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Brian Ohler, a Republican, announced on Monday morning, May 11, that he will run for the office of state representative for the 64th District against incumbent Maria Horn, a Democrat. In this photo from 2018,he visited with FFA students at Housatonic Valley Regional High School. Photo by Patrick L. Sullivan

Ohler announces run for the 64th District

LAKEVILLE — Republican Brian Ohler announced on Monday, May 11, that he is running for state representative for the 64th District.

Ohler held the seat for one term in 2017-18 before losing to Maria Horn (D-64). Horn is running for reelection.

Ohler is associate director of safety and engineering at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Torrington. He said if elected he will continue in that job. “I am perfectly capable of doing both.”

In his May 11 press release Ohler stressed his qualifications for leading the 64th District in an uncertain time.

“I believe that I am now in a very unique position, being both a public safety and public health professional, to offer the most assistance and the greatest level of representation to the residents and small businesses of the 64th House District. 

“Over the past three months alone I have assisted hundreds of area residents, school administrators/teachers, small business owners, veterans, chief elected officials and health-care executives with their questions and concerns pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, ranging from PPE allocation, unemployment assistance, small business relief aid, personal stimulus payments, mental health counseling, K-12 school resources, veteran health benefits and so much more.”

In a phone interview Monday, May 11, Ohler said, “I”m ready and all in.”

He said traditional campaigning is “out the window.” He will rely on social media, where he said he has a “massive following,” and “digital outreach.”

In his first campaign, Ohler had his car emblazoned with his name and was very visible, at community events such as middle school graduation ceremonies with a sign.

Asked if he was going to have the car done again, he laughed and said he was considering it.

— Patrick L. Sullivan

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