State Senator District 22

Steve Choi

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Party: Republican

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Stephen Dincher

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Party: Independent Party

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Age: 35

Marital Status: Married

Current Residence: Trumbull

Current Job: Optometric Physician

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Education: Doctorate

Despite statements to the contrary by various individuals, PPE has remained in short supply throughout the country. If elected, how will you ensure that every state and US territory is provided with enough medical supplies and capacity to manage the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the next one(s)?
The coronavirus has placed a tremendous strain on the healthcare system, and the rise in unemployment has resulted in many people losing their health insurance, amplifying disparities in access to health care. If elected, what would you do to help the healthcare system and all the people who need it? Would you expand coverage with a public option or a Medicare For All concept, something else, or nothing?
Do you agree or disagree with President Trump's recent decisions to label certain American cities as "anarchist," and to send federal agents – uninvited by local authorities – into cities such as Portland, Oregon? In your opinion, is this a legitimate use of federal force and rhetoric, or is this an overreach?
It is unconstitutional for the Federal Government to interfere in a state without that state legislature's permission.
The pandemic has led to massive changes in our workforce, with many jobs disappearing entirely, at least for now. If elected, how do you envision reshaping the workforce to create new opportunities for those whose jobs have evaporated – for example, in restaurants and bars and throughout the service sector?
By freeing the market as much as possible. Connecticut's regulatory burdens are immense and are stifling job creation and economic mobility. I will introduce legislation to decrease regulations, taxes, and licensing burdens and always vote against increases to the same.
COVID-19 and the resulting recession have increased the number of people who qualify for Medicaid just when state revenues are dropping. Will you support more relief for state Medicaid programs to continue coverage levels and ensure access to providers?
The coronavirus is going to be with us for the foreseeable future, bringing with it, massive ongoing disruption to all of our systems, from food supply to employment to health care to education and more. From a broad perspective, how do you holistically envision addressing this crisis in the long-term?
By freeing the market. Market actors are far better at adapting to changes and can work quickly to provide resources where they are needed most. Individual planning, not central planning, is required.
Many Americans are now calling racism a public health crisis in our country, with policy implications and disparities across multiple sectors like law enforcement, residential zoning, healthcare access, employment, and educational equity, among others. What measures must Congress take to address racism and its impact over many generations in America?
What measures do you support to help protect voting rights this year and for the years ahead, within the context of the pandemic and post-pandemic voting?
Election security is a critical part of our representative republic. Electoral reforms such as Ranked Choice Voting, Multi-Member Proportional Representation by Single Transferable Voting, opening the counting of ballots to the public (no more back room counting the night of the election), issuing state voter IDs to all registered voters, should all be considered to ensure fair and accurate elections and representation.
Do you agree or disagree with President Trump’s directive for all schools to return to a full schedule this school year? What parameters and/or process do you endorse in making decisions involving the operation of public schools in the age of COVID-19?
Schools should be open in full. Parents and guardians should be free to make the right decision for their children. Parents and guardians, not bureaucrats in Hartford or Administrators should determine where education tax money is spent for their own children.
The world is facing an impending climate emergency. With the US spending more than the next 10 countries combined on our military budget, do you think that it is important that we transition some of those resources to combat and build resiliency ahead of a predicted global climate catastrophe? How can Connecticut’s existing engineering, manufacturing, and technical project management expertise be transitioned to address that next emergency before it is too late?
Cut military spending, yes.

Marilyn Moore

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Party: Democrat

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Age: 71

Marital Status: single

Current Residence: Bridgeport

Current Job: Legislator

Previous Job: Non profit Founder & Executive DIrector

Previous Job: Managing Director AT&T

Education: college

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 can be done to improve the business climate in Connecticut