Dan Debicella of Shelton plans campaign kickoff rally April 17

Dan Debicella
Dan Debicella

Former state Sen. Dan Debicella of Shelton will have a kick-off rally for his campaign for Congress on Thursday, April 17 at 6:30 p.m. at SBC Southport, 2600 Post Road, Fairfield.

Debicella, a Republican, wants to challenge Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Himes in the Fourth District. Himes beat Debicella in the 2010 general election.

Debicella is considered the front-runner to get the GOP nomination, although a primary is possible. He served in the state Senate from 2006-2010.

“It is time we had a true independent voice to fight for Fairfield County families — not someone like Jim Himes, who has cozied up to special interest groups and has become a part of the culture of gridlock and corruption in Washington,” Debicella says on his campaign website.

The other candidates seeking the Republican nomination are Dr. Joseph Bentivegna, an ophthalmologist from Fairfield, and Carl Higbie, a retired Navy SEAL from Greenwich.

Republican state Rep. John Shaban of Redding just dropped out of the race and will instead seek re-election to the legislature. Shaban has endorsed Debicella.