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SE­NATE DISTRICT 14 PAM STANESKI

Party: Repub­li­can Job: State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive for House District

119; ED­U­CA­TION: Old Do­min­ion Univer­sity: Of­fice/ Com­mu­nity Groups:

for­mer mem­ber of the Mil­ford Board of Ed­u­ca­tion eight years and Board of Al­der­men two years, trustee

Boys and Girls Club; co­founder Mil­ford Pre­ven­tion Coun­cil and past pres­i­dent Mil­ford Prom­ise; Top Is

sues: Re­duce taxes, stop tolls and bring new busi­ness into the state to cre­ate more jobs; Town: Mil­ford AGE: 58 Cam­paign

Web­site: www. face­book. com/ Pam4Se­nate

JAMES MARONEY

Party: Demo­crat Job: ed­u­ca­tion con­sul­tant and owner of First Choice Col­lege Place­ment; Ed­u­ca­tion: Yale Univer­sity; Of­fice/ Com­mu­nity

Groups: State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive for House District 119 in 2013- 15; for­mer mem­ber Mil­ford Board of Ed­u­ca­tion, mem­ber Devon Ro­tary Club, Mil­ford Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion and served on Con­necti­cut Plan­ning Com­mis­sion for Higher Ed­u­ca­tion. Top Is­sues: Bal­ance the bud­get re­spon­si­bly that funds our in­fra­struc­ture and boosts wages and econ­omy; fight for world class ed­u­ca­tion; sup­port the mid­dle class. Town: Mil­ford Age: 44 Cam­paign Web­site: www. maroney­forus. com

SE­NATE DISTRICT 17 GE­ORGE LO­GAN

Party: Repub­li­can, in­cum­bent Job: Se­na­tor rep­re­sent­ing 17th District and di­rec­tor of en­vi­ron­men­tal af­fairs for the Aquar­ion

Wa­ter Co. Ed­u­ca­tion: Univer­sity of Bridge­port Of­fices/ Com­mu­nity Groups:

board of di­rec­tors of Grif­fin Hos­pi­tal, Greater Val­ley Cham­ber of Com­merce, CCC YMCA and Ju­nior Achieve­ment and cor­po­ra­tor of Boys & Girls Club of Lower Nau­gatuck Val­ley Top Is­sues:

“Not rais­ing taxes or in­stalling tolls.”

Town: An­so­nia Age: 49 Cam­paign Web­site: www. re­elect­lo­gan. com

JORGE CABR­ERA

Party: Demo­cratic Job: Union or­ga­nizer Ed­u­ca­tion: Quin­nip­iac Univer­sity Of­fices/ Com­mu­nity

Groups: United Way, Boys and Girls Club, Na­tional Read Aloud, Neigh­bor­hood Watch and PTA Top Is

sues: “Bet­ter fund­ing for pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion, eq­uity in pay and paid fam­ily leave. I be­lieve Con­necti­cut’s econ­omy can be re­built through bet­ter jobs and in­fra­struc­ture.” Town: Ham­den Age: 44

Cam­paign Web­site: cabr­eraforstate­se­n­ate. com

MON­ICA BRILL SE­NATE DISTRICT 21

Party: Demo­cratic Job:

Served as Se­nior Fi­nance Di­rec­tor at Catholic Char­i­ties of Fair­field County, and is cur­rently Con­troller at New Op­por­tu­ni­ties, Inc., an agency that pro­vides an ar­ray of so­cial ser­vice pro­grams to the low in­come pop­u­la­tion in 27 mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in­clud­ing Water­bury. Man­aged large ac­counts, such as the Guggen­heim Mu­seum, for the in­ter­na­tional ac­count­ing firm Coop­ers & Ly­brand Ed­u­ca­tion: Queens Col­lege, BA Top is­sues: “I chose to run for state Se­nate to work col­lab­o­ra­tively across party lines to tackle Con­necti­cut’s eco­nomic chal­lenges head- on. Con­necti­cut needs an eco­nomic strat­egy that gen­er­ates a long term re­cov­ery while build­ing an econ­omy that pro­vides good pay­ing jobs and more op­por­tu­nity for young work­ers en­ter­ing the work­force.” Age: 52; Town: Strat­ford Cam­paign Web­site: http:// mon­i­ca4ct­se­n­ate. com/# sec­tion1

KEVIN KELLY

Party: Repub­li­can, in­cum­bent Job: Se­nate Repub­li­can co- chair of the Ag­ing Com­mit­tee and the In­sur­ance and Real Es­tate Com­mit­tee and he also serves as the Se­nate Repub­li­can ViceChair of the Hous­ing Com­mit­tee and the Hu­man Ser­vices Com­mit­tee. Ed­u­ca­tion: As­sump­tion Col­lege B. A., Fair­field Univer­sity, MA, , Univer­sity of Con­necti­cut School Of Law, J. D.; Top is­sues: “I am an advocate for com­mon sense so­lu­tions to re­duce govern­ment spend­ing and cre­ate jobs for mid­dle- class fam­i­lies. He pri­or­i­tizes en­vi­ron­men­tal stew­ard­ship and is­sues per­tain­ing to Con­necti­cut’s se­nior cit­i­zens.” Age: 58 Town: Strat­ford Cam­paign Web­site: http:// ct­se­n­atere­pub­li­cans. com/ home- kelly/

SE­NATE DISTRICT 22 RICH DEECKEN

Party: Repub­li­can Job: Bridge­port Pub­lic Schools Ed­u­ca­tion: Trum­bull High School and Sa­cred Heart Univer­sity Of­fices/ Com­mu­nity Groups: Trum­bull Plan­ning & Zon­ing Com­mis­sion and In­land Wet­lands Com­mis­sion, youth ath­letic coach and of­fi­cial ( foot­ball, soc­cer, cricket), as­sis­tant di­rec­tor of the Bas­sick High School Jazz Band Top Is­sues: “We must in­vest in our youth by pre­par­ing stu­dents for the jobs of to­mor­row. As a Bridge­port teacher, I fight ev­ery day for our stu­dents, and I un­der­stand the im­por­tance of ed­u­ca­tion to the vi­tal­ity of our com­mu­nity. A trained, skilled la­bor force will at­tract busi­nesses, cre­at­ing jobs and op­por­tu­ni­ties.” Town: Trum­bull Age: 31 Cam­paign Web­site: https:// www. richdeecken. com/

MAR­I­LYN MOORE

Party: Demo­cratic, in­cum­bent Job: Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor/ Wit­ness

Pro­ject of CT Ed­u­ca­tion:

Cen­tral High School in Bridge­port, Housatonic Com­mu­nity Col­lege and the Univer­sity of Bridge­port Of­fices/ Com­mu­nity Groups: Na­tional Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Black Elected Leg­isla­tive Women, June­teenth Pa­rade Com­mit­tee, NAACP, past of­fi­cer of Hall Neigh­bor­hood House Top Is­sues: “Ev­ery­thing associated with pro­tect­ing women’s re­pro­duc­tive rights that are un­der at­tack.” Town: Bridge­port Age: 69 Cam­paign Web­site: face­book. com/ MooreForS­tateSe­nate/

