Endorsed Republican candidate for the 78th House District State Representative seat Joe Hoxha defeated opponent Aileen Abrams in the Tuesday primary with 802 votes to 268 and, currently, will move onto the general November election unchallenged.
“Honestly, it really hit me when I saw my name on the news,” he said, referencing the news ticker graphic that streams along the bottom of many broadcast news programs. “I grew up following politics very closely and seeing that with the check mark next to the candidate’s name made things official. When I saw my name with that check mark and the 75% to 25%, it sunk in.”
The candidate called the experience “surreal.” He felt happy and blessed to be able to run, win and have the opportunity to serve the 78th House District’s constituents.
“I want to do good by the district for the people who voted for me and those who didn’t vote for me,” said Hoxha. “I definitely want to be a state representative for everyone. I do have conservative viewpoints that I think many, many people in the district share and that will be the basis for a lot of my decisions but I really do hope to and plan on having a good relationship with all my constituents.”
When it comes to the state budget, Hoxha plans on being a proponent of “cutting out waste” and cutting taxes.
“I ran on a platform on making the tax cut that was recently implemented by the governor permanent and stopping any new taxes,” he said.
The chief challenge to today’s average Connecticut resident, Hoxha believes, is simply the affordability of living.
“What we as the government can do is get out of people’s way and cut as many of these burdensome taxes as we can cut and at least contribute that way in making the lives of residents easier in Connecticut,” he continued.
Hoxha thanked those who volunteered in helping him on the campaign trail and those who supported him or not in voting.
“One of the most important things we can do is vote and I just want to thank everyone who came out,” he said. “I will be a state representative for all and I will listen to everyone and I’ve got a good track record with that.”
A University of Connecticut graduate with degrees in political science and sociology, Hoxha has traveled through Missouri, New Hampshire, Texas, Connecticut and Virginia working through several Republican campaigns. He is a member of the Republican State Central Committee and a graduate of Bristol Central High School where he was noted for playing soccer and wrestling. He said he took an interest in politics at a young age and would spend hours reading about American history. He works in the finance industry.