Zupkus to seek 7th House term

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BY ANDREAS YILMA

PROSPECT – State Rep. Lezlye W. Zupkus, R-Prospect, has announced she’ll be seeking her seventh term representing the 89th House District in the Nov. 5 election.

Zupkus defeated Town Council member Kevin O’Leary, a Democrat, in November 2022 to secure her sixth term.

Zupkus stated in a news release she is known at the state Capitol as a “champion of parental rights,” advocating for parents and protecting the American family unit that has been under attack by some in the legislature.

“My job as state representative is to fight for the people I represent,” stated Zupkus, who serves as a deputy Republican leader at-large. “I have one special interest – the people who send me to Hartford. It would be an honor to continue being their voice at the Capitol.”

The 89th District covers Prospect and Bethany, as well as portions of Cheshire and Waterbury.

“While some in Hartford want your child to be educated and indoctrinated by government, I believe parents need to play the lead role in raising their children, not the state,” said Zupkus, a mother of two daughters.

Zupkus serves on the legislature’s tax-writing Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee, and last session she pushed for a much larger tax cut for families without higher, unsustainable levels of state spending, she noted.

Zupkus said she was one of the leading voices opposed to Gov. Ned Lamont’s costly plan to ban gas-powered vehicles and mandate the sale of electric vehicles by 2035.

“Families simply cannot afford another costly mandate. No one should be forced to buy a car or truck,” she said.

In the 2023 and 2024 sessions, Zupkus said she continued to push for tax relief for middle-class families still struggling with high grocery, heating and electricity bills.

“I’ve made it my priority to focus on economic issues while at the Capitol,” Zupkus said.

“Connecticut families want an affordable place to call home. They want a safe community, with quality schools and a stable job force that embraces the business community and doesn’t treat employers like the enemy. If re-elected to the General Assembly, my focus will remain the same – doing the right thing for the people I represent.”