Will not run for 5th Congressional District seat
State Senator Kevin Witkos (R-8) announced his decision not to run for the 5th Congressional District seat. Witkos currently serves the 8th Senate District in the Connecticut General Assembly as the Deputy Senate Republican President Pro Tempore. He intends to continue serving the 8th Senate District and will run for reelection to the State Senate in the upcoming November election.
“I love being a part of the Connecticut community. It is my home, it’s where I own a business, and it’s where my wife and I raised our family. I deeply appreciate the encouragement and offers of assistance by many people throughout the state asking me to run as a candidate for the 5th Congressional District Seat representing Connecticut in Washington D.C. However, my heart and my commitment to Connecticut remains steadfast here at home,” said Witkos.
“One of the greatest honors of my life has been to receive the support of my constituents to serve in the Connecticut State Senate. During my tenure, we have seen many changes in state government. I’ve had the pleasure of serving under three governors and numerous agency commissioners. During my time as a lawmaker I have worked to craft and pass legislation that has greatly benefited our state. Most recently, as a result of the historic tied membership in the State Senate, I was honored to be part of a momentous shift in which lawmakers were finally able to begin steering the state in the right direction fiscally. Last year we successfully adopted a bipartisan budget that contained a constitutional spending cap, a bond cap, a volatility cap and a requirement to vote on all union contracts—all policies lawmakers have long sought to implement for many years.
While much has been accomplished, I believe there is still much more to do right here in Connecticut. That is why I believe at this time my place is not in Washington, but rather I belong right here in Connecticut where I hope to continue serving in the Connecticut State Senate, representing the 8th State Senate District and striving to make Connecticut an even better place to live, work and raise a family.”
“I offer my sincerest gratitude to all those who encouraged me to run for Congress to represent our state in Washington, but I have more work to do here in Connecticut. I wish all the best to those considering a run for the 5th Congressional District Seat,” said Witkos.