A New Fairfield resident has announced his intention to seek the 108th state House District seat. Planning Commission member Patrick Callahan, who is a Chief Probation officer for Connecticut’s Judicial Branch, wants to represent New Fairfield, Sherman and parts of Danbury and New Milford. He is a West Conn grad who previously served as a member of the Ethics Commission and as chairman of the Candlewood Lake Authority. Callahan has coached local youth lacrosse and football in New Fairfield as well.
Incumbent Republican Richard Smith announced this week that he wouldn't seek another term in office, having served since 2010.
In announcing his run for office, Callahan said a top priority would be to make Connecticut affordable for its residents. He also wants to preserve the health and beauty of Candlewood Lake. Callahan opposes tolls.
Smith and Former State Representative Mary Ann Carson endorsed Callahan. Callahan's father, Robert, served as Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court from 1996 to 1999.
Republicans in the 108th District will choose their nominee for the seat in a May convention.