Republican Clark Chapin says being a state representative for the past 12 years has been a privilege and feels his experience and dedication will serve him well. He says the economy and taxes are on people’s minds. He would like to continue his work in protecting the environment and Candlewood Lake.
Chapin says Connecticut needs to get back on track in terms of jobs and help people afford their bills. When it comes to the Governor’s First Five program, he was optimistic at first at the prospect of having companies move in to Connecticut. But he says the types of jobs Malloy has awarded these incentives to are not the types of jobs or companies that the legislature thought they would be.
Chapin says the Education Cost Sharing formula is broken, but acknowledges that no legislature would want to see a decrease in the amount of money they currently receive. He is looking forward to hearing the recommendations of a task force that has held meetings over the past year on how to make sure communities get what they put in while safeguarding areas that currently receive more.
Democrat William O Riiska is an attorney from Lakeville. He served on the Norfolk Planning and Zoning Commission for 12 years. He was also chairman of the government relations committee of the Northwestern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce. Requests for a candidate profile interview were unanswered.