SE­NATE DISTRICT 23 DEN­NIS BRADLEY

Party: Demo­cratic Job: At­tor­ney Of­fices/ Com­mu­nity Groups: Board of Ed­u­ca­tion mem­ber/ past chair­man, mem­ber of the NAACP, His­panic Com­merce As­so­ci­a­tion Top Is­sues: “Eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, es­pe­cially along East Main Street, Strat­ford and Con­necti­cut av­enues, bring­ing a casino to Bridge­port, ed­u­ca­tion and school choice, re­form­ing the ju­di­cial sys­tem and jury se­lec­tion process to make ju­ries more di­verse.” Town: Bridge­port Cam­paign Web­site: face­book. com/ bradley­fors­e­n­ate/

JOHN RO­DRIGUEZ

Party: Repub­li­can: Job: ShopRite Ed­u­ca­tion: Evan­der Childs

and Mt. St. Mary; Of­fices/ Com­mu­nity Groups:

Board Pres­i­dent of Bridge Academy for three years and board mem­ber for five years of prison re- en­try min­istry Top Is­sues: “Ed­u­ca­tion is the key. From pre- K through adult ed­u­ca­tion. Ed­u­ca­tion will give us good pay­ing jobs, fam­ily sta­bil­ity, home own­er­ship, re­duce crime, and pro­duce tax pay­ing cit­i­zens. Ed­u­ca­tion will make Bridge­port more at­trac­tive to com­pa­nies look­ing to re­lo­cate and for lo­cal com­pa­nies to ex­pand their busi­ness.” Town: Bridge­port: Age: 65

SE­NATE DISTRICT 26 WILL HASKELL

Party: Demo­cratic Job: Ed­u­ca­tion: Ge­orge­town Univer­sity Of­fices/ Com­mu­nity Groups: Top Is­sues: “Cur­rently, 350 bridges in Con­necti­cut are struc­turally de­fi­cient, in­clud­ing dozens in the 26th District. Con­necti­cut’s fis­cal cri­sis com­pro­mises the state’s abil­ity to fix these over­due in­fra­struc­ture prob­lems. I plan to push for an in­fra­struc­ture lock­box, to en­sure that rev­enue from sources like train fares go di­rectly to im­prov­ing Con­necti­cut’s trans­porta­tion in­fra­struc­ture.” Town: Age: 22 Cam­paign Web­site: Wil­lHaskell­forCT. com

TONI BOUCHER

Party: Repub­li­can, in­cum­bent Job: State Se­na­tor/ State of CT and a fi­nance ex­ec­u­tive with a CT based In­sti­tu­tional As­set Man­age­ment Firm Ed­u­ca­tion: Amer­i­can Univer­sity and USD, BA, UCONN, MBA Of­fices/ Com­mu­nity Groups: Wil­ton Board of Ed­u­ca­tion Chair, Board of Select­man, State Board of Ed­u­ca­tion, State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive, As­sis­tant Mi­nor­ity Leader, State Se­na­tor, Chief Deputy Leader Top Is­sues: “The top is­sue is Con­necti­cut’s fis­cal sta­bil­ity. Our econ­omy, jobs and home val­ues are shrink­ing. The only thing grow­ing are taxes which have made Con­necti­cut un­af­ford­able and have peo­ple leav­ing. My goal is to make our state fi­nan­cially com­pet­i­tive by re­duc­ing the cost of liv­ing and run­ning a busi­ness.” Town: Wil­ton Cam­paign Web­site: www. boucher­forct. com

SE­NATE DISTRICT 28 MICHELLE LAP­INE MCCABE

Party: Demo­crat Job: Di­rec­tor, Cen­ter for Food Eq­uity and Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment, The Coun­cil of Churches of Greater Bridge­port Ed­u­ca­tion: Vas­sar Col­lege, Pough­keep­sie, NY, Univer­sity of Texas - Austin ( MA) Of­fices/ Com­mu­nity Groups: PTA Coun­cil ( Chair Fuel for Learn­ing Part­ner­ship, 4th Vice Pres­i­dent of Lead­er­ship), Board of Trustees - Fair­field Pub­lic Li­brary, Sa­cred Heart Univer­sity School of So­cial Work Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil, Gover­nor’s Agri­cul­ture Coun­cil, Con­necti­cut Food Sys­tem Al­liance mem­ber, Ac­count­able Health Com­mu­nity Ad­vi­sory Board, Con­necti­cut As­set Build­ing Col­lab­o­ra­tive Steer­ing Com­mit­tee, Women’s Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Coun­cil Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee. Top Is­sues: “My top is­sue is eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, at­tract­ing more busi­nesses and res­i­dents to Con­necti­cut, and mak­ing Con­necti­cut more eq­ui­table and af­ford­able for all.” Town: Fair­field Age: 49 Cam­paign Web­site: www. michelle­forct. com

TONY HWANG

Party: Repub­li­can, in­cum­bent Job: Real Es­tate/ Wil­liam Raveis Ed­u­ca­tion: Cor­nell Univer­sity, Ithaca, NY Of­fices/ Com­mu­nity Groups: LEG­ISLA­TIVE: Fair­field RTM; CT General As­sem­bly House District 134; CT General As­sem­bly Se­nate District

28; Co- Chair of Hous­ing Com­mit­tee, Vice Chair, Ag­ing and En­ergy & Tech­nol­ogy Com­mit­tee; CoChair Bi­par­ti­san Bio­science Cau­cus COM­MU­NITY: Op­er­a­tion Hope ( Home­less­ness), The Fam­ily Jus­tice Cen­ter ( Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence), The Kennedy Cen­ter ( Devel­op­men­tal Dis­abil­i­ties), Autism Speaks ( Devel­op­men­tal Dis­abil­i­ties) Top Is­sues:

“Our fo­cus is a pas­sion­ate com­mit­ment to our com­mu­nity. Fis­cal ac­count­abil­ity ( re­duce/ pri­or­i­tize govern­ment spend­ing and ease the tax bur­den on CT fam­i­lies) Jobs & econ­omy ( cre­ate an ecosys­tem that will em­power job seeks and busi­nesses to­ward long- term growth/ suc­cess) SO­CIAL RE­SPON­SI­BIL­ITY ( lead­er­ship to en­sure our most vul­ner­a­ble & at- risk are pro­tected).”

