Why I’m running

I am running for State Representative because I believe New Canaan and Wilton are among the best communities in Connecticut. I have been lucky enough to spend almost 30 years here. My wife Karen and I raised our son here, found a community of friends to cherish and celebrated many of the happiest moments of our lives here.


Over the last year, all of us have seen what goes on in Washington, what is happening in Hartford and the crises facing our society. I know many of us have been disturbed by the trends in our world, and many of us, regardless of political persuasion, have decided to “step up our game,” believing things CAN be better. My choice is to run for State Representative from the 125th District.


On your behalf, I will work to:
  • Improve leadership and reduce partisan infighting
  • Stop gun violence
  • Preserve quality education
  • Fix our failing transportation system
Read more: Why do I think I can make a difference?


Keeping our families safe from gun violence

I support legislation to close loopholes in our background check system; to make it illegal for those on the FBI terror watch list to buy a gun; to repeal the Dickey Amendment that bans gun violence research at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); to encourage licensing requirements for handgun purchases; and to help keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers.


The presence of guns in society creates a hidden tax as people and municipalities make investments to protect themselves and their citizens from gun violence. Consequently, I endorse the taxation of weapons, ammunition and large capacity magazines. The money collected through this taxation will be dedicated to increasing the resources necessary to create a safe society.

Supporting quality schools and education

Education is at the heart of why people move to New Canaan and Wilton. Our world-class schools prepare our daughters and sons for the considerable challenges they will face for the rest of their lives. Schools must have adequate resources, take advantage of the latest technology, and integrate that technology into the most appropriate teaching approach for each student. The student thrives when the learning experience is personal, and the district succeeds when it makes efficient use of its resources.

Addressing a transportation infrastructure in crisis

Connecticut is in an economic competition against other states and, in order to win, we need a modern, reliable and safe transportation system – something we do not currently have. Sections of many of our major highways, as well as streets such as Route 7 for which the state is responsible, are almost undriveable. The threatened cuts to our mass transit systems will cripple our ability to commute to work and move goods and services to our towns, and they will make the lives of the poorest members of our communities even more difficult. Rebuilding our transportation network so people can get to work, businesses can grow, and our towns can thrive depends on proper funding and ensuring that, like our neighboring states, everyone contributes their fair share.


Put simply, when Connecticut invests in our roads, bridges, rail and buses, it is investing in the economy, in job growth and in the quality of life in our communities. I will build the coalitions necessary to ensure these investments are made wisely and well to help our state thrive.


  • Thu
    6:00 PM - 8:30 PMComstock Community Center

    Join Ross every Thursday evening from 6 PM - 8:30 PM at the Comstock Community Center in Wilton to engage voters in the 125th District while meeting other volunteers!

    Come any time and for as long as you can! Snacks and drinks will be provided. No experience required -- just bring your phone!

    The Comstock Community Center is located at 180 School Rd, Wilton, CT.

  • Tue

     Ross canvasses every day to connect with voters. Help him knock on more doors by volunteering to drive! Contact the campaign by emailing Ross at Ross@RossTartell.com to organize a time that works for you.