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Esty Challenges 'Visibility' Issue From Sherman Challenger

U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty and Deputy Labor Secretary Chris Lu visit the manufacturing lab at Abbott Tech High School in Danbury.
U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty and Deputy Labor Secretary Chris Lu visit the manufacturing lab at Abbott Tech High School in Danbury. Photo Credit: Contributed
U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty tours the Danbury Railroad Museum this past winter.
U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty tours the Danbury Railroad Museum this past winter. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- A spokesperson for U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-5th District) challenged an assertion from her Republican challenger that she lacks visibility in the Danbury region of her district.

Clay Cope, first selectman of Sherman and Esty's Republican opponent in this fall's election, said in a Daily Voice story that Esty has neglected Danbury and other towns in western Connecticut.

"Elizabeth has been to every city and town in our district, with multiple visits to the western region just in the last few weeks,'' said Craig Frucht, her communications director. "In Brookfield, for instance, she participated in an Eagle Scout ceremony and presented medals to local veterans. In Sherman, she met with the Candlewood Lake Authority and other local representatives about the future of Candlewood Lake. In New Fairfield, she talked with families and marched in the Independence Day parade. In Newtown, she attended the opening of the new Sandy Hook School just last week. She's also held dozens of community forums, town hall meetings, and issue roundtables throughout the district this year."

Cope said he has never met Esty despite serving as the first selectman of Sherman since 2011. Frucht said Esty has attempted to communicate with Cope.

"Mr. Cope continues to complain about never having met Elizabeth, but Elizabeth has reached out to Mr. Cope more than 20 times over the last two years -- inviting him to community events, soliciting his feedback, and asking how she can be helpful to him -- without receiving a response,'' he said. "She's also had her staff reach out on her behalf, but he's chosen not to respond."

Esty is seeking a third term in the November race.

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