Town: Fair­field Age: 54 Cam­paign Web­site: TonyHwang. org

SE­NATE DISTRICT 32 ERIC BERTHEL

Party: Repub­li­can, in­cum­bent Job: State Se­na­tor for the 32nd District and em­ployed at Post Univer­sity Ed­u­ca­tion: Pom­per­aug High School in South­bury, Man­hat­tanville

Col­lege and Univer­sity of Bridge­port Of­fices/ Com­mu­nity Groups: State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive House District 68 2014- 17, vice chair­man of the Water­town Pub­lic Schools Board of Ed­u­ca­tion, Brass City Young Marines, Wa­ter/ Oak Crimes­top­pers Top Is­sues:

“Re­duce waste­ful spend­ing, lower taxes, re­ject in­stal­la­tion of tolls and make Con­necti­cut great again.” Town: Water­town Age: 51 Cam­paign Web­site: www. berthelfors­e­n­ate. com

CATHER­INE DECARLI

Party: Demo­cratic Job: Mar­ket­ing for Sup­port/ Vi­sion En­gi­neer­ing

Ed­u­ca­tion: Char­ter Oak

State Col­lege Of­fices/ Com­mu­nity Groups: Vice chair­man of the South­bury Demo­cratic town com­mit­tee, sec­re­tary to the South

Bri­tain His­toric District Com­mit­tee and mem­ber of Con­necti­cut Pops Top Is­sues: “Con­necti­cut needs to bal­ance its bud­get but not on the back s of the work­ing and mid­dle class. If Repub­li­cans plan to re­peal the in­come tax which is 51% of the state’s rev­enue then I am con­cerned about the well be­ing of the Husky Pro­gram and other ser­vices.” Town: South­bury Age: 54 Cam­paign Web­site: www. cathy­forct. com

HOUSE DISTRICT 104 KARA ROCHELLE

Party: Demo­cratic Job: Ad­min­is­tra­tor, Shab­tai at Yale Ed­u­ca­tion: Ford­ham Univer­sity Of­fices/ Com­mu­nity Groups: Derby Ethics Board, Derby Demo­cratic Town Com­mit­tee, Derby Elks, Ex­ec­u­tive

Vice Pres­i­dent of CT Young Democrats, Pres­i­dent of Nau­gatuck Val­ley Young Democrats, Hon­oree of the Ella T. Grasso Women in Lead­er­ship Award; Top Is­sues: “My pri­or­ity is eco­nomic sta­bil­ity for our res­i­dents in the 104th and for hard- work­ing fam­i­lies across the state. We need good pay­ing jobs, tax re­lief for mid­dle and work­ing class fam­i­lies, af­ford­able health care, child care, and ed­u­ca­tion, and poli­cies that fo­cus on grow­ing our mid­dle class.” Town: Derby Age: 35 Cam­paign Web­site: Karaforct. com

JOSEPH JAUMANN

Party: Repub­li­can Job:

At­tor­ney and owner of

Drapp & Jaumann, LLC, Bridge­port Ed­u­ca­tion: Univer­sity of Al­bany ( SUNY), Quin­nip­iac Univer­sity Law School and Amer­i­can Univer­sity for Mas­ter of

Laws Of­fices/ Com­mu­nity Groups: Fifth Ward Al­der­man and mem­ber of, Board of Fire Com­mis­sion­ers, Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion, An­so­nia- Derby Tem­po­rary Re­gional Study Com­mit­tee, An­so­nia Lit­tle League vice pres­i­dent, hon­orary mem­ber of the An­so­nia Blue Fundrais­ing Com­mit­tee and for­mer chair­man of Plan­ning and Zon­ing Com­mis­sion, for­mer chair­man of Zon­ing Board of Ap­peals and Char­ter Re­vi­sion Com­mis­sion, all in An­so­nia and for­mer board mem­ber of the Chil­dren and Fam­ily Guid­ance Cen­ter Top Is­sues: “My fo­cus is on the econ­omy, pro­tect­ing the tax­pay­ers and bring­ing bet­ter pay­ing jobs and op­por­tu­ni­ties back to the Val­ley. We need to pri­or­i­tize spend­ing to en­sure the district re­ceives its full and fair share of ed­u­ca­tion fund­ing while pro­tect­ing our se­niors, veterans and the dis­abled.” Town: An­so­nia Age: 41 Cam­paign Web­site: www. Jau­mann2018. com

HOUSE DISTRICT 105 NICOLE KLAR­IDES- DI­TRIA

Party: Repub­li­can, in­cum­bent Job: State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive for

District 105, head trainer at Lau­ral­ton Hall High School, Mil­ford Ed­u­ca­tion: Quin­ni­pac Univer­sity and South­ern Con­necti­cut State Univer­sity Of­fices/ Com­mu­nity Groups:

Deputy First Select­man

2011- 16, Board of Fi­nance 2011- 13 both in Sey­mour and mem­ber of Wal­ter Camp Foot­ball Foun­da­tion Top Is­sues: “I have fought to re­verse the tax and spend habits in Hart­ford and im­ple­mented so­lu­tions... I’m work­ing to pro­tect our tax­payer dol­lars, fund­ing for our com­mu­ni­ties and cre­at­ing an econ­omy that will give every­one the op­por­tu­nity to achieve the Amer­i­can dream.” Town: Sey­mour Age: 49 Cam­paign Web­site: www. re­elec­tNKD. com

KEVIN MCDUFFIE

Party: Demo­cratic Job: elec­tron­ics tech­ni­cian Ed­u­ca­tion: Em­mett O’Brien Tech­ni­cal School Of­fices/ Com­mu­nity Groups: chair­man Bea­con Falls Plan­ning and Zon­ing Com­mis­sion, vice chair­man Bea­con Falls Demo­cratic Town Com­mit­tee and for­mer chair­man and vice chair­man of the An­so­nia Hous­ing Author­ity Top Is­sues: “We need a change in this state. No one is work­ing to­gether. And as I see it we are all suf­fer­ing. We’re los­ing busi­nesses to neigh­bor­ing states due to our taxes. Our se­niors and veterans need help. They have paid their dues so now it’s time to take care of them.” Town: Bea­con Falls Age: 63 Cam­paign Web­site:

HOUSE DISTRICT 113 JA­SON PER­ILLO

Party: Repub­li­can, in­cum­bent Of­fices/ Com­mu­nity Groups: House Repub­li­can Whip, serves on the Fi­nance, Pub­lic Health, and Ex­ec­u­tive and Leg­isla­tive Nom­i­na­tions Com­mit­tees

. Town: Shel­ton Cam­paign Web­site: face­book. com/ Rep. Ja­sonPer­illo/

ELAINE MATTO

Party: Demo­cratic Of­fices/ Com­mu­nity Groups: Plan­ning and Zon­ing Com­mis­sion sec­re­tary Town: Shel­ton Cam­paign Web­site: face­book. com/ ElaineMat­toShel­ton/

HOUSE DISTRICT 114 THEMIS KLAR­IDES

Party: Repub­li­can, in­cum­bent Job: State House Rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the 114th District, State House Mi­nor­ity Leader and lawyer with Co­hen and Wolf Ed­u­ca­tion: Trin­ity Col­lege and Quin­nip­iac Univer­sity

School of Law Of­fices/ Com­mu­nity Groups: Grif­fin Hos­pi­tal board of di­rec­tors, for­mer mem­ber of Sey­mour Board of Fi­nance and Derby Plan­ning and Zon­ing com­mis­sion, The Um­brella Cen­ter for Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence Ser­vices, Top Is­sues:

