Republican DebraLee Hovey says she is pleased that the message of common sense she brought to Hartford 10 years ago still guides her in every decision. She notes that unfortunately state spending has increased 55% in that time while income has only grown 21%. She says voting in the minority for balanced budgets needs to become something that a majority of legislators back.
While she says it hasn’t always been easy to balance being a professional, a legislator, a mother and a wife, she was able to help 700 constituents last year in dealing with state bureaucracy. She says she enjoys working with First Selectmen of the towns she represents and even though she only represents a portion of Monroe and of Newtown, she serves all people of both towns. Hovey says being an educator, mediator and advocate, has helped her to lead collective problem solving efforts for the benefit of the community.
If reelected, Hovey says she will continue to support transparency of government, reduction of government and accountability by the state for spending residents hard earned dollars. She adds that she will continue to vote against hidden taxes and unfunded mandates.
Democrat Robert Dombroski is looking to unseat Hovey.
Dombroski is an attorney who graduated from Wesleyan University and law school in Michigan. While living there in the 90s, he ran for a Michigan state legislative seat and to be a prosecuting attorney. Dombroski and his family moved back to Connecticut 10 years ago.
What motivated him to come out of retirement and run for office is that he says after two decades, too much of the dollars Newtown and Monroe send to Hartford does not come back to the area. He says $5 trillion has disappeared from people’s pockets, not because of higher taxes, but because of excess spending.
If elected, he says he wants to find out how that happened and how to solve the problem.