The voters in Connecticut's 5th Congressional District have the good fortune of being able to choose between two bright, knowledgeable, capable candidates on Nov. 6 -- longtime state Sen. Andrew Roraback, a Republican, and former state Rep. Elizabeth Esty, a Democrat.

We endorse Sen. Roraback, who has an impressive record as a legislator and is one of the finest individuals to serve in Hartford in recent years.

Sen. Roraback is a hard worker who has the distinction of having cast nearly 9,000 consecutive votes during his 18 years in the state Legislature and who has been an ever-present figure throughout his far-flung senatorial district in northwest Connecticut, which includes several towns in Greater New Milford.

The 52-year-old Goshen resident has provided excellent constituent service and acted aggressively on key issues affecting his district, including the long-awaited widening and reconstruction of Route 7 between Brookfield and New Milford.

Sen. Roraback has also earned a well-deserved reputation for fairness, integrity, bipartisanship and being willing to break with his own party on controversial

issues, such as gay marriage, which he supported.

We do not always agree with Sen. Roraback on the issues. But being a good Congressman goes beyond voting on certain issues, and Sen. Roraback has proven he has what it takes to do the job well.

Ms. Esty brings a lot to the table through her experience as a legislator and her involvement in the community, and we agree with her on a number of issues.

But we believe Sen. Roraback is the better candidate for the times.

We are deeply troubled by the partisan gridlock in Washington, D.C., and by the deplorable move to the right by the Republican party in recent years. Sen. Roraback is a moderate legislator and a thoughtful, reasonable man -- just the type of Republican who can help dissolve the partisan divide.

Andrew Roraback has the potential to be an outstanding Congressman, and we encourage the voters of the 5th District to cast their ballots for him on Election Day.