“Fix­ing the state’s econ­omy, re­gain­ing the con­fi­dence of busi­nesses and res­i­dents,

mak­ing the state a more af­ford­able place to live, work and re­tire. I am also work­ing to erad­i­cate the opi­oid cri­sis.” Town: Age: 53 Cam­paign Web­site: voteth­emis. com

MARY WE­LANDER

Party: Demo­cratic Job: Home­maker Ed­u­ca­tion: Univer­sity of Mas­sachuetts, Amherst, Mass. Of­fices/ Com­mu­nity Groups: Orange Board of Ed­u­ca­tion, Race Brook

School PTA board mem­ber, Con­necti­cut Am­bas­sador for

Sandy Hook Prom­ise, vice chair­man of the Orange Demo­cratic Town Com­mit­tee, Orange Com­mu­nity Women, Girls Scouts Top Is­sues: “I will fight for com­mon sense poli­cies that move our state for­ward which in­clude smart in­vest­ments in tech­nol­ogy and in­fra­struc­ture that will at­tract and re­tain busi­ness which will lift the bur­den off our se­niors and mid­dle class fam­i­lies and pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for our chil­dren to suc­ceed with­out leav­ing the state.” Town: Orange Cam­paign Web­site: we­lander­forct. com

HOUSE DISTRICT 117 CINDY WOLFE BOYN­TON

Party: Demo­cratic Job: writer, ad­junct jour­nal­ism pro­fes­sor Of­fices/ Com­mu­nity Groups: Con­necti­cut

Chap­ter pres­i­dent, Na­tional Or­ga­ni­za­tion for Women Top Is­sues: “Too many of us are strug­gling. Con­necti­cut needs new lead­ers, with new ideas, to lead us in a new di­rec­tion.” Town: Mil­ford Age: 51 Cam­paign Web­site: www. cindy­wolfeboyn­ton2018. com/

CHARLES FER­RARO

Party: Repub­li­can, in­cum­bent Job: Owner, West Haven Academy of Karate Of­fices/ Com­mu­nity Groups: Mem­ber of General As­sem­bly’s Hu­man Ser­vices and En­ergy and Tech­nol­ogy com­mit­tees, rank­ing mem­ber of the Veterans Com­mit­tee Top Is­sues: “We need to bring more man­u­fac­tur­ing back to Con­necti­cut ... we need to in­crease skilled la­bor.” Town: West Haven Age: 65 Leg­isla­tive Web­site: www. ct­house­gop. com/ fer­raro/ main/

HOUSE DISTRICT 118 KIM ROSE

Party: Demo­crat/ In­de­pen­dent, in­cum­bent Job: Emer­gency Op­er­a­tions and Home­land Se­cu­rity- City of Bridge­port Ed­u­ca­tion: Gate­way CC Of­fices/ Com­mu­nity Groups: Plan­ning and Zon­ing Board Vice Chair, State of CT House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives: Bi­par­ti­san Chair of Women’s Cau­cus, Rare Dis­ease Task Force Mem­ber, Tourism Cau­cus, As­sis­tant Ma­jor­ity Whip, Vice Chair Hous­ing Com­mit­tee, Veterans Com­mit­tee, For­mer Pres­i­dent of VFW Post 7788 Ladies Aux­il­iary, Mem­ber: Boys and Girls Club of Mil­ford, Mil­ford Elks, Amer­i­can Legion, Life Mem­ber VFW Post 7788 Aux­il­iary, Wal­nut Beach As­soc, Mil­ford Ir­ish Her­itage So­ci­ety, Mil­ford Arts Coun­cil, CT Audubon So­ci­ety, Mil­ford Se­nior Cit­i­zens, PTA St. Gabriel School, Girl Scout Leader, Down­town Mil­ford Busi­ness As­soc. founder Top Is­sues: “There is no doubt that the bud­get has been and will con­tinue to be our num­ber one pri­or­ity. We are faced with fixed costs that have been cre­ated over a span of 40+ years by both par­ties. We can­not bal­ance the bud­get on the backs of our mid­dle class work­ing fam­i­lies or busi­nesses.” Town: Mil­ford Age: 60 Cam­paign Web­site: votekim­rose. com

CON­NIE JAGODZIN­SKI

Party: Repub­li­can Job: writer Ed­u­ca­tion: Sa­cred Heart Univer­sity Of­fices/ Com­mu­nity Groups: Home Front, Habi­tat For Hu­man­ity, Love146 ( fight­ing child sex traf­fick­ing and ex­ploita­tion), Mil­ford Coun­cil On Ag­ing, River­cliff Neigh­bor­hood Watch Top Is­sues: “Con­trol spend­ing. Cut waste. Lower taxes. We’re over­taxed. For 30+ years it has been one bud­get cri­sis after an­other. Politi­cians have at­tempted to solve our bud­get prob­lems by rais­ing taxes. We’re the most heav­ily taxed state in the coun­try. Lower taxes will grow busi­ness and pro­vide good- pay­ing jobs.” Town: Mil­ford Age: 65 Cam­paign Web­site: www. Con­nieForMil­ford. com

HOUSE DISTRICT 119 ELLEN BEATTY

Party: Demo­cratic Job: Re­tired ad­min­is­tra­tor, South­ern Con­necti­cut State Univer­sity Of­fices/ Com­mu­nity Groups: mem­ber of Board of Al­der­men. Top Is­sues: ( from her Face­book cam­paign page) “I will be an advocate in cre­at­ing poli­cies that help women and fam­i­lies to work safely, have ac­cess to qual­ity health­care, have ac­cess to safe and ef­fec­tive schools, and live in safe, en­vi­ron­men­tally healthy neigh­bor­hoods.” Town: Mil­ford Cam­paign Web­site: www. vo­teel­len­rus­sell­beatty. com

KATH­LEEN KENNEDY

Party: Repub­li­can Job: Mil­ford city em­ployee Of­fices/ Com­mu­nity Groups: Board of Al­der­men sec­re­tary Top Is­sues: ( from an ear­lier ar­ti­cle) “The main rea­son I re­ally de­cided to run, I’m a sin­gle mom, I’m di­vorced, my kids are adults — it just struck me as peo­ple in Con­necti­cut ... are re­ally work­ing hard to make ends meet and barely get­ting by, still.” Town: Mil­ford Cam­paign Web­site: face­book. com/ KathyForThe119th/

HOUSE DISTRICT 120 PHIL YOUNG

Party: Demo­cratic, in­cum­bent Job: Rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the 120th House district; for­mer chef for the Bridge House Restau­rant in Mil­ford Ed­u­ca­tion: Eastern Con­necti­cut State Univer­sity Of­fices/ Com­mu­nity Groups: For­mer Strat­ford Town Coun­cil mem­ber; Top Is­sues: “Be­ing fis­cally re­spon­si­ble and restor­ing money to the state’s Rainy Day Fund, get­ting Ed­u­ca­tional Cost Shar­ing funds for Strat­ford and work­ing for the en­vi­ron­ment and Long Is­land Sound in par­tic­u­lar.” Town: Strat­ford Age: 55 Cam­paign Web­site: www. face­book. com/ PhilYoung­forCT/

