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Ken Gucker a ‘true leader’

This Tues­day is a tant elec­tion.

It is with this thought in mind that I en­cour­age ev­ery­one to vote for Ken Gucker for State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the 138th dis­trict. Ken is an out­stand­ing can­di­date whose mis­sion is to make the lives of lo­cal res­i­dents bet­ter and safer.

Ken was born and raised in New Fair­field and has been a Dan­bury res­i­dent for more than 30 years. He is an out­spo­ken ad­vo­cate for the ci­ti­zens of New Fair­field and Dan­bury. Here are some things you should know about this ex­cep­tional can­di­date:

Ken is pas­sion­ate about mak­ing sure that all ci­ti­zens have af­ford­able health care. He be­lieves it is a right, not a priv­i­lege.

As a small busi­ness owner, Ken un­der­stands how im­por­tant it is to make sure that ci­ti­zens and small busi­ness can thrive by ad­vo­cat­ing for tax re­forms.

Ken also un­der­stands the im­por­tance of fam­ily and will fight for paid fam­ily med­i­cal leave for

No one should have to be fi­nan­cially bur­dened in or­der to care for a sick loved one.

Ken is an ad­vo­cate for our children. He wants to make sure that children are not only get­ting a proper ed­u­ca­tion but that they are pre­pared for the work­force once they are out in the world.

Ken also knows how im­por­tant it is for us to take care of our se­nior com­mu­nity and will make sure se­nior ci­ti­zens are pro­tected and able to live their lives with­out wor­ries.

Ken has also been ac­tive in land use, en­vi­ron­men­tal con­ser­va­tion, and his­toric preser­va­tion is­sues, es­pe­cially re­gard­ing not us­ing chem­i­cals in our jewel, Can­dle­wood Lake.

I hope you will join me this Tues­day in vot­ing for Ken Gucker. A true leader, friend and neigh­bor. He will look out for all of us! Craig David Rosen

New Fair­field im­por-

Michael Fer­gu­son ‘puts stu­dents first’

I have known Michael Fer­gu­son for the past five years, and had the plea­sure of serv­ing with him on the Dan­bury Board of Ed­u­ca­tion from 2013-2017. Dur­ing that time, I was able to see up­close Michael’s pas­sion for our stu­dents, and mak­ing sure that we al­ways did what was in their best in­ter­ests.

As a grad­u­ate of the Dan­bury Pu­bic Schools, a col­lege pro­fes­sor, and chair­man of Dan­bury’s school-based men­tor­ing pro­gram, the Dan­bury Schools and Busi­ness Col­lab­o­ra­tive (DSABC), Michael has the unique back­ground to con­tinue to be our lead­ing ad­vo­cate on ed­u­ca­tion.

In Hart­ford, Michael has been a strong voice for Dan­bury. In his two years in of­fice, he has pushed for pos­i­tive changes to the ed­u­ca­tion fund­ing for­mula which has re­sulted in an ad­di­tional $1 mil­lion for the Dan­bury Pub­lic Schools, sup­ported needed man­date re­lief for school dis­tricts, and helped se­cure ad­di­tional con­struc­tion fund­ing for school ren­o­va­tion projects.

Michael’s lead­er­ship is mak­ing a dif­fer­ence. He has a track record of mak­ing ed­u­ca­tion a pri­or­ity and for do­ing what is best for the 138th Dis­trict.

On Nov. 6th, I urge you to vote for State Rep. Michael Fer­gu­son so that he can con­tinue to fight for our schools, stu­dents, and fam­i­lies in Hart­ford.

Ralph Pi­etrafesa

Dan­bury

Why wouldn’t Buck­bee de­bate O’Brien?

Tom O’Brien, can­di­date for State Rep. in the 67th Dis­trict, ex­tended an of­fer to de­bate Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Bill Buck­bee. Buck­bee de­clined. Why?

Re­mem­ber that phrase, “Read my lips?”

Well, we can’t read Buck­bee’s lips be­cause he wouldn’t de­bate.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Buck­bee, it’s time to stop hid­ing be­hind your beard. If you won’t de­bate you can’t de­fend your record.

Your vote for the bud­get that stripped New Mil­ford of vi­tal state fund­ing is in­de­fen­si­ble.

Leah Gill New Mil­ford

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