Group of veterans endorse Himes in race for Congress

Congressman Jim Himes, who represents most of Shelton, has received the endorsement of a group of Fairfield County veterans in his re-election race.

Himes, a Democrat seeking his fourth term, said he valued the support of the five military veterans. “To have their validation, to hear from them that in these last six years that I’ve worked hard to serve them is about as high an honor as I can receive,” he said.

The veterans announcing their support of Himes were Paul Bucha, a Ridgefield resident and a Medal of Honor recipient; David Cole of Norwalk; Archie Elam of Stamford; Taber Hamilton of Norwalk; and state Rep. Jack Hennessey of Bridgeport, House chairman of the legislature’s Veterans Committee.

“I served two tours in Vietnam and I served 20 years in the service and very frankly I loved every minute of it,” said Cole, a retired Army lieutenant colonel.

“And the aftermath caught up with me. I had a stroke and I’ve been handicapped since, Cole said. “[Himes] and his staff were a tremendous help to me and I’ll appreciate it for as long as I live,” Cole said.

Himes, a Greenwich resident, represents the Fourth Congressional District that includes most of Fairfield County. He was first elected in 2008.

Some of Shelton is in the Third Congressional District, represented by U.S. Rosa DeLauro.