JAMES FEE­HAN

Party: Repub­li­can Job: Pres­i­dent of New Eng­land Fire Equip­ment and Ap­pa­ra­tus Ed­u­ca­tion: Patchogue- Med­ford ( N. Y.) High School, Nor­wich Univer­sity, BS Of­fices/ Com­mu­nity Groups: For­mer Town Coun­cil chair­man, for­mer Board of Ed­u­ca­tion chair­man Top is­sues: “I sup­port re­duc­tion or elim­i­na­tion of taxes on in­come, gaso­line, so­cial se­cu­rity and no tolls. I sup­port Strat­ford re­ceiv­ing its fair share of ECS ( ed­u­ca­tion cost- shar­ing) fund­ing, and de­creas­ing the size of the state bu­reau­cracy.” Town: Strat­ford Age: 56 Cam­paign Web­site: www. face­book. com/ Fee­han­forS­tateRep/

HOUSE DISTRICT 121 JOE GRESKO

Party: Demo­cratic, in­cum­bent Job: Rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the 121st House district, for­merly worked as a news re­porter/ an­chor at WICC, win­ning sev­eral Associated Press awards and twice the Ellen Abrams Award for best ra­dio re­porter in the state. Worked as leg­isla­tive aide for the late Terry Backer, D- 121. Ed­u­ca­tion: Cen­tral Con­necti­cut State Univer­sity, BA; Of­fices/ Com­mu­nity Groups: For­mer Strat­ford Town Coun­cil mem­ber, served on the In­land Wet­lands and Con­ser­va­tion Com­mis­sions; Top is­sues: “I se­cured fund­ing for the ren­o­va­tion of Strat­ford High School as well as grants for the im­prove­ments at the South End Com­mu­nity Cen­ter and the fund­ing for the Ster­ling House up­grades. I will seek to in­crease ed­u­ca­tional fund­ing for Strat­ford and ad­vo­cat­ing for Strat­ford in any casino leg­is­la­tion.” Town: Strat­ford; Age: 54; Cam­paign Web­site: http:// www. housedems. ct. gov/ Gresko

ROBERT MITCHELL

Party: Repub­li­can/ In­de­pen­dent; Job: at­tor­ney, Mitchell & Shea­han, P. C. Ed­u­ca­tion: Ohio Wes­leyan Univer­sity, Tu­lane Univer­sity School of Law Of­fices/ Com­mu­nity Groups: For­mer mem­ber of the Mon­roe Town Coun­cil, as­sis­tant town at­tor­ney in Strat­ford Top is­sues: “I’ll work to get the Strat­ford Army Engine Plant on the tax rolls and bring­ing san­ity to state bud­get­ing.” Age: 65 Cam­paign Web­site: www. face­book. com/ BobMitchell forS­tateRep/

HOUSE DISTRICT 122 BEN MCGORTY

Party: Repub­li­can, in­cum­bent Of­fices/ Com­mu­nity Groups: serves on the Leg­is­la­ture’s Ju­di­ciary and En­vi­ron­ment Com­mit­tees, as well as the Trans­porta­tion Com­mit­tee.

Top Is­sues: Wants no new taxes, tolls or un­funded man­dates. “I don’t want to see any more jobs leav­ing Con­necti­cut. I don’t want to see our re­tirees leav­ing Con­necti­cut be­cause they can’t af­ford to live here.” Town: Shel­ton Leg­isla­tive Web­site: www. ct­house­gop. com/ mcgorty/ main/

JOSE GON­CALVES

Party: Demo­cratic Of­fices/ Com­muni- ty Groups: Board of Ed­u­ca­tion Top Is­sues: “I think you are go­ing to see a blue wave this fall. Peo­ple want change. The mayor is al­ways cut­ting the Board of Ed­u­ca­tion bud­get. My kids have gone to Shel­ton schools. I want to make them bet­ter.” Town: Shel­ton Cam­paign Web­site: face­book. com/ Jose- Gon­calves- for- State- Rep­re­sen­ta­tive

HOUSE DISTRICT 123 DAVID RUTIGLIANO

Party: Repub­li­can, in­cum­bent Job: Rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the 123rd House district, also a part­ner in the lo­cal SBC Restau­rant Group, which owns and op­er­ates South­port Brew­ing Com­pany and the Sit­ting Duck Tav­ern Ed­u­ca­tion: John­son & Wales Univer­sity, BA; Of­fices/ com­mu­nity groups: For­mer mem­ber of both the Trum­bull Board of Fi­nance and the Trum­bull Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion; Top is­sues: “I will advocate for an en­vi­ron­ment that pro­motes small busi­ness and job cre­ation. Every­one who wants a job should be able to get one.” Town: Trum­bull Age: 53 : https:// www. rutiglianofortrum­bull. com/

SU­JATA GAD­KAR- WIL­COX

Party: Demo­cratic Job: pro­fes­sor of Con­sti­tu­tional law and hu­man rights law at Quin­nip­iac Univer­sity Ed­u­ca­tion: Cor­nell Univer­sity and the Univer­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia School of Law Of­fices/ com­mu­nity groups:

Di­rec­tor of a non­profit le­gal ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram in Westch­ester County, N. Y. Top is­sues: “We need to get back to the idea of pol­i­tics for the pub­lic good. I will be the voice of the com­mu­nity and I will com­pro­mise to move for­ward. We need to get peo­ple’s voices back into govern­ment.” Town: Trum­bull Age: 39 Cam­paign Web­site: http:// su­jataforct. com/

HOUSE DISTRICT 124 AN­DRE BAKER

Party: Demo­cratic, in­cum­bent Job: Fu­neral Di­rec­tor Ed­u­ca­tion: SUNY Farm­ing­dale

Of­fices/ Com­mu­nity Groups: City Coun­cil,

Board of Ed­u­ca­tion, Zon­ing Com­mis­sion Top Is­sues: Eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, se­nior hous­ing; Town: Bridge­port Age: 55 Leg­isla­tive Web­site: http:// www. housedems. ct. gov/ Baker

JOSE QUIROGA

Party: Repub­li­can Job: Re­tired Ed­u­ca­tion: B. S. Lehman Col­lege CUNY Of­fices/ Com­mu­nity Groups: Three time pres­i­dent of Bridge­port Fire­side Apart­ments Res­i­dent As­so­ci­a­tion Top Is­sues: Eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and im­mi­gra­tion re­form Town: Bridge­port Age: 56

HOUSE DISTRICT 126 MANUEL BATAGUAS

Party: Repub­li­can Job: Trans­la­tions Ser­vices of Amer­ica/ Self em­ployed Ed­u­ca­tion: Casa Pia de Lis­boa, Por­tu­gal and Hart­ford High School, Univer­sity of Hart­ford, Amer­i­can In­sti­tute of Bank­ing Of­fices/ Com­mu­nity Groups: No­tary Pub­lic, Jus­tice of Peace, Of­fi­cial Trans­la­tor, Au­thor Amer­i­can Cit­i­zen­ship Study Guide ( English, Por­tuguese, Span­ish), Vol­un­teer In­struc­tor of USA Cit­i­zen­ship, Stamford Plan­ning Board, sev­eral Por­tuguese Clubs in Con­necti­cut, Repub­li­can Town Com­mit­tee, Edi­tor of Im­mi­grant News­pa­per, pre­parer of im­mi­gra­tion doc­u­men­ta­tion Top Is­sues: “In­crease rev­enues by pro­mot­ing Bridge­port casino, fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment, restora­tion of down­town, and do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional man­u­fac­tur­ers. Re­duce prop­erty taxes.” Town: Bridge­port Age: 75

CHARLES STALL­WORTH

Party: Demo­cratic, in­cum­bent Job: Se­nior pas­tor Ed­u­ca­tion: J.

