Tom Sirard, a decorated veteran of the U.S. Navy and former Finance Chair for the Enfield Board of Education, has announced he is running for State Representative in the 58th District of Enfield.
"The 2011 budget the Democrats pushed through last year is not balanced in spite of the highest tax increase in Connecticut’s history. The record $1.9 billion tax increase has hurt residents and is stifling the economic recovery of Connecticut putting most of the economic pressure on the taxpayers” said Sirard.
Sirard, 46, is a married father of two boys, ages six and five, and the director of DOS Concrete Pumping in Easthampton, Massachusetts.
“I’ve been blessed with many opportunities in my life and I want to work to ensure that everyone in Enfield has those same opportunities and chances to succeed,” he said.
Sirard says people can’t succeed unless they have good jobs but rising taxes are driving away many of the state’s employers, large and small. “What Connecticut needs are JOBS! PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS! We don't have them because of the tax, borrow, and spend mentality of the current Legislature," Sirard said.
A graduate of Cathedral High School in Springfield, he graduated from the Naval Nuclear Power School in 1986 and served eight years in the Navy. He spent six years on the USS Boston, a nuclear powered fast attack submarine, where he earned four medals including the Navy Expeditionary Medal, a Good Conduct Medal, and a Meritorious Unit Citation as well as many other decorations and citations. He was honorably discharged as a Second Class Petty Officer and studied at STCC after his discharge.
“I’m running for this office because I care about my community," he said. "I served eight years in the military because I cared about my country. I’m running for State Representative because I care about Enfield.”
Sirard says government needs to be more responsible and responsive to the people it’s representing. He criticized Hartford for it's lack of common sense and it's lack of political courage in fixing many of the state's fiscal problems.
Sirard may be contacted at 413-374-4803 or firstname.lastname@example.org.