North Canaan veteran announces run for Congress - WFSB 3 Connecticut

North Canaan veteran announces run for Congress

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NEW CANAAN, CT (WFSB) -

A decorated war veteran from North Canaan announced Saturday he is running for Congress.

Brian Ohler announced he will seek the Republican nomination for the 64th House District seat.

Ohler received four Purple Heart and three Army Commendation medals throughout his service.

He ran for Congress for the first time in 2014 and lost by only 116 votes.

"Two years ago, my conversations with Northwest Corner residents often centered around a basic question, 'do you see folks who control the legislative agenda doing anything that would improve your life here.' Too often the responses were dyed in frustrations over the ever-increasing high cost of living driven by an out-of-touch legislature," said Ohler. 

He said that those feelings have worsened in in the area.

Ohler blamed the state's financial problems on "pursued tax hikes, budget gimmicks and short-sighted fiscal policies."

The veteran serves on North Canaan's Board of Finance and recently fought the closure of the University of Connecticut's Torrington campus.

Ohler believes the closure could have been prevented.

"They've repeatedly ignored the obvious warning signs, and now were seeing the ramifications-from the closing of UConn's campus in Torrington and proposed cuts to local education funding to funding reductions in life-sustaining programs and services for the neediest among us," said Ohler.

The 64th General Assembly District represents Falls Village, Kent, Cornwall, Sharon, Salisbury, Norfolk, North Canaan as well as sections of Goshen and Torrington.

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