F. Shields High School, Selma Univer­sity, Van­der­bilt Univer­sity Of­fices/ Com­mu­nity Groups: Pres­i­dent of the In­ter­de­nom­i­na­tional Min­is­te­rial Al­liance Top Is­sues: “My top is­sues this term will be work­ing with the Bridge­port del­e­ga­tion seek­ing cre­ative fi­nanc­ing and ideas that will en­hance Bridge­port’s econ­omy and job mar­ket, more fund­ing for our schools, and sus­tained youth and se­nior pro­grams.” Town: Bridge­port Age: 54

HOUSE DISTRICT 127 JOHN HEN­NESSY

Party: Demo­cratic, in­cum­bent Job: FedEx Ed­u­ca­tion: St. John’s Prep, Dan- vers, Mass., and Bos­ton

Col­lege Of­fices/ Com­mu­nity Groups: state rep­re­sen­ta­tive Top Is­sues: “En­sur­ing Bridge­port gets its fair share of money from the state, es­pe­cially when it comes to pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion fund­ing. Pass­ing the MGM casino/ en­ter­tain­ment cen­ter bill which will pro­vide over 4,000 jobs to Bridge­port.” Town: Bridge­port Age: 67

PETER PER­ILLO

Party: Repub­li­can Job: General man­ager of the Red Roof Inn in Mil­ford Ed­u­ca­tion: Cen­tral High School, Bridge­port and Sa­cred

Heart Univer­sity Of­fice/ Com­mu­nity Groups: Night of Colum­bus, Port 5 Navel

Vet­eran Top Is­sues: “Safety and se­cu­rity, the eco­nom­ics of liv­ing in Con­necti­cut and in our district, ed­u­ca­tion.” Town: Bridge­port Age: 61

HOUSE DISTRICT 128 ETHAN BOOK

Party: Repub­li­can Job: Owner/ op­er­a­tor of New Eng­land Limou­sine Ser­vice of Fair­field Ed­u­ca­tion: Fred­er­ick High School, Azusa Univer­sity, Thun­der­bird School of Global Man­age­ment Of­fices/ Com­mu­nity Groups: Jus­tice of the

Peace, The Hol­low Neigh­bor­hood Re­vi­tal­iza­tion Zone, El Al­farero His­panic Prison Min­istry, Bridge­port Repub­li­can Town Com­mit­tee and Fair­field Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Town Meet­ing Top Is­sues: “State fi­nan­cial cri­sis.” Town: Bridge­port

CHRISTO­PHER ROSARIO

Party: Demo­cratic, in­cum­bent Job: Records Ad­min­is­tra­tor for the Town of Shel­ton Ed­u­ca­tion: Hard­ing High School Of­fices/ Com­mu­nity Groups: Board Mem­ber of Al­pha Com­mu­nity Ser­vices, ABCD, His­panic Cau­cus Chairs, Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Latino Elected Of­fi­cials, Na­tional Cau­cus of State Leg­is­la­tors Top Is­sues: “Job cre­ation through smart eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment. At the Capi­tol I led the charge on pass­ing leg­is­la­tion that would bring $ 675 mil­lion of pri­vate in­vest­ment to Bridge­port’s Steel Point Pro­ject that would re­sult in over 2,000 per­ma­nent jobs to the City of Bridge­port.” Town: Bridge­port Age: 39

HOUSE DISTRICT 129 VALLORIE L. CLARK

Party: Repub­li­can Job: Re­tired Ed­u­ca­tion: New York School of In­te­rior De­sign Of­fices/ Com­mu­nity

Groups: McGivney Com­mu­nity Cen­ter, Casey Fam­ily Ser­vices, Polka Dot Play­house Top Is­sues: “To in­crease ac­cess to vo­ca­tional ed­u­ca­tion as well as fine arts ed­u­ca­tion. I be­lieve that not all of Bridge­port’s stu­dents will be able to af­ford col­lege, there­fore train­ing for em­ploy­ment or a pro­fes­sion must come from from other sources.” Town: Bridge­port Age: 68

STEVE STAFSTROM

Party: Demo­cratic, in­cum­bent Job: At­tor­ney with Pullman & Com­ley, LLC Ed­u­ca­tion: Amity High School, Fair­field Univer­sity, St. Louis Univer­sity School of Law Of­fices/ Com­mu­nity Groups: Bridge­port City Coun­cil Top Is­sues: “Build­ing Bridge­port into the re­gional eco­nomic driver our state needs it to be by cre­at­ing jobs, re­duc­ing the prop­erty tax bur­den and in­vest­ing in ed­u­ca­tion, hous­ing, in­fra­struc­ture and cul­tural at­trac­tions.” Town: Bridge­port Age: 35 Cam­paign Web­site: face­book. com/ Stafstrom2018/

HOUSE DISTRICT 130 EZEKIAL SAN­TI­AGO

Party: Demo­cratic, in­cum­bent Job: Spe­cial Pro­ject Co­or­di­na­tor with Bridge­port’s Pub­lic Fa­cil­i­ties De­part­ment Ed­u­ca­tion: Trum­bull High School, Gibbs Col­lege Of­fices/ Com­mu­nity Groups: Puerto Ri­can Day Pa­rade Com­mit­tee of Fair­field County, cur­rent vice chair­man of the Bridge­port Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion board, for­mer board mem­ber of the YMCA Top Is­sues: “Brown­field re­de­vel­op­ment — mak­ing va­cant, con­tam­i­nated, un­der­uti­lized land more pro­duc­tive to in­crease the tax base, fight­ing for more state fund­ing for ed­u­ca­tion and other city needs, fight­ing to built a re­sort/ casino in Bridge­port.” Town: Bridge­port Age: 45

TERRY SULLIVAN

Party: Repub­li­can Job: School bus driver in Wil­ton Ed­u­ca­tion: An­drew Ward High School Top Is­sues: “Jobs, taxes, rent

con­trol, home­less­ness, mu­nic­i­pal waste, trans­porta­tion and in­fra­struc­ture, ed­u­ca­tion and trade schools.” Town: Bridge­port Age: 58

