Buck-Taylor not seeking third term in 67th District

NEW MILFORD — Cecilia Buck-Taylor is coming home.

The state representative announced Monday she will not seek a third term representing the 67th General Assembly District and will instead spend more time in New Milford, focusing on her legal practice, her 10-month-old grandson and may even consider running again for a local board or commission.

“Serving as a voice in Hartford for our community as its state representative is a tremendous honor and I am indebted to my community for having given me this great opportunity,” Buck-Taylor said. “I came to the realization that I can’t run a law practice and do everything that needs to be done in Hartford. I thought it would be better to have someone in the seat who can do it full time.”

Buck-Taylor previously served on the New Milford Board of Education and was vice chairwoman of the Town Council when elected to the General Assembly in November 2012.

“I’m still up for serving the town,” she said. “I’m just not up to the 90-minute drive each way and the 3 a.m. meetings.”

Buck-Taylor easily won her first bid for the 67th District seat against Democrat Andrew Grossman and Green Party candidate Nicholas Payne. She then won a second term as the GOP incumbent against Democratic challenger Gale Alexander.

“Four years ago, residents of the 67th District who were concerned about the direction this state was taking put their faith in me,” Buck-Taylor said. “I will continue my service to them for the remainder of this term and encourage them to continue to contact me with their issues and concerns.”

During her time in the state Legislature, Buck-Taylor served on the Judiciary Committee supporting legislation to protect veterans, senior citizens and children and opposed legislation that sought to decrease the drug-free safety zones around schools and day care facilities. She has also supported preventing sexual violence on college campuses and also fought to protect the rights of legal Connecticut gun owners.

State Sen. Clark Chapin, R-30, was “saddened” to hear of Buck-Taylor’s decision.

“I was saddened to hear that Cecilia has decided to not seek re-election,” Chapin said. “During her time in the House, she has represented her constituents well, reminding those she serves with that New Milford residents are already paying more than their fair share in taxes to the state. It has been a pleasure working with her and I wish her nothing but the very best in the future.”

Pete Bass, chairman of the New Milford Republican Town Committee, thanked Buck-Taylor for her service.

“We’re very thankful for her time and efforts representing the town,” Bass said. “We want to express our thanks to her for the work she has done on behalf of the town. We are looking for a candidate to fill her shoes.”

Bass said that while a few people have expressed interest in the state House seat, the Republicans do not yet have a candidate for the position.

Town Council Vice Chairwoman Mary Jane Lundgren expressed interest last week in running as the Democratic candidate for the 67th District seat.

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