A re­cap of our choices for Tues­day’s vote

The News-Times (Sunday) - - Opinion -

We know it’s hard enough to get peo­ple to vote, so we don’t to scare you, but there’s an added wrin­kle this Elec­tion Day.

You will have to turn over the bal­lot be­cause it’s two-sided. Yes, we know that’s some heavy lift­ing, and there are a lot of cir­cles to fill in Tues­day, so we’ll try to make it a lit­tle eas­ier for you.

The show­down for the gov­er­nor’s of­fice has grabbed most of the at­ten­tion in recent weeks, but the bal­lot will also in­clude com­pe­ti­tion for is the U.S. House and Se­nate; state House and Se­nate; sec­re­tary of the state; state at­tor­ney gen­eral, trea­surer and comp­trol­ler.

We are not en­dors­ing in ev­ery race, in­stead fo­cus­ing on the most-heated con­tests.

Be­fore sort­ing through the names, vot­ers will get to weigh in on two ques­tions at the top of the bal­lot.

The first ques­tion pro­poses to en­sure all money in the Spe­cial Trans­porta­tion Fund is used ex­clu­sively for pub­lic tran­sit mat­ters. We sup­port the mea­sure. “We long have sup­ported a lock­box for the STF. Though the ques­tion is dryly worded, the con­se­quences are es­sen­tial” ( Oct. 26, Help put a lock­box on trans­porta­tion funds ).

Vot­ers will also de­cide whether to amend the con­sti­tu­tion to re­quire a pub­lic hear­ing be­fore state land is sold, traded or do­nated. We sup­port this as well, as “an im­por­tant but­tress against any fu­ture pro­posal to sell off — or swap — land in which we all have an in­ter­est” ( Nov. 1, Land dis­posal ques­tion de­serves sup­port).

We’ve bolded our choices in the premier races on the rest of the bal­lot:

Gov­er­nor: “We be­lieve Ned La­mont has the qual­i­ties — tem­per­a­ment and stature in the busi­ness com­mu­nity among them — to move Con­necti­cut to­ward a more cer­tain fu­ture.” ( Oct. 28 , Ned La­mont for gov­er­nor)

At­tor­ney Gen­eral: “( Wil­liam) Tong is well-versed on a myr­iad of mat­ters, sea­soned by eight years in the House, where he is chair of the Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee. He can nav­i­gate the Gen­eral Assem­bly as well as any­one, an as­set for any at­tor­ney gen­eral.” (Nov. 1, Wil­liam Tong for At­tor­ney Gen­eral )

U.S. Sen­a­tor: “Con­necti­cut needs a strong an­ti­dote to the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion, some­one who can ac­com­plish mean­ing­ful bi­par­ti­san leg­is­la­tion in an oth­er­wise di­vi­sive time. Chris Mur­phy is ex­actly right for Con­necti­cut.” (Nov. 1, Chris Mur­phy for U.S. Se­nate )

U.S. Rep­re­sen­ta­tive, 4th Dis­trict: “They dis­agree on health care, vot­ing rights, im­mi­gra­tion, guns and cli­mate change. That makes this an easy choice for most vot­ers. And for us. We en­dorse Jim Himes.” (Nov. 2, Jim Himes in Fourth Dis­trict )

U.S. Rep­re­sen­ta­tive, 5th Dis­trict: “With ev­ery is­sue, (Manny) San­tos is con­sis­tent that gov­ern­ment should have a lim­ited role. ( Ja­hana) Hayes sees gov­ern­ment as a pos­i­tive force, while ad­her­ing to per­sonal re­spon­si­bil­ity. Ja­hana Hayes’ val­ues are bet­ter aligned with the peo­ple of the dis­trict and that is why we pre­fer her — and en­dorse her — to rep­re­sent the 5th Con­gres­sional Dis­trict.” (Nov. 2, Ja­hana Hayes in the 5th Dis­trict ) State Se­nate, 24th Dis­trict: Repub­li­can in­cum­bent state Sen. Michael McLach­lan is a “staunch con­ser­va­tive, he ad­vo­cates for lim­ited gov­ern­ment. Con­necti­cut’s prom­ise will be achieved through wise gov­ern­ment, how­ever, not lim­ited gov­ern­ment. We would like to see Julie Kush­ner have the op­por­tu­nity to bring her fresh ap­proach to Hart­ford to tackle the se­ri­ous needs of the dis­trict. We en­dorse Julie Kush­ner for the 24th state Se­nate seat. (Nov. 1, Julie Kush­ner for the 24th Dis­trict )

State Se­nate, 26th Dis­trict: Long­time Repub­li­can state Sen. Toni Boucher is fac­ing an en­er­getic chal­lenger from new­comer Demo­crat Will Haskell. “Will Haskell has much to con­trib­ute to pol­i­tics and we en­cour­age him to stay in­volved. We agree with Boucher that ‘you are never too young nor too old to make a dif­fer­ence.’

Toni Boucher has con­sci­en­tiously rep­re­sented the dis­trict and we en­dorse her for an­other term.” (Nov. 1, Toni Boucher for the 26th)

State Se­nate, 28th Dis­trict: In­cum­bent Tony Hwang, a Repub­li­can with 10 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in the Gen­eral Assem­bly, is chal­lenged by Demo­crat Michelle McCabe, also of Fair­field “At this crit­i­cal junc­ture in Con­necti­cut, we’re go­ing to bank on Hwang’s ex­pe­ri­ence and abil­ity to work across the aisle.” (Nov. 1, Tony Hwang for the 28th) State House, 2nd Dis­trict (Bethel, Dan­bury, Redding, New

town): Demo­crat Raghib Al­lie-Bren­nan State House, 67th Dis­trict (New Mil­ford): Repub­li­can Bill Buck­bee State House, 106th Dis­trict (New­town): Demo­crat Re­bekah Har­ri­man-Stites State House, 107th Dis­trict (Brook­field, Bethel, Dan­bury): Repub­li­can Stephen Hard­ing

State House, 108th Dis­trict (New Fair­field, Sher­man, New Mil­ford, Dan­bury): Repub­li­can Richard Smith, un­con­tested State House, 109th Dis­trict (Dan­bury): Demo­crat David Ar­conti Jr.

State House, 110th Dis­trict (Dan­bury): Demo­crat Bob God­frey

State House, 111th Dis­trict (Ridge­field): Repub­li­can John Frey State House, 112th Dis­trict (New­town, Mon­roe): Repub­li­can JP Sredzin­ski, un­con­tested

State House, 135th Dis­trict (Redding, Weston, Eas­ton): Demo­crat Anne Hayes State House, 138th Dis­trict (Dan­bury, New Fair­field, Ridge

field): Repub­li­can Michael Fer­gu­son

There are two sides to the bal­lot, and at least two sides in many of the races, but the only number that re­ally counts is how many vot­ers turn up at the polls on Tues­day. We hope you’re among them.

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