HOUSE DISTRICT 131 DAVID KEITH LABRI­OLA

Party: Repub­li­can, in­cum­bent Job: State House Rep­re­sen­ta­tive for District 131 and an at­tor­ney with Labri­ola & Labri­ola Ed­u­ca­tion: Yale Univer­sity and Univer­sity of Con­necti­cut Law School Of­fices/ Com­mu­nity Groups: for­mer Nau­gatuck Bor­ough at­tor­ney and for­mer Nau­gatuck Bor­ough Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Top Is­sues: “Re­duce taxes, con­trol spend­ing and elim­i­nate some reg­u­la­tions so small busi­ness can grow and cre­ate jobs. I will strengthen our econ­omy to at­tract new busi­nesses and will work to pre­serve open space and pro­tect our en­vi­ron­ment.” Town: Ox­ford Age: 58

JAMES KROCHKO

Party: Demo­crat Job: clos­ing man­ager at

ShopRite, South­bury Ed­u­ca­tion: South­ern Con­necti­cut State Univer­sity Top Is­sues:

“Cre­ate jobs by part­ner­ing busi­nesses with uni­ver­si­ties, vo­ca­tional and tech­ni­cal schools and ex­pand pro­grams for first- time home buy­ers.” Town: Ox­ford Age: 19 Cam­paign Web­site: Face­book James Krochko for Ct 131

HOUSE DISTRICT 132 BRENDA KUPCHICK

Party: Repub­li­can, in­cum­bent Job: Co- owner Peter Kupchick Heat­ing & Cool­ing Inc. Ed­u­ca­tion: Fair­field Univer­sity Of­fices/ Com­mu­nity Groups: Fair­field RTM 1999- 2003, Board of Ed­u­ca­tion 2003- 2009, State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive: House Mi­nor­ity Whip, Rank­ing Mem­ber, Hous­ing Com­mit­tee, Mem­ber Fi­nance, Rev­enue & Bond­ing and General Law Com­mit­tees 2011- present. Mem­ber of Fire & EMS leg­isla­tive Cau­cus. Co Chair An­i­mal Wel­fare Leg­isla­tive Cau­cus. Mem­ber, School Safety & Se­cu­rity Leg­isla­tive Cau­cus, Vol­un­teer Op­er­a­tion Hope, Cen­ter of Fam­ily Jus­tice, Fair­field Po­lice K- 9 Unit. Top Is­sues: “Get­ting Con­necti­cut’s fis­cal house in or­der, im­prov­ing our econ­omy, and in­vest­ing in our in­fra­struc­ture. Fair­field County is the eco­nomic engine of the our state and is cru­cial to­ward grow­ing our econ­omy. Con­necti­cut out­spends the na­tional av­er­age in road con­struc­tion by $ 250,000 per mile due to high ad­min­is­tra­tive costs.” Town: Fair­field Age: 53 Cam­paign Web­site: https:// bren­dakupchick­for­fair­field. com

CAITLIN CLARK­SON PEREIRA

( From her web­site) Party: Demo­cratic Job: works with as­pir­ing teach­ers in the School of Ed­u­ca­tion at South­ern Con­necti­cut State Univer­sity. Ed­u­ca­tion: grad­u­ate de­gree in coun­sel­ing at Cen­tral Con­necti­cut State Univer­sity Of­fices/ Com­mu­nity Groups: mem­ber of the Fair­field Demo­cratic Town Com­mit­tee, sits on the plan­ning board for

Women Lead­ing the Way to Well­ness, an Amer­i­can Cancer So­ci­ety fundrais­ing event to in­crease aware­ness around women’s health. Town: Fair­field. Cam­paign Web

site: www. caitlin­forct. com

HOUSE DISTRICT 133 CRISTIN MC­CARTHY VA­HEY

Party: Demo­cratic, in­cum­bent Job: State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive / State of CT Ed­u­ca­tion: Univer­sity of Notre Dame, MSW, Univer­sity of Wash­ing­ton Of­fices/ Com­mu­nity Groups: State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive, 2014 - Present; Fair­field Board of Select­men 2011- 2014; Fair­field Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Town Meet­ing ( Deputy Mod­er­a­tor, Mi­nor­ity Leader) 2005- 2011;

Fair­field Cares Com­mu­nity Coali­tion ( found­ing mem­ber and for­mer co- chair); Fair­field League of Women Vot­ers; Girl Scouts;

Boy Scouts; PTA; Op­er­a­tion Hope; Na­tional Char­ity League; Church Com­mu­nity Top

Is­sues: “Pro­mot­ing eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment strate­gies that sup­port small busi­nesses and at­tract and re­tain both em­ploy­ers and a strong work­force. A pri­mary as­pect of this will be pro­vid­ing a 21st cen­tury trans­porta­tion sys­tem that con­nects peo­ple to jobs and sup­ports trains, cars, bikes, pedes­tri­ans and telecom­muters.” Town: Fair­field Age: 48 Cam­paign Web­site: cristin­m­c­carthy­va­hey. com

SALLY CON­NOLLY

Party: Repub­li­can Job: Speech Language Pathol­o­gist/ Pre­ferred Ther­apy So­lu­tions at Cam­bridge Health and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion in Fair­field Ed­u­ca­tion: Brown Univer­sity ( B. S. Neu­ro­science) Bos­ton Univer­sity ( M. S. Speech- Language Pathol­ogy) Of­fices/ Com­mu­nity Groups: Tom­lin­son Mid­dle

School, PTA VP of En­rich­ment; Past Mc

Kin­ley Ele­men­tary School PTA Di­rec­tor of Cul­tural Arts, co- chair of World’s Fair, and Ex­ec­u­tive Board mem­ber for over 5 years Top Is­sues: “I would fo­cus on stream­lin­ing waste in CT’s bud­get and re­duc­ing the size of ‘ big govern­ment.’ We need to fix in­fra­struc­ture, pay down debts, re­duce taxes and at­tract busi­nesses in or­der to make CT af­ford­able and com­pet­i­tive for its res­i­dents.” Town: Fair­field Age: 40 Cam­paign Web­site: www. ral­ly­for­sally. com

HOUSE DISTRICT 134 LAURA DEVLIN

Party: Repub­li­can/ In­de­pen­dent, in­cum­bent Job: Rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the 134th House district, serv­ing on the leg­is­la­ture’s Trans­porta­tion, Fi­nance, Rev­enue and Bond­ing com­mit­tees; also pres­i­dent of Strate­gic Communica-

tions Con­sult­ing Of­fices/ Com­mu­nity Groups: For­mer mem­ber of the Fair­field RTM and the Board of As­sess­ment Ap­peals Ed­u­ca­tion: Univer­sity of Illi­nois, Cham­paign/ Ur­bana, BS; Top is­sues: “I will advocate for peo­ple who would hope to re­main in their own homes. I will ad­dress the state’s un­funded li­a­bil­i­ties. I will also advocate for the en­vi­ron­ment and ed­u­ca­tion.” Age: 58 Town: Fair­field Cam­paign Web­site: http:// lau­raforstaterep. com/

