A former information technology worker is challenging U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty in the state's 5th District.
Republican Craig Diangelo filed paperwork last month for the 2018 election and held a campaign kickoff fundraiser Monday night in New Britain.
Diangelo worked at Northeast Utilities -- now known as Eversource -- until he was laid off and replaced by a new employee hired through the H1-B foreign worker visa program. His criticism of the program has been the main focus of his early campaign.
President Donald Trump signed an executive order in April to reform the visa program, saying that "widespread abuse in our immigration system is allowing American workers from all backgrounds to be replaced by workers brought in from other countries to fill the same job, for, sometimes, less pay."
Though Diangelo has been critical of the state's Democratic delegation in Washington and how they responded to his concerns about H1-Bs, he appeared alongside Sen. Richard Blumenthal at a press conference in March 2016 when Blumenthal introduced legislation to overhaul the program.
Esty was first elected to the 5th District in 2012. The seat includes 41 towns and cities throughout northwest and central Connecticut.