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Barry D'Andrea

Running for State Representative

2 CTNewsJunkie Reader Endorsements

Party: Republican

CEP Status: nonparticipating


Age: 68

Marital Status: married

Current Residence: Hartford

Current Job: rehabilitation counselor

Previous Job: teacher

Previous Job: retail sales

Education: Master's degree

What can be done to improve the business climate in Connecticut while COVID-19 continues to be a risk?
I would support allowing businesses to re-open as soon as possible so that persons can get back to work.
With so much uncertainty ahead about COVID-19, how would you ensure that the people's business – both at the legislature and in all of our elections – will be conducted effectively, and with full participation, in the safest possible manner for the foreseeable future?
I support that all persons follow the safety protocols as suggested by the Center for Disease Control in social interactions.
With higher education facing major changes because of the pandemic, what steps will you take to make sure that Connecticut’s residents have access to college and/or other job training that won’t leave them tens of thousands of dollars in debt?
I would support legislation to restructure college education so that community college and state college graduates would be certified and qualified for specific jobs that would lead to a meaningful career.
What specific legislation would you support to reduce racism in Connecticut?
I would support legislation that makes it a criminal offense to deliberately discriminate against a person based on race, ethnicity or gender when the person applies for employment, housing, health care or public services.
What is one specific policy you support to help protect African Americans as an at-risk group during the pandemic?
I support that all persons, including African-Americans, have easy access to health care.
Connecticut’s revenues will sharply decline as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and, unlike Congress, Connecticut has a balanced budget requirement. What changes would you make to balance the budget? (If you want cuts, be specific what will be cut. If you want to raise taxes, be specific about which taxes.)
What should Connecticut do to re-tool our public health for COVID-19 and the possibility of future pandemics, while also addressing other chronic illnesses that put people at risk every day?
How can Connecticut lower healthcare costs while also improving quality and access to care?