This past Tuesday night I participated in the second debate in the race for the Connecticut State Senate seat in the 33rd district. Over the course of 90 minutes we answered questions on issues from the economy and the environment to marijuana legalization and physician-assisted suicide. Directly following the debate and in the days since I have received a lot of positive feedback about my performance. The two things I hear most often are gratitude for being lively and genuine and praise for bringing topics to the conversation that would otherwise be absent.
The thing is, this election is about more than me. It’s about more than any of the individual candidates or the parties they represent. A state senator is tasked with making decisions on behalf of the people in their district; in order to make the best possible decisions it’s essential to listen to their constituents. Elected officials should be accountable to the people, not corporate lobbyists. Do you remember the mantra, ‘Of the people, by the people, for the people’? That actually means something to me.
Candidates make promises all day long but how often to they actually deliver on those promises if they get elected? Based on every conversation I’ve had regarding this race, both with people from the district as well as with folks outside the lower Connecticut River Valley, people are sick and tired of the status quo and most have given up hope that either of the corporate parties can (or will) do anything to make things better. In other words, almost everyone I talk to realizes that elected officials are much more likely to listen to corporate lobbyists than they are to their own constituents.
Of course, everyone that knows me knows that I have an opinion on just about every issue out there. In most cases, I also have ideas for solutions to solve the problems that we face. As a candidate I have prioritized certain key issues that I believe need immediate attention. But I want to know what’s on your mind. What issues matter most to you? What are your ideas to help make society better?
Please, tell me what you’re thinking. Give me your ideas. Let’s do this together!
My priorities are improving job growth through ramping up the state’s clean energy economy, improving education for all of our children and young people, and stabilizing taxes for low and middle income families. In the coming weeks I’ll post more specific information on each of these priorities as well on other issues relevant to this race. In the meantime, if you have questions or want to know my thoughts on an issue, feel free to email me at email@example.com, or just comment on this post.
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