The following is adapted from a press release sent to GOOD Morning Wilton by the Sharlach campaign.

Wilton resident and business executive Phil Sharlach has been nominated by delegates at the Connecticut Democratic Party’s Convention to be the 26th District Senatorial candidate. The 26th Senatorial District includes Bethel, New Canaan, Redding, Ridgefield, Weston, Westport and Wilton.

The seat is currently held by Republican incumbent State Sen. Toni Boucher.

Thirty-plus years of experience at Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers and the U.S. General Accountability Office (G.A.O.) highlight Sharlach’s successful career in management and consulting. Mr. Sharlach developed the organizational and financial management plan for the breakup of A.T.&T. His consulting experience with many industries allows him to tackle inefficiencies of the state budget, government operations and tax burdens faced by constituents of the 26th district.

“I am listening to the 26th district. Our senatorial district is the financial backbone of Connecticut. I can advocate for and receive a greater share of the services and funds from our state government. My experience has shown that we can improve upon the revenue stream in compliance with existing legislation,” said Sharlach.

Wilton D.T.C. member Jason Cutler applauded Sharlach’s nationwide business acumen.

“As a management consultant, he built business strategies for NutriSystem, Weight Watchers and Verizon, and developed a strong skill set for the 26th district. Sharlach has the talent and ability to dig into budget items and think creatively.”

In 2006, Sharlach retired and immediately used his corporate background to assist others. Mr. Sharlach currently serves on the board of Area 9 Cable Council where he has been an advocate for greater transparency in government. He is an active adviser for SCORE, a non-profit business consulting service that trains entrepreneurs to launch small businesses. A veteran himself, Mr. Sharlach has long supported veteran mental health care with OnGo Health. He was the recipient of the 2014 Patient Support Award by Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Fairfield County on May 20.

“We are ready to win this race for Phil. Our towns deserve proactive leadership, strong focus on local business and commitment to creative thinking. We welcome Phil to the team,” said Susan Cocco, Ridgefield D.T.C. chair.

Sharlach graduated from Quinnipiac University in 1968 and served in the U.S. Army until 1974. He has lived in Wilton for 30 years with his wife, Suzanne, on Snowberry Ln.. They have two sons, Steven and Darren, and three grandchildren.