Dwyer, who is a retired president and CEO of the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA, has served on school board since November 2011.
The Senate district, in addition to Fairfield, inlcudes Easton, Newtown, and parts of Westport and Weston. The seat is currently held by state Sen. Tony Hwang, a Fairfield Republican, who has been endorsed by the GOP to seek a second term this year.
“More than ever, public education is being shaped by decisions made in Hartford,” Dwyer said in a statement announcing his candidacy. “If given the opportunity, I would use my experience to craft strategic, goal-oriented solutions that would place more control and resources in the hands of locally elected officials.”
“Phil has been a superb leader on the Fairfield Board of Education, as well as the dozens of projects he has spearheaded across state and region on behalf of the YMCA,” U.S. Rep. Jim Himes said in support of Dwyer’s candidacy. “I have seen firsthand the respect Phil has earned across the political spectrum and I know he has the knowledge and experience to address the challenges that face the different communities of the 28th District.”
Before moving to Fairfield 24 years ago, Dwyer had served on the Board of Education in Rye., N.Y., and the Northampton County Council in Pennsylvania.