For the past 12 years, residents of the 67th District in New Milford have been well-served by Republican state Rep. Clark Chapin.

This time around, Rep. Chapin will be running for the 30th Senate District seat being given up by fellow Republican Andrew Roraback, who is seeking to become the Congressman from Connecticut's 5th District.

Three earnest, viable candidates are hoping to become the new state rep from the 67th District -- Republican Cecilia Buck-Taylor, Democrat Andrew Grossman and Nicholas Payne of the Green Party.

We are impressed with Mr. Grossman's energy, knowledge of the issues and commitment to work full-time in what is considered a part-time position.

We are also impressed with Nicholas Payne, a bright, concerned individual who would bring sharp focus to two important issues -- traffic congestion and gun control, the latter being an understandable priority following the murder of Mr. Payne's daughter, Rebecca Payne, four years ago in Boston.

Out of the three candidates, however, we believe Ms. Buck-Taylor would serve the district best, and we give her our endorsement.

Ms. Buck-Taylor has proven her love of New Milford and its people through her involvement in the community over the past two decades.

She has been a member of myriad boards, including the Board of Education and the Town Council, while practicing law and being a small-business owner. In her various endeavors, she has shown herself to be competent, effective and reasonable.

Ms. Buck-Taylor is knowledgeable about New Milford and its needs, and we believe she would follow Rep. Chapin's tradition of providing good constituent service.

When New Milford voters go to the polls on Nov. 6, we encourage them to cast their ballots for Cecilia Buck-Taylor as the next state representative from the 67th District.