ASH­LEY GAU­DI­ANO

Party: Demo­cratic Job: Li­censed at­tor­ney and a con­sul­tant to non­profit agen­cies Of­fices, com­mu­nity groups: Trum­bull Town Coun­cil mem­ber; Ed­u­ca­tion: Elon Univer­sity, BA, Loy­ola Univer­sity School of Law, JD Top is­sues: “This elec­tion is all about the com­mu­nity, which de­serves a strong advocate in Hart­ford — some­one who will be fo­cused on grow­ing an econ­omy, ac­cess to qual­ity health care and in­vest­ment in trans­porta­tion in­fra­struc­ture. And, with two chil­dren, I’m also very in­ter­ested in ad­e­quate fund­ing for ed­u­ca­tion.” Age: 31; Town: Trum­bull; Cam­paign Web­site: http:// www. ash­ley­gau­di­anoct. com/

HOUSE DISTRICT 135 ADAM DUNSBY

Party: Repub­li­can, in­cum­bent Job: First Select­man, Town of Eas­ton Ed­u­ca­tion:

Ph. d. in fi­nance, Whar­ton School, Univer­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia Of­fices/ Com­mu­nity Groups: Cur­rent First Select­man of the

Town of Eas­ton Top Is­sues: “Re­store fis­cal sta­bil­ity to the state with­out rais­ing taxes. Con­necti­cut’s fun­da­men­tal prob­lem is that its econ­omy has not grown in over a decade.

We need pro- growth poli­cies.” Age: 50 Town: Eas­ton Cam­paign Web­site: https:// www. face­book. com/ AdamDuns­byForS­tateRep/

ANNE HUGHES

Party: Work­ing Fam­ily Job: So­cial Worker, Co­or­di­na­tor of Cen­ter for Elder Abuse Pre­ven­tion at Jewish Se­nior Ser­vices Ed­u­ca­tion: Col­lege of New Rochelle, Mas­ter of So­cial Work Of­fices/ Com­mu­nity Groups: CT Against Gun Vi­o­lence, Coali­tion Against Casino Ex­pan­sion Top Is­sues: “Ac­count­abil­ity across all lev­els of govern­ment - proac­tive, in­clu­sive rep­re­sen­ta­tion of all ages, re­gard­less of so­cioe­co­nomic sta­tus, af­fil­i­a­tion, age, gen­der and pro­mote in­creased civic en­gage­ment from our com­mu­nity on all lev­els.” Age: 53 Town: Eas­ton Cam­paign Web­site: www. an­nehugh­es­proac­tivect. org

HOUSE DISTRICT 136 JONATHAN STEIN­BERG

Party: Demo­cratic, in­cum­bent Job: State Leg­is­la­tor, State of CT Ed­u­ca­tion: Yale, M. B. A., NYU Stern School of Busi­ness Of­fices/ Com­mu­nity Groups:

State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Co- Founder, West­port Cinema Ini­tia­tive Top Is­sues: “Achiev­ing a sus­tain­able State Bud­get by ad­dress­ing the big­gest rea­son for annual deficits: the un­funded pen­sion li­a­bil­i­ties. As Chair of the state’s Pen­sion Sus­tain­abil­ity Com­mis­sion ( see ar­ti­cle at Forbes com) I’m work­ing on a con­cept to ded­i­cate pro­ceeds from un­der­uti­lized state real es­tate as­sets to pay down the pen­sion li­a­bil­i­ties.” Age: 62 Town: West­port Cam­paign Web­site: Jonathan. Stein­berg. org

GREG KRAUT

Party: Repub­li­can Job: K Prop­erty Group Ed­u­ca­tion: Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton Univer­sity Of­fices/ Com­mu­nity Groups: West­port Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Town

Meet­ing Top Is­sues: One spe­cific idea is to mon­e­tize state- owned com­mer­cial prop­er­ties. Gov­ern­ments don’t need to own their of­fices. Sell­ing govern­ment- owned com­mer­cial of­fice space and leas­ing back what is needed is a time- tested a way to raise rev­enue and has been em­ployed by the Fed­eral govern­ment and many states for decades.

Un­der cur­rent fi­nan­cial con­di­tions, it makes more sense than rais­ing money by more bor­row­ing or rais­ing taxes.” Age: 42 Town: West­port Cam­paign Web­site: Gregkraut. com

HOUSE DISTRICT 143 GAIL LAVIELLE

Party: Repub­li­can, in­cum­bent Job: CT House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Ed­u­ca­tion: BA, Cor­nell Univer­sity, Col­lege of Arts and Sci­ences; MA, Yale Univer­sity,

Grad­u­ate School of Arts and Sci­ences; and

MBA, Univer­sity of Con­necti­cut Of­fices/ Com­mu­nity Groups: State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive since 2011; Wil­ton Board of Fi­nance 20092013; Wil­ton En­ergy Com­mis­sion ( ap­pointed); CT Pub­lic Trans­porta­tion Com­mis­sion ( ap­pointed); ad­vi­sory board of Wil­ton Go Green; Board of Nor­walk Se­nior Cen­ter; West­port Sun­rise Ro­tary; Wil­ton Ki­wa­nis Top Is­sues:

“Restor­ing the state’s econ­omy and fi­nances so that every­one can count on a fu­ture in Con­necti­cut: Re­duce taxes; Re­duce spend­ing ( in­clud­ing re­duc­ing debt and un­funded li­a­bil­i­ties); Pro­mote eco­nomic and job growth; Make smart in­vest­ments in trans­porta­tion, ed­u­ca­tion, and es­sen­tial ser­vices.” Town: Wil­ton Cam­paign Web­site: www. laviel­lect. com

STEPHANIE THOMAS

Party: Demo­cratic Job: Stetwin Con­sult­ing Ed­u­ca­tion: New York Univer­sity, New School Univer­sity ( for­merly New School for So­cial Re­search) Of­fices/ Com­mu­nity Groups: I am a proud mem­ber of the Nor­walk Demo­cratic Town Com­mit­tee ( NDTC); Mem­ber of NDTC Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee; Mem­ber of the De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee, Carver Foun­da­tion of Nor­walk; Mem­ber of the Lun­cheon Com­mit­tee, Fair­field County Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion’s Fund for Women and Girls; Mem­ber of the Nor­walk Hous­ing Author­ity Col­lege Schol­ar­ship Com­mit­tee Top Is­sues: “Con­necti­cut faces many long- term fis­cal chal­lenges that have de­vel­oped over sev­eral decades but need to be ad­dressed res­o­lutely. I pre­fer to see this chal­lenge as an op­por­tu­nity and will work tire­lessly to de­vise ways to in­crease rev­enues and find ef­fi­cien­cies in govern­ment with­out the ran­cor cur­rently preva­lent in pol­i­tics.” Age: 49 Town: Nor­walk Cam­paignWeb­site: info@ votestephani­ethomas. com

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