[Editor's Note: The following is a press release provided by Obsitnik's campaign.]
BRIDGEPORT -- Businessman and educator Steve Obsitnik announced today his candidacy for the U.S. Congress from Connecticut's 4th District in Bridgeport. With friends, family and supporters at his side, Obsitnik stressed the importance of changing course in Washington, putting Americans back to work, and creating a smart, working government.
"I am an optimist, and I believe America's best days are still ahead of us," said Obsitnik. "We need leadership in Washington to support entrepreneurship, excellence in education, fiscal responsibility, and private sector job growth. These are the keys to moving our economy forward, and I intend to be a strong voice on behalf of these core principles."
"Steve Obsitnik is the kind of high quality candidate we need representing Connecticut's 4th district," remarked Republican State Party Chairman Jerry Labriola. "Connecticut deserves to have Representatives in Washington with real world experience in creating jobs and serving in our military, and who will confront the challenges we face by offering real solutions."
Citing his background as a military officer, a technology entrepreneur and CEO, a small businessman, and a local educator, Mr. Obsitnik asserted that his record and experience make him particularly qualified to serve Connecticut’s 4th district in a time of economic difficulty.
"I am running to create a smart, working government that generates an environment where businesses create jobs; where strong fiscal responsibility and accountability are the keys to quality of life and national security; and education and entrepreneurship are fundamental to restoring the American Dream," he said.
Steve Obsitnik is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering with honors. Prior to Annapolis, Mr. Obsitnik graduated from Stamford High School in 1985 where he was a captain of the varsity soccer team.
He served for five years in the U.S. Navy, primarily as a Lieutenant on board the U.S.S. Ray, a nuclear attack submarine. He was awarded eight medals during several deployments, including to the Arctic Circle. After completing his naval duty, Mr. Obsitnik attended The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, earning a Masters in Business Administration with a degree in finance.
Over the past 15 years, he has worked in the technology industry as a business executive in both Silicon Valley and Connecticut. He is an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at the Jack Welch College of Business at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield. Mr. Obsitnik lives in Westport with his wife Suzanne Tager, a management consultant, and their two children who attend local public schools.
For more information, please visit www.obsitnik.com