FAIRFIELD — Fred Garrity, a Democrat who serves as chairman of the Trumbull Planning and Zoning Commission, has declared his candidacy this year for the 134th District seat in the state House of Representatives, which represents parts of Fairfield and Trumbull.

The seat is currently held by state Rep. Laura Devlin, a Republican from Fairfield.

Garrity is also known as the executive director of the Connecticut United Ride, an annual motorcycle tribute to the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, which raises money for police and firefighter causes. He works as director of operations for the Ruane Attorneys at Law firm, with three offices in the state, and previously was a senior manager for operations and labor relations for Northrop Grumman.

He previously was chairman of the Greater Bridgeport Regional Planning Agency, and has also been a leader of organized labor in the region. He has served as a local union president, a member of the executive board of the Fairfield County Labor Council and a vice president of the state AFL-CIO.

“I believe that financial accountability at the state level needs improvement,” Garrity said in a statement announcing his candidacy. “Our state’s financial performance needs to be monitored on a weekly and monthly basis, not just during budget season. The state has not done a satisfactory job scrutinizing finances — that needs to change now, as it is crippling Connecticut taxpayers.”

Garrity also cited as major issues for his campaign ensuring educational quality and improving transportation infrastructure.

He is a graduate of Notre Dame Catholic High School in Fairfield, and Albertus Magnus College in New Haven with undergraduate and master’s degrees in business management.