Jason Perillo (R-113) has announced that he will seek re-election as Shelton\u2019s state representative in Hartford. Perillo, who was formerly the volunteer chief of Shelton\u2019s Echo Hose Ambulance, was first elected in 2007. Perillo, 42, a lifelong Shelton resident whose family has a long, storied history in the city, cited past successes along with his desire to inform the public about Hartford activity as his reasons for seeking re-election. \u201cNed Lamont has continued Dan Malloy\u2019s terrible agenda,\u201d said Perillo. \u201cWe have seen the largest tax increases in our state\u2019s history, additional burdens on retirees, and a constantly-changing toll plan. This has driven people and businesses from our state \u2014 largely because residents and employers simply do not trust Gov. Lamont. \u201cWe\u2019ve got to do things differently when it comes to our economy,\u201d added Perillo. \u201cEconomic ecosystems are important for a state like Connecticut where 90 percent of people work in small and medium-sized businesses that must innovate to grow. This, in turn, fuels investments in other sectors of the economy and provides important grand list growth for towns and cities.\u201d Perillo pointed out that ecosystems \u2014 like Dallas in entrepreneurship or Boston in digital health \u2014 take time to create. \u201cBut thoughtful government planning can pave the way for strategic private investment. We can turn our current economic death spiral into an economy that builds upon itself and grows,\u201d Perillo said. \u201cBut government spending for the sake of growing government without any planned return on that investment is a failure. That\u2019s what Gov. Lamont and legislative leaders from his party have done and it obviously doesn\u2019t work.\u201d Perillo stated that he wanted to build on past successes for Shelton, noting that initial work is expected this year on much-needed improvements to the Derby-Shelton bridge, funding for which Perillo and Derby State Rep. Themis Klarides secured. Perillo said he has worked with Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments staff to ensure the project is progressing. Perillo, who serves as the ranking member on the Executive and Legislative Nominations Committee, which is reserved for senior legislators and confirms the governor\u2019s cabinet appointments, also cited working across party lines as a reason behind his legislative achievements, he said. \u201cI have worked very well with the other party to drive legislation that will strengthen Shelton\u2019s fire department, help Shelton\u2019s farms, and ensure that criminals of violent crimes do not receive early release,\u201d he added. Perillo said he is looking toward the future, including continuing his behind-the-scenes efforts to boost Shelton\u2019s redevelopment and help property owners. Perillo has won re-election handily in past years. He took 66 percent of the vote in 2018, receiving a greater percentage of votes than any other candidate on the ballot. He is the chief marketing officer of a large healthcare nonprofit. He holds a master\u2019s degree in public policy from Harvard University. He also earned a master\u2019s degree in business from Boston College and received a bachelor\u2019s degree in accounting from Georgetown University. Perillo and his with his wife, Becky, and their 6-year-old daughter, Lydia, reside in the home where his grandfather, former Shelton Mayor Vincent P. Tisi, Jr., grew up.