By SHARON DUNNING
To the Editor:
If the environment is as important to you as it is to me, you should be happy to hear that state Rep. Gary Turco is running for reelection this year. He’s been a true leader in protecting our environment.
Rep. Turco recognizes the importance of keeping Newington beautiful and healthy. Cedar Mountain is one of Newington’s greatest treasures. Rep. Turco’s hard work ensured that an additional 18.2 acres on Cedar Mountain would be preserved as open space. By passing legislation that raised the smoking and vaping ages to 21, Rep. Turco took an important step to minimize these sources of pollution. National data indicates that roughly 95% of adult smokers start before age 21, so this initiative has the potential to have a long-lasting positive impact on our air quality.
Rep. Turco’s support of the ban on fracking and toxic chemicals such as PFABs will also help keep Newington clean and healthy. Rep. Turco recognizes that smart investments in renewable energy will help protect Newington’s future. He supported legislation to create a new offshore wind industry to reduce our state’s reliance on fossil fuels. He also voted to increase investment in solar power and related jobs. Some may think that the environment isn’t a priority during a crisis, but protecting our environment now will help prevent more crises in the future.
I’m continuing to support Gary Turco because he has delivered on his promise to protect Newington’s environment. I hope that you will join me in endorsing his candidacy.