New Milford is fortunate to have a state representative district entirely within its borders, allowing the legislator to focus sharply on town issues.

Cecilia Buck-Taylor has demonstrated an ability to have focus in her first term in office, as well as a commitment to local constituent service.

Democratic challenger Gale Alexander has experience serving New Milford on the Board of Finance for many years, and is bright and creative.

His idea of removing local property assessments and departments to save money and duplication with the state is novel, but would be unlikely to gain much traction in Hartford.

Regarding gun safety legislation passed in 2013, Alexander and Buck-Taylor agree more emphasis should have been placed on mental health.

Buck-Taylor voted against the bill because she thought it "unfairly impacted the Second Amendment."

We disagree with that assessment, but Alexander sidestepped how he would have voted by saying he did not have "time to study the minute detail" of the bill.

Both candidates recognize the economic and recreational significance of Candlewood Lake to the town and region.

Alexander would control the boating congestion by charging users -- an unwieldy plan considering one of the access points is a state boat ramp.

Buck-Taylor is concerned about the environmental impact of invasive species on the lake; she co-sponsored legislation to increase municipal reimbursement for reducing phosphorous levels in water.

As a member of the minority party in the state General Assembly, Buck-Taylor has learned the political reality that compromises are necessary for work to get done. There is a point, she said, where there's "give and take but, you can't give away yourself."

Buck-Taylor has shown flashes of the grit and focus to continue representing New Milford's interests well in Hartford as state representative from the 67th District.

We endorse Buck-Taylor, a Republican, for a second term.