TORRINGTON—City Board of Finance member Christopher Beyus on Thursday kicked off his campaign to become state representative for Torrington’s 65th District.
“I’m truly honored to have received so much early support from Torrington residents who say they’re eager for a new voice at the state capitol,” Beyus said. “I look forward to doing everything I can to win this seat for them—to make Connecticut a more affordable place to live and run a business.”
Beyus, 24, is a Torrington native. He’s the grandson of Italian immigrants and comes from a family of small business owners.
Beyus is taking on incumbent Michelle Cook, first elected to the legislature in 2008. Cook is a leader in the House of Representatives’ Democrat majority, and she serves as a Deputy House Speaker in a legislative caucus that’s supported three massive tax hikes since she took office.
“Now, considering the crushing budgetary and economic impacts of the public health pandemic, it’s more important than ever that we have elected officials in Hartford who are willing to challenge the status quo,” Beyus said. “We need representation that focuses on reducing costs for residents and businesses—not increasing them. We need to grow our state’s economy, and it will be really hard to accomplish that if we continue to rely on legislators whose voting records show they’re moving us in the opposite direction.”