Democrat Sue Brand, a member of the Fairfield Board of Education and its former chairwoman, has announced her candidacy for state representative in the town's 132nd District.

The seat now is held by first-term state Rep. Brenda Kupchick, a Republican.

A Fairfield resident for 20 years, Brand is a cum laude graduate of Quinnipiac College with a degree in nursing and worked as a cardiac intensive-care nurse for 10 years, her campaign said in a news release.

Brand's experience in critical-care nursing "has enabled me to decisively assess, plan for and meet the needs of all Fairfield residents," she said in the release.

Brand serves on the town's Board of Health, in addition to the school board.

"I understand the need for a delicate balance between smart investments and the economic realities that we, as taxpaying citizens, face every day, " Brand said in the release.

In the General Assembly, her campaign said, Brand would initiate and support legislation that clears the way for job growth in Connecticut, builds the infrastructure, educates students for the jobs of the future, and addresses health care costs while maintaining quality care.

She has been endorsed by former Democratic state Rep. Thomas Drew, who lost the seat to Kupchick by 13 votes in a recount two years ago.

Brand is opposed for the Democratic nomination in the 132nd District by Kevin Coyner, a former bond and options trader who now is a Greenwich firefighter.