Redistricting: 'I'm Kind of Excited,' Carter Says

Rep. Dan Carter (R-2) says he sees all positives when it comes to the redistricting of the 2nd District to include Newtown

While several officials in Newtown into three different state House of Representative districts, Rep. Dan Carter (R-2) said he could only see the positives with the new set-up.

"I'm excited about the prospects of serving," said Carter, who if he runs and wins re-election in 2012, would come to represent Bethel, Danbury, Redding and Newtown. "It's going to be extra work, there's no question about that, but I'm kind of excited."

A bipartisan commission that would shift slightly more than 1,000 voters from the 106th District in Newtown to the 2nd District, now represented by Carter. Another part of Newtown will remain unchanged as part of the 112th District, which includes Monroe, and is represented by Rep. DebraLee Hovey.

Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra said she was concern with having a small part of town represented by a third legislator who had responsibilities in three other municipalities rather than just one.

"I don't want to be a little of anyone's thinking," Llodra said.

There may be times when Newtown's interest runs counter to other towns represented in the district, Llodra said.

"There will be times I will be pushing for something that might not be in the interest of another district," she said.

At the same time, the first selectman said she wanted to stay open to the change.

"Maybe Newtown will benefit from this," she said.

Carter said that given his experience representing voters in multiple towns, he hasn't run into those conflicts.

"Theoretically, sure there could be conflicts," he said. "But most people are on board with the same issues.

Carter said he already has received calls from constituents eager to let him know their stances on the issues.

Rep. Chris Lyddy (D-106) said he would have rather his district say whole rather than divved up, but in either case, voters will be well represented in Hartford.

"They're not being abandoned," Lyddy said of voters in the redistricted areas.

Legislators also said that they have a good track record of working together and would forsee that to continue.

"We have always had a tradition in Newtown where we've all worked well together," Sen. John McKinney (R-28) said.

In addition, Carter said there remains another year between now and election season for him to learn more about Newtown, he said.

"I have a solid year to get up to speed on the unique issues in Newtown," Carter said.

Robert Rabinowitz December 02, 2011 at 04:19 PM
Not a great idea at all.
C J Marion December 02, 2011 at 04:56 PM
First of all, Chris Lyddy has been the wrong representative for Newtown. Connecticut as a state is dominated by democrats and their view does not support Newtown's fiscally conservative leanings. Lyddy blindly supported Malloy's budget and for that reason alone he should not be reelected. His main strength lies in social work and his record and actions support. If he were to stand up to the governor and vote against the budget then maybe the folks in Newtown could feel he represents us rather than following the majority. He did not and now we are faced with a retroactive state tax (remember this in April when most of us will be paying extra to the state) and other taxes on such items like haircuts, pet grooming and an increase in the conveyance tax. So, do I agree with this redistricting? Absolutely not, I am not sure what differentiates the folks in the Dodgingtown area from the rest of the town to warrant a representative not from the town. Like many of the decisions by government, this one stinks of some sort of a payback and is not in the best interest of the people.
Dan Gaita December 03, 2011 at 02:50 PM
Having had the fortunate opportunity to get to know Mr Carter as both a State Rep and a personal friend I am impressed with his ability to think rationally and fairly about issues that impact all of us. He is by no means a partisan politician and he has the proven ability to avoid the politically driven type of mental stalemate that permeates our State legislative body. Newtown will be very pleased having Mr. Carter represent them in what ever capacity redistricting may dictate. He's not only a great State Rep, but he is also a good man.


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