Republicans choose Everett to challenge Osten in 19th Senate District

Columbia Republican Selectman Steven Everett was endorsed Monday as the Republican candidate in the 19th state Senate District.

Everett, 53, who also serves on the Columbia Financial Planning and Allocation Commission, will challenge incumbent freshman Democratic state Sen. Cathy Osten of Sprague in the district that covers Columbia, Franklin, Hebron, Lebanon, Ledyard, Lisbon, Marlborough, Montville, Norwich and Sprague.

“One party rule in Connecticut has resulted in the highest tax increase in state history, unsustainable state spending, increased state debt, and one of the worst business climates in the nation,” said state Sen. Len Fasano, chairman of the Senate Republican Campaign Committee. The party met in Hartford Monday to select its state Senate candidates. “Today we are proud to endorse Steven Everett for state Senate in our continuing effort to end the one party rule in our state.”

Everett has lived in Columbia since 1987 and served in the U.S. Navy for 32 years, including active duty in the Middle East during Operation Enduring Freedom. He also has worked in sales and marketing for SNET and AT&T and in pharmaceuticals. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Connecticut State University.

"I am very pleased to be the candidate for the 19th district. I'm looking forward to meeting people and finding out what their concerns are and lessening the burdens on small businesses so they can hire people and provide the goods and services we need," he said.

Everett has volunteered as a baseball and basketball coach and ran the Columbia Ski Club for six years. He lives in Columbia with his wife Lynda and their three children: Stephanie, Joseph and Christina.

The Senate Republican Campaign Committee is a legislative leadership political action committee dedicated to electing more Republicans to the state Senate.

The Democratic nominating convention will be held next Monday at 7:30 p.m. at Norwich City Hall.

c.bessette@theday.com

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