To the Editor:

I’ve always lumped all political candidates under one ugly umbrella as mean, name-calling, finger-pointing mud-slingers until I had the fortunate experience of working closely with Tony Hwang on his last election campaign. What I especially appreciated, that while everyone embraced the negative mode, Tony maintained and successfully ran a clean, issue-focused campaign, never bowing to the level of his adversaries and naysayers. My respect and admiration for him grew exponentially.

Tony Hwang stood out differently. No negative words were spoken about any of his opponents and he stood steadfast to focus on his beliefs, his quests and his track record. He stayed true to his character, took every low blow that was thrown at him and maintained a positive, strong attitude and honored his promise to be the voice for his community and the people he so values and represents.

Tony is indeed at virtually every local function, from the Veteran’s Day celebrations at the elementary schools, to mingling at community fairs, to solemnly paying his respects in honoring Sandy Hook, 9/11 and community losses. Tony’s presence as our state senator and neighbor makes all participants feel engaged and valued. My family certainly feels that way. Everyone in town knows that Tony is their representative because they see that he is always there for them and always will be. He had my vote last time, he has it this time, and he should have yours, too.

Stephanie Pinto Johnson

Fairfield