Greene drops out of race

Len Greene Jr.
Len Greene Jr.

BEACON FALLS — Republican Len Greene Jr. has withdrawn from the state representative race in the 105th House District.

Greene, a Seymour resident who served as representative for the district from 2011 through 2013, announced his withdrawal last week.

“It was my sincere hope and desire to regain this seat in the upcoming November election as I see the legislature in dire need of representatives willing to exercise fiscal prudence, responsible governance and return jobs to our state,” Greene said in a press release.

Greene, 34, said he decided to drop out of the race after accepting a new job that will allow him to better support his wife, Tory, and 16-month-old daughter, Jillian. Greene added with the new job he wouldn’t be able to devote the time and attention to the campaign and the district, which serves Seymour, Beacon Falls and Derby.

“As father and husband, I have responsibilities closer to home,” Greene said in the release. “While serving in the legislature is indeed honorable, it does not readily provide the financial means to support and care for a young family.”

In a phone interview Greene declined to say what the new job is he’s taking. Greene said the job is a great opportunity he couldn’t let slip by and is the best decision for his family.
“I would’ve been foolish to pass it up,” Greene said.

Greene said he appreciates the opportunity he had to serve in the legislature and the support of the constituents in the district.

“I loved my time in the legislature,” he said.

Beacon Falls Republican Town Committee Chairman Brian Ploss said Greene applied for the job prior to accepting the nomination to run for office. Ploss said he’s disappointed for the constituents that Greene dropped out of the race and because Republicans will now have to find another qualified candidate. However, Ploss said, he’s very happy for Greene and his family.

“Many times you have to go and do what’s best for your family,” Ploss said.

Greene was nominated to challenge Democrat incumbent state Rep. Theresa Conroy.
Ploss, who is not a member of the vacancy committee, said the process to find another candidate is moving forward.

“It’s in capable hands,” he said.

Seymour Republican Town Committee Chairman Bill Paecht said the vacancy committee is expected to meet this week to accept candidates.