Stephanie Thomas has ‘cre­ative so­lu­tions for restor­ing our econ­omy’

The Norwalk Hour - - OPINION -

I sup­port Stephanie Thomas for State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive in the 143rd district be­cause we need some­one who con­fronts change with agility.

Stephanie can re­late to eco­nomic hard­ship, and has cre­ative so­lu­tions for restor­ing our econ­omy while de­feat­ing COVID-19.

In ad­di­tion to fed­eral loans and stim­u­lus money, Stephanie would in­vest in op­tions like the Shared Work Pro­gram, wherein em­ploy­ees work fewer hours, and col­lect par­tial un­em­ploy­ment to main­tain their in­come. Stephanie pro­poses col­lab­o­rat­ing with non­prof­its like Ad­vanceCT to max­i­mize Con­necti­cut’s ap­peal to existing and new busi­ness, and highlights im­prov­ing our trans­porta­tion in­fra­struc­ture to­ward that end.

I am a Nurse Prac­ti­tioner with more than 40 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in pri­mary care and I know the im­por­tance of health care for all. Stephanie sup­ports hold­ing in­surance com­pa­nies to their prom­ise to waive COVIDre­lated health care costs. She em­braces a pub­lic health­care op­tion and caps on pre­scrip­tion drugs to en­sure health­care af­ford­abil­ity. With in­creased iso­la­tion and fear en­gen­dered by the pan­demic, Stephanie ad­vo­cates for more ac­ces­si­ble men­tal health care through poli­cies elim­i­nat­ing stigma and gaps in cov­er­age. Ac­ces­si­ble metal health care is es­sen­tial to avoid pre­ventable tragedies at home or in school.

Stephanie is ser­vice-ori­ented, as ev­i­denced by her ca­reer rais­ing funds for the non­profit sec­tor. She em­bod­ies soft power, es­chew­ing shows of might for build­ing re­la­tion­ships. She is a leader who will tena­ciously pur­sue the best for those she serves.

Stephanie is a team player. Now more than ever, we need our elected gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials to work as a team for the greater good.

Jane Ruben­stein

Nor­walk

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