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Sherman Democrat running in 108th House District

Democrat Jeff Ginsburg is looking to unseat Republican Patrick Callahan in the 108th District of New Fairfield and Sherman.  He grew up in Danbury and retired in Sherman.  He's active in a number of local organizations.  He lives on Squantz Pond and was on the Candlewood Yacht Club Board of Directors.  He kayaks extensively and is very aware of the positive and negative impacts on water quality.  He says the increased use of wake boats is increasing and having an impact on the shoreline.  When it comes to walk-ins at state parks, he doesn't support a ban but would support a fee for adult users in order to help maintain the park.  He thinks state troopers are doing a good job in controlling crowds.  Ginsburg says WCSU did a study years ago that found 40-percent of the area's economy is related to the lake.  He wants to create an economic council to coordinate activities around the lake.  He would support the 25-cent gas tax holiday, but also supports the highway user fee set to take effect for large trucks.  He says that will help pay for some infrastructure projects.  Ginsburg supports recent public safety measures approved by the General Assembly, including increased funding for police training, resources for the court to address backlogs and more youth prevention programs.  He would support toughening policies to stop crimes before they start.  Ginsburg says Sherman allows for in-law suites to help seniors stay in the community and near their families.  He would like to see more initiatives to help people age in place, but doesn't think the state should get involved in zoning issues.  He believes zoning should remain under local oversight.  His top priority if elected would be to focus on education and children's mental health.  Ginsburg says school-based services should be expanded.  He says offering more services could also help cut down on crime and prevent domestic issues.