Republican Michael Casey Puts in Bid for 118th

The Milford native says "we need to focus on economic growth."

With a promise to promote ecomic growth in the state, not stifle it, Milford resident Michael S. Casey announced his candidacy for the 118th House District seat.

Casey, a Republican who was elected in November to the Milford's Planning and Zoning Board, declared his candidacy for state office Saturday at the .

“Connecticut is one of two states that has fewer jobs than it had 22 years ago," he said. "Simply put, we need to focus on economic growth. We can no longer afford policies that pick winners and losers; policies that try to divide us. Connecticut shouldn’t have to settle for a zero-sum game approach. When businesses, especially small businesses, are allowed to grow, everyone prospers. If we foster policies that create jobs and encourage production and innovation, the City of Milford's wealth will grow, leading to expanded opportunities for better schools, better services and a better quality of life.”

”What this State and Milford needs and deserves is a climate that fosters free market growth. Most people want an opportunity to work and to create a better life for themselves. Too often our leaders interfere with economic growth, rather than promoting it. I plan to fix this if I get to Hartford,” Casey said.

Casey attended and in Milford before attending the University of Connecticut, where he earned his bachelor's and law degrees. He has been a practicing attorney for more than eight years and currently works at a law firm in Milford.

The 118th seat is currently held by , a Democrat.

Editor's note: the article is based on a press release submitted by the Milford Republican Town Committee Chairman .

RONALD M GOLDWYN March 12, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Mike is a viable candidate to run against Kim. As a lawyer he will fit in the Hartford scene and represent the interests of Milford. I urge all to support his effort to represent those in the 118th district.
Michael Brown March 12, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Don't care for this feckless Republican P&Z board member. I like Kim. Kim is a doer. Kim gets things done. Witness new law for solid waste. Mr. Casey votes the party-line on the P&Z Board. Not a thinker. Not a doer by any stretch.
Rocco Frank Milford Independents March 12, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Ron I loved the guy until you mentioned he was a "lawyer" good grief has the profession gotten that bad that they are willing to settle for a crappy state Rep. Job! Well I might consider voting for him if plans to sue the Federal Government to assert our rights as a state otherwise I will remain on a the fence. I need to know if this guy has a pair of "Brass Ones" because I am sick and tired of wimpering wordy wimps. I want to hear some controversy otherwise this man stands for nothing!
RONALD M GOLDWYN March 13, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Rocco, Please don't speak ill of the profession, as my father, my grandfather and uncle were lawyers. I the stray dog of the family. Criticize individuals if you must, but don't use the broad brush. Mike Brown just dislikes anyone who has a Republican tag, I'm not that way and vote for the individual and not their party label.
Rocco Frank Milford Independents March 13, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Sorry to hear that Ron. Hopefully they are not waiting tables and painting houses with their degree. Unfortunately there are so many lawyers today that dog walker and baby sitters are startning to get sued. Hopefully your family members are not like most broke and desperate lawyers who can't find honest work.
RONALD M GOLDWYN March 24, 2012 at 12:38 PM
Rocco, When these men went to become lawyers they went to a Law School for four years and then took the Bar examination earning a LLB degree. Nowaday students must first graduate fron a college before entering a law school and exit after three years with a JD degree. That is almost similar to a student going to medical school.
Rocco Frank Milford Independents March 24, 2012 at 07:13 PM
I hear you Ron but the people of Milford are not impressed with diploma's and degrees if you look at the credentials of some of the Party nominee's they take a deep offense to the fact that someone who graduated from college, or graduate school might somehow be smarter than them. Sadly it counts for nothing and the voters will remind Mike of this terrible fact soon enough. Right now they think in Orwellian terms that "Ignorance is strenght" and unless he spends a fortune running a cruel psi-op where social engineering and game theory are mastered... well then his campaign will not stand a chance.
RONALD M GOLDWYN March 24, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Bro Frank, I cannot believe that the voters of this city do not give credit to those candidates who have graduated from college. A number of years ago I atended the graduation ceremony at West Haven High School and noted that their was only one person on the Administration or the BOE with a Doctorate degree. Compare that to Milford and we shine along all the great school systems in our state. As for elected officials, I do feel that that a college educated person makes a better candidate and those with a graduate degree is even better starting point.
Rocco Frank Milford Independents March 25, 2012 at 06:14 PM
I tried making this education counts argument in 2008 and I was attacked as "Elitist" and "Arrogant" by both Milford political parties. They viewed their candidates life experience as superior to that of any college grad. Ironically Mike is going up against an opponent who is challenged in more ways than just academically, but I assure you her voters will not care. More appropriately, Elections in Milford should be called Pageants because its not about electing the best able, and most competent candidates, its about, friendships, popularity, who they socialize with, and how many local social groups they belong to. Jim Amann was once quoted as calling his constituents "idiots" even with that had he run again (in his opinion) he still would have been re-elected by the mal-informed brain dead voters of Milford.
Joe Della Monica April 13, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Forgot your a scholar!
arkay April 13, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Michael Brown April 14, 2012 at 12:34 AM
A little too pithy for me. What are you talking about?


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