FAIRFIELD — State Rep. Cristin McCarthy Vahey, D-Fairfield, has been unanimously nominated by Democrats to run for a second term in the 133rd state House District this November.

“The privilege of representing Fairfield in the General Assembly has given me the opportunity to work with so many talented, passionate Fairfielders on issues that have a positive impact on the people of our town and state,” McCarthy Vahey said in a statement issued by her campaign. “I look forward to continuing my service to Fairfield and fighting for solutions that work for our families, our schools and our businesses.”

McCarthy Vahey, a former selectman and member of the Representative Town Meeting, is a social worker by profession. She serves on the General Assembly’s Education, Transportation and Appropriations committees. She also was appointed to serve on the Commission for Economic Competitiveness, and according to her campaign, “helped forge legislation protecting children and seniors suffering from abuse and neglect, protecting student privacy and modes of assessment and protecting consumers from variable electric rates. She was instrumental in saving the town of Fairfield $3.5 million in school health insurance costs.”

She has volunteered with community organizations that include the League of Women Voters, Girl Scouts, PTA and her church community, and serves as co-chairwoman of the Fairfield Cares Community Coalition.

McCarthy Vahey graduated with a degree in economics and government from the University of Notre Dame and earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of Washington. She and her husband Brian are the parents of three children.