Democrat state Representative Maria Horn is seeking her third term in the 64th House District, which includes Kent and the surrounding towns. She is being challenged by political newcomer Chris DuPont, a Goshen Republican. Horn served on the Environment Committee in the last General Assembly session and DuPont also says preserving the character of the northwest corner is important. Horn also chaired the Public Safety Committee. The former federal prosecutor says there should be a focus on providing law enforcement with the tools it needs for ensuring mental health. DuPont is a former member of Watertown Fire Department and EMS. Horn also served on the Energy and Technology Committee and wants to increase broadband in the rural district. DuPont says affordability is a key issue and wants to look into sales tax reductions and repealing the highway use tax on trucks set to take effect next year. As for healthcare, both agree that keeping services at Sharon Hospital is a top priority. Both candidates are pro-choice.