Please vote for Cristin McCarthy Vahey in the Democratic Party primary for state representative in the 133rd District, to be held Aug. 12 at your normal voting location. I have known Cristin for many years, and we are very fortunate an individual of such exceptionally high caliber is willing to serve us in the state legislature.

Cristin has served us with distinction, effectiveness, intellect, and wisdom in elected positions as a selectman since 2011 and previously on the RTM. A review of Cristin's website -- -- reveals her exceptional background, education, and experience. It also describes her actions in support of community causes as diverse as serving older foster youth at Casey Family Services, leadership in the League of Women Voters, Fairfield PTA and Cristin's church community.

I support Cristin's priority of economic development and jobs and her identification of education, transportation and fiscal responsibility as fundamental to that goal.

Perhaps most of all, the longer I have known Cristin McCarthy Vahey the more I value her dedication to public service and her integrity. Please don't forget to vote for Cristin in the Democratic Party primary on Aug. 12.

Tom Drew

Former state representative, 132nd District