Ruth Parkins, the Republican Chairman of Shelton\u2019s Planning and Zoning Commission, has announced her candidacy for Shelton\u2019s 113th District seat in the State House of Representatives. \u201cIn Hartford, my goal is to work for a more efficient and effective government with less regulation and elimination of unfunded mandates that create hardships for municipalities, residents, and businesses trying to survive in this tough economic climate. Connecticut\u2019s continued spend and tax approach has caused economic uncertainty in the private sector, negatively impacting growth and job creation. Long-term spending reforms are needed now -- it\u2019s time for a new approach in State Government.\u201d Parkins said she is hopeful that her efforts and mindset will be equally effective at the state level. \u201cThrough my leadership positions, I have played a major role in the redevelopment of downtown Shelton and the continued economic success of the City. I\u2019m proud of my contributions and commitment to making Shelton a thriving community and I\u2019d like to continue my efforts at the State level.\u201d A long-time resident of Shelton, Parkins is employed by the Iroquois Pipeline Operating Company as Manager of Public Affairs. \u00a0She is the proud mother of two daughters, Jessica and Sarah. Parkins has served on the Planning & Zoning Commission since 2007 and has been Chairman since 2009. \u00a0She also serves on the P&Z Downtown Subcommittee, the Shelton Economic Development Commission Executive Board and the Naugatuck Valley Council of Government\u2019s Regional Planning Commission.