NEW CANAAN, Conn. – The Daily Voice sent five questions to each of the candidates running for state office this fall. The following responses are from Tom O’Dea, a Republican running for state representative from the 125th House District, which includes New Canaan and Wilton.
O’Dea, 46, is running for the seat being vacated by retiring Republican Rep. John Hetherington. He currently serves on the New Canaan Town Council, a position he’s held since 2005, and he works as a lawyer. O’Dea was on the Republican Town Committee from 2001 to 2005. He serves or has served with Voices of Sept. 11, Staying Put In New Canaan, the Waveny Chamber Music Society, the New Canaan Personnel Advisory Board, the state Judicial Selection Committee and the Police Officers Standards and Training Council, and on the state’s Victim Compensation Commission. He also volunteers as a youth football, baseball and basketball coach in New Canaan and is a member of the board of New Canaan Youth Football. He counts politics and coaching as his hobbies.
O’Dea has lived in New Canaan for 12 years. He and his wife, Kerry, have three children. O’Dea is running against Democratic nominee Mark Robbins and Green Party candidate David Bedell.
The Daily Voice: What are the biggest issues facing the 125th district?
O'Dea: Jobs, taxes and state spending.
The Daily Voice: What would you do differently than the retiring Rep. John Hetherington?
O'Dea: Nothing. He was the most well-respected state legislator in the state and I hope to continue his fight against the tax-and-spend mentality that has been far too prevalent in Hartford for the past 10 years.
The Daily Voice: Is Connecticut going in the right or wrong direction?
O'Dea: Wrong direction. Increasing taxes and spending while broke is not the right direction for the state to be heading.
The Daily Voice: What would you do to involve your constituents in your decision-making process?
O'Dea: Continue my community involvement and utilize new social media to reach out to constituents.
The Daily Voice: Why should people vote for you?
O'Dea: I am the only candidate with experience in elected office. I have actually helped write local ordinances and I counsel newly elected officials on parliamentary procedure, the Freedom of Information Act and running public meetings. I already have established contacts in both parties within the General Assembly and will be able to utilize my professional and community experience to the benefit of Wilton and New Canaan residents.