ON THE ISSUES
I believe we should make it easier to vote, not harder. Our democracy is stronger when everyone has a voice. Sadly, however, Connecticut has some of the most restrictive voting laws in the country, and my opponent has voted to block legislation that would make it easier for residents to vote.
I support expanding access to voting through the following measures:
1. Ensure the availability of absentee ballot drop boxes.
2. Promote legislation to allow no-excuse absentee voting.
3. Advocate for an amendment to the state constitution that will permit early voting.
4. Support mailing an absentee ballot application to every registered voter.
A majority of states in our country have already adopted these measures, and I believe it’s past time for Connecticut to join them. Voting is crucial to our democratic process and all voices must be included. Populations who have historically been disenfranchised, including individuals with disabilities, commuters, and students, must not be left out.
I support economic development strategies focused on long-term growth and stability. We must ensure Connecticut's economy will emerge from the pandemic stronger by building up our workforce to meet the needs of the future.
I will advocate for investments in emerging industries, such as clean energy and high-tech manufacturing, and for initiatives to increase apprenticeships and worker training programs within these industries. Increasing clean, alternative energy sources in Connecticut will also reduce our residents’ energy bills, among the highest in the U.S.
I will advocate for measures that attract and keep businesses in Connecticut, including practical tax policy and ensuring a robust, skilled work force. I will also champion economic security for our working class via more safe, high-paying, blue-collar jobs with robust benefits such as healthcare, retirement, and paid family leave.
As the son of two public school teachers and an alumnus of Connecticut public schools, I understand the importance of access to a high-quality education. I am committed to working to achieve that access for every child in Connecticut, regardless of their zip code.
I support collaborating with our schools' extraordinary teachers, administrators, and parent communities to improve student achievement through a variety of initiatives. I will advocate to increase access to after-school programs, to invest in STEM and computer science programming, to expand pre-K learning opportunities, and to increase availability of health and mental health resources for students at all levels of education, particularly in light of the challenges they have faced due to the coronavirus pandemic.
I’m passionate about ensuring that all members of Connecticut's military community - our veterans, active military members, and their families – receive the support of their government at all levels.
It is a sad truth that a wide range of mental health issues are known to plague veterans, including PTSD, risk of suicide, depression, grief, and substance abuse. These conditions often contribute to and compound situational challenges such as joblessness and homelessness. I support legislative efforts to create, enhance, and/or ensure access to a range of veterans’ assistance programs including mental health services, job placement assistance, substance abuse recovery programs, housing aid, rental assistance, and more.
After all that they have sacrificed for our country, it is our obligation to support the men and women who have served us in uniform.
PUBLIC SAFETY & WELL-BEING
I believe we should invest significantly in measures to improve and maintain public health to keep our communities safe, healthy, and thriving. While Connecticut remains one of the safest states in the country, we know that certain crimes are up, particularly car theft and other street crimes. To tackle this issue, I support measures that have proven effective, such as implementing community-based "diversion" programs that curb harmful behaviors among juvenile offenders and improving youth access to mental health services.
Our state also has one of the lowest rates of gun violence, but I believe we can do even better by passing common-sense gun violence prevention legislation that maintains our collective safety while preserving residents’ freedoms.
I believe that every resident deserves the ability to comfortably age in place right here in Connecticut, one of the most beautiful states in the country. Unfortunately, this is currently not feasible for many. While inflation and rising prescription drug costs impact everyone, they are particularly burdensome for retirees and those on a fixed income. I support Governor Lamont's legislative proposals on healthcare to reduce prescription drug prices and increase price transparency. And I will advocate to reduce the tax burden on our seniors and to expand the availability of senior housing options.
Given that seniors, particularly those in nursing homes & assisted living facilities, have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, I’ll push for measures to improve care for seniors living in these facilities, and to ensure they have well-trained staff, proper PPE, and robust testing and infection care.