Republican incumbent Toni Boucher is seeking another term representing the District that includes a portion of Bethel, Redding, Ridgefield and Wilton.
Boucher says job growth and tax policies that affect job growth are areas that her constituents have told her remain priorities if she is reelected. She says people are worried about another tax increase coming on the heels of one of the biggest in the state’s history. She says they want unfunded liabilities, spending and the education cost sharing formula to be looked at.
Boucher has been having meetings with school officials about how the new education reform package is affecting them. She would also like to work on environmental and transportation issues. Boucher adds that small businesses aren’t growing and spending because they are uncertain about the future. She says that means there can’t be increases in income tax or other taxes. Boucher says she would like to remove the state’s portion of the real estate conveyance tax and to block a buyers tax that some have discussed because the cost of housing is a problem in the state.
Boucher says there are too many legislators in Hartford that don’t understand how businesses work and as a former business executive and currently a small business owner, she wants to continue to use her voice to advocate for business.
Boucher has served on her local Board of Education, her local Board of Selectman, the state Board of Ed and the state House.
Democrat Carolanne Curry has served the City of New Haven’s Director of Welfare, the City of Bridgeport’s Director of the Welfare and established the Citi-Stat program in Bridgeport. She describes the program as a more cost-effective delivery of services and programs and a more efficient use of taxpayer money.
Curry was a member of the Mayor’s Task Force on Universal Childcare Access and was appointed as a Westport Planning and Zoning Alternate. Curry was President and Founder of Blue Hills Insurance: a brokerage that handled life, health and accident insurance. She was also Partner and Vice-President of Income Protectors, Inc, an insurance brokerage for marketing group products.
Curry says if elected she would like to focus on more education reforms, reducing the cost of care for seniors and state aid to municipalities in the district falling short. Curry says the Education Reform bill passed earlier this year handicaps the high performing schools in the district.
Curry says she would support a statewide cap on municipal property tax rates.