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Trumbull's Musto Gets the Nod

The incumbent democrat was nominated to keep his state senate seat, representing Bridgeport, Trumbull and Monroe. Democrat Tom Christiano of Trumbull is expected to be tapped Tuesday to run for the Trumbull state representative seat.

Amid supporters Monday night, Anthony Musto highlighted his service to his district as the reasons for re-election to the state senate.

Musto, a local tax attorney who won the seat in 2008, said all but one of his bills has had bipartisan backing and won approval from the state senate. The convention was held at the .

He cited a jobs bill that he hopes to improve in the legislature's next special session by widening it to help more people, including veterans.

"We're building a Connecticut where businesses can feel at home," said Musto, after receiving the unanimous nod from delegates from Bridgeport, Trumbull and Monroe.

He said he is helping several companies in his district involved in green businesses such as solar panels. He also recalled programs he helped or started such as preventing fraudulent foreclosures and helping businesses that get fined.

Red tape is being removed from the business permitting process, and the Siting Council must now deal more closely with communities before voting to erect cell towers, Musto said.

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In total, he called for bipartisanship. "It doesn't matter if you have a D or and R after your name," Musto said.

"I need you to tell your friends and neighbors about the work I've done, about my ideas and my focus," Musto said.

His opponent is Trumbull GOP Town Councilman , a real estate agent.

Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch praised Musto, and former Bridgeport Mayor John Fabrizi chaired the meeting.

"It's not an easy district to serve. It's not automatic [re-election]. I'm lucky to have someone like Anthony Musto representing us."

He said Musto has served the entire district, from flood control in Bridgeport's North End, RYASAP in Black Rock (Bridgeport), in Trumbull, a smoke alarm program for Bridgeport, an $11 million grant for Steel Pointe in Bridgeport (to install infrastructure), funding roads in Monroe and helping get Bridgeport's Longfellow School rebuilt.

"You have to serve the whole district," Finch said. 

Meanwhile, Democrat Tom Christiano is slated to be tapped to run for the 123rd state representative seat being vacated by Republican T.R. Rowe. That convention is Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

Trumbull Republican has also declared his candidacy for the seat, as has Trumbull resident . 

louis May 22, 2012 at 12:11 PM
The people decide, not some committee of low level, no talent hacks.
louis May 23, 2012 at 03:06 AM
I've not decided whom I will back in this important race. As a keen follower of the district I was disappointed by Russo's lack of responsiveness, but as I know both Chad and Anthony, I will have to base my decision on greater things. It is sad though, I will say, what has become of my democrat party, they are traveling at the speed of sound towards minor party status. Regardless there is much to do, so let us place aside old ideas of factions and politics, lets look towards solutions, for there is much that is right about our two parties, though they are not meant to be forever and they may mean less and less in the coming years

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