Berg­stein a fresh voice

Stamford Advocate (Sunday) - - Opinion - Jackie Kaiko, Stam­ford

I’m a Con­necti­cut na­tive and I moved to North Stam­ford more than 35 years ago. I just hate hear­ing from friends that they can’t live here any­more — that Con­necti­cut has be­come too un­af­ford­able and taxes here are driv­ing them to move out-of-state.

But I re­cently went to an event at a friend’s house where I heard Alex Berg­stein speak. She’s the Demo­cratic can­di­date for the 36th dis­trict in the state se­nate. I was so im­pressed by her — she’s a breath of fresh air!

She’s smart, has well-thought out ideas and from the heart pas­sion for ad­dress­ing some of the worst prob­lems we have: the state pen­sion cri­sis and our crum­bling trans­porta­tion sys­tem (did you know that Con­necti­cut has more than 300 “struc­turally de­fi­cient” bridges?). All with the end goal of keep­ing busi­nesses here in Con­necti­cut and en­cour­ag­ing more peo­ple to stay and get­ting oth­ers to make it their home.

The prob­lems that face our state surely won’t be easy to fix. We’ve given the cur­rent state sen­a­tor more than 10 years to make a dent, but we still have de­fi­cient roads and bridges, prob­lems with state pen­sions, high taxes, peo­ple and com­pa­nies leav­ing the state.

I re­ally do be­lieve that Alex will fol­low through on her word to do what needs to be done: res­tore fis­cal sta­bil­ity, work hard on what needs to be fixed and up­hold our val­ues. I’ll vote for Alex on Nov. 6 to give her the chance to work for us as our next state sen­a­tor and I hope you will, too.

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