Darien’s Jayme Stevenson Announces Congressional Candidacy
DARIEN — Republican Jayme Stevenson, Darien’s former first adviser, announced his candidacy Sunday to oust Congressman Jim Himes, a Democrat, in the 4th District. Himes has held the seat since 2009.
“Actually, I thought about it for a few years. I’m just really unhappy with the discourse I’m seeing in Washington with our representatives, which I think has come to a head,” Stevenson told the CT Examiner by phone Sunday.
As a mother of five and now a grandmother of two, she was also driven by concerns about the world that future generations will grow up in.
“Seeing what is happening with the increase in crime and violence on our streets and the problems on our borders, the schools that are failing our children – there are so many problems, both nationally and now overseas, that I think the people serving in Washington right now are complicit,” she said. “Anyone who has been in Washington, voting for certain policies, I consider them to be part of the reason we are where we are today. So I believe it is time for a change.
Stevenson said she not only brings her experience, but also “the good temper and the ability to really listen to the people” she serves and find solutions that work in every way.
“I know what it means to have to work with people who are not from the same party to get things done. I’ve done it every day for 10 years in Darien and so I’m ready to take this challenge to the next level and bring some seriousness and civility to national politics,” she said.
She said she was passionate about helping get the economy back on track and would draw on her experience in crafting zero-based balanced budgets in Darien.
“We have never spent beyond our means and we have not borrowed for frivolous purposes. And as a result, we have a very good triple A rating, and we still have it, and we’re very proud of it. So I will certainly support less spending and less borrowing.
She would support America’s return to “energy independence”, especially given the current inflation of gas and oil prices due to the war in Ukraine.
“His [about] back on the oil and gas reserves we have, but at the same time I support clean energy initiatives. I don’t think this is an “either or” policy myself. I think energy policy has to be dynamic and evolve according to domestic and foreign conditions – and right now we have to get back to energy independence and that will give us a lot of strength in the world.
She said she would also help increase public safety and restore trust in law enforcement across the country, while supporting mental health services within communities.
“I would work very hard to make sure that all police departments across the country have access to the right training and the right technology so that they are all very highly trained… I think there is a role for intervention social services at certain times with certain incidents,” she said. “It’s such a fundamental role of government to keep the public safe that we need to rebuild trust in our law enforcement.”
Support for mental health services, particularly for children, would be a priority, she said.
“Our children are really suffering from a sense of isolation from COVID policies. So now that things are reopening, I think we have a lot of catching up work to do to support our children and I welcome the opportunity to work on this on a national level.
Stevenson, 60, said she was a bond analyst at Standard and Poor’s before becoming a stay-at-home mom to raise her five children. In 2018, she ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor.
She said she was a member of several nonprofit boards in the area, including LifeBridge Community Services in Bridgeport and the Rowan Center – formerly known as the Center for Sexual Assault and Crisis Counseling in Stamford.
“And I recently joined the Stamford EMS board. From my experience in emergency management and preparedness, that suited me well after my 10 years as a first manager,” he said. she declared.
Stevenson said she was part of a “new breed” of Republicans.
“I think the Republican Party this year has the right ideas to transform the state and transform our country, move us in a better direction,” she said. “I’m not your grandfather’s Republican, that’s for sure. And I’m really looking forward to telling people about what I stand for and how I can bring this new attitude to a healthier political environment in Washington.
In a later text to CT Examiner, Stevenson said the issues facing the Fourth District, state and country have nothing to do with partisan politics.
“Certainly, Republicans and Democrats have different ways of approaching issues. I believe in limited government intervention…. just enough to help people help themselves and a safety net for the most vulnerable among us,” she wrote. “I have faith in people knowing what’s best for their families and businesses and in the transformative power of American ingenuity. We need the government to be our partner in helping us stay safe, secure and secure. healthy and well educated…we can handle the rest.
She has described herself as a common-sense Republican, who does not stand on ideology.
“And I consider myself to be financially and financially astute and prudent – that’s an old world word, though. And, and perhaps more socially libertarian, that’s how I would describe myself,” she said.
When asked how she would feel if former President Donald Trump supported her campaign, Stevenson said she looked to the future rather than the past.
“I’m not looking back and there will probably be a number of Republicans entering the presidential race in a number of years. My campaign is my election is this November. And I can’t wait to run my own race. And that’s really how I feel right now,” she said.
She said she was not questioning the integrity of the 2020 election.
“I believe there were a lot of smart people in Washington who investigated and held hearings, and found no evidence of large-scale voter fraud. I certainly accept President Biden as our president. And so let’s move on. Let’s help make our voting environment easier for people to vote and harder for them to cheat. And if everyone keeps working towards those goals, I think we’ll be in a good place.
She said she looked forward to sharing her message with voters door-to-door in the 17 cities of the Fourth Ward.
“I truly believe that our world and America are less safe today than they were 14 years ago when we hired Jim Himes to go to Washington, so it’s time for a change,” he said. she declared. “And while it seems early for people to pay attention to a midterm election, there are so many things that challenge us all in our lives, that our representatives in Washington can do a better job of helping to mitigate. . And I look forward to earning the trust and faith of voters in November to be that person.
Stevenson will face challenger Robert Goldstein, of Greenwich, in the Republican primary in August. Goldstein, a physician and lawyer, announced in February that he would seek the Republican nomination for the Fourth District.