With his party's unanimous endorsement, Republican Chris DeSanctis has launched a campaign for state representative in the 133rd District.

The headmaster of a private elementary school in Stamford, DeSanctis is challenging three-term incumbent Democrat Kim Fawcett. The district includes Fairfield's northwest quadrant, plus a narrow band that extends east to the Bridgeport border.

In a news release, DeSanctis called for greater controls on state spending and creating more jobs.

"There are many important issues that need reform," DeSanctis said, "but at this moment, none is as critical as lowering our high cost of living, controlling unnecessary state spending and creating employment opportunities in Connecticut. Many people are working more than one job -- if they have one -- and they still cannot save for the future."

DeSanctis recently completed his first academic year as headmaster of the Grace Christian School in Stamford. Previously, he was director of development at the Christian Heritage School in Trumbull and has taught in public and private schools.

He also is an adjunct professor in Sacred Heart University's Department of Government and Politics, according to the news release.

DeSanctis holds a bachelor of science degree in education and a master's degree in public policy, the release said. He has served on the Metro North-New Haven Rail Council and Connecticut's Property Tax Cap Commission.

DiSanctis' campaign site is at www.chrisdesanctis.com