State Rep. Philip J. Miller (D-Chester, Deep River, Essex, Haddam), offered his support to Jim Crawford, the party endorsed Democratic candidate for State Senator from the 33rd District.
“Jim Crawford knows how important it is to protect our local environment and I have no doubt he will be a staunch defender of it,” Miller said in a press release July 19, “Jim raised his family here, taught several generations of students here, and ran a family business here for more than two decades.”
Rep. Miller is Vice Chair of the General Assembly’s Environment Committee and serves with Crawford in the state House of Representatives. Both are serving their first terms as legislators and have worked closely together as their districts border one another.
Miller pointed to Crawford’s 100 percent 2012 legislative rating from the League of Conservation voters along with his bipartisan work on the Shoreline Preservation Task Force to protect the shoreline from rising sea levels. He also praised Crawford for his efforts on the Energy & Technology Committee.
“The groundbreaking energy legislation Jim helped to pass last year has put Connecticut on the map as a leader in renewable energy. Dozens of Connecticut renewable energy companies are now growing rapidly thanks to the programs created in that bill.”
Crawford pledged to continue his work to protect the local environment.
“The Connecticut River valley and Long Island Sound are defining characteristics of our region, essential to its character and our local economy in so many ways. I will always make their conservation a top priority,” Crawford said.
The 33rd Senatorial District is comprised of 12 towns: Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Lyme, a portion of Old Saybrook, Portland and Westbrook.