Democrats nominate Mark Robbins for 125th District
Updated 12:12 pm, Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Current State Rep. John Hetherington (R) announced his retirement earlier this year.
"I'm very enthusiastic about this," Robbins said following the nomination at town hall. "Frankly this is my first time involved in politics and I'm very fortunate to have very knowledgeable and thoughtful people to work with on this committee. My two favorite towns [are] New Canaan and Wilton, so it's going to be a lot of fun to campaign and work with everyone. So I'm very grateful for the opportunity."
Robbins, who served on the town's Long Range Planning Committee, is a trustee of the New Canaan Nature Center and serves on the Business and Environment Committee of SoundWaters in Stamford. He was recently named statewide co-chairman of the Connecticut Green Building Council's Green Homes Committee, and he serves on New Canaan's Conservation Commission.
At the convention, Robbins said energy will be a strong initiative for him.
"Looking at ways to reduce carbon footprint and employ both energy conservation and energy creation measures and innovations locally, which would certainly come with a job creation and environmental benefit," Robbins said.
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Robbins is also the founder and principal of MHR Development, a Connecticut-based real estate and energy consulting firm. In the course of his career planning, designing and developing investment-grade commercial and residential projects, Robbins has been responsible for projects in New Canaan, Wilton, Stamford, Norwalk, Greenwich and other towns throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and the West Coast. He recently developed a conservation community with the first LEED-certified home of its size in the Northeast.
"This is an extraordinary opportunity to advocate for the residents of New Canaan and Wilton and a time of great momentum. I am uniquely positioned to succeed and to represent the collective interests of our towns at the state level," Robbins said in a statement released later. "I am running now to dedicate my professional expertise to negotiating for the good of our residents. My background in environment stewardship and large scale project planning will be a great strength. I look forward to collaborating with the thoughtful and innovative leaders in our town and the state."
"I am thrilled that after an extensive search we were able to bring forward a candidate with a strong environmental background and a history of building great things in Connecticut," she said in a press release. "Retiring Representative John Hetherington's environmental record earned him bipartisan support, and I am sure Mark Robbins' expertise will appeal to all voters, too. Mark will be a representative who will reach out to all who live in the 125th and work hard on their behalf in Hartford."
Wilton Democratic Town Committee Chairman John Kalamarides agreed.
"Mark Robbins is a candidate whose environmental expertise and private-sector experience will appeal to Democrats, unaffiliated voters and Republicans alike," he said in a statement.
Robbins earned his bachelor's degree in economics and philosophy from Columbia University and his master's degree in real estate development from Columbia's School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and has taught courses as adjunct faculty at Columbia.
He will run against Republican challenger Thomas O'Dea in November.