Westport businessman Steve Obsitnik easily defeated Chris Meek on Friday to gain the Republican endorsement in the 4th Congressional District.

Meek, however, earned enough support from delegates at the party's convention to qualify for an August primary. Coming in third, and not qualifying for a primary, was Richard Wieland of Redding.

In accepting the nomination, Obsitnik cited his grandfather's story as his inspiration, according to a statement from his campaign.

"My grandfather came here from Germany in 1928 not looking for health care or welfare, but opportunity," he said. "The Washington agenda continues to threaten the opportunities that made our nation great. All Americans desire and deserve the chance to pursue their own dreams and to earn success and happiness in that pursuit."

Obsitnik for the past 15 years has been an entrepreneur and businessman in Connecticut and California's Silicon Valley, most recently as CEO of Quintel. He has served on the U.S. Small Business Administration national advisory board.

Obsitnik is also an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield. He said he was inspired to run, in part, by the concerns students face as they enter the workforce. He has focused most of his campaign on job creation and improving the economy.

Democrats on Monday by acclamation nominated U.S. Rep. Jim Himes to run for his third term representing the 4th District.