Connecticut residents cannot continue to bear the brunt of Eversource’s failure to respond to a crisis. Rate increases have clearly not been wisely invested to build a more reliable grid. I will continue to hold Eversource accountable as I work with local and state officials to make sure this doesn’t happen again.
I am invested in listening to my constituents as I represent you in Washington, D.C.
Here’s what I’m going to do in my next term: continue to deliver results for Connecticut.
At the federal level, we need to learn to come back together in a bipartisan way to get things accomplished. We need to address inequities in health care and education. We must combat climate change and preserve our environment for future generations. And we must repair and upgrade our transportation and infrastructure, especially here in Connecticut.
It’s time to move forward. We must work to elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as the next President and Vice President, and work to elect and support our Democratic candidates up and down the ballot.
By coming together and moving forward, we can create a more prosperous and just America where every child and family has a chance to succeed, no matter their zip code. I am hopeful for a reunion of our union. We have so much more in common than anything dividing us.
Rep. Jim Himes is a member of the U.S. Congress. He represents Connecticut’s 4th Congressional District, which includes all of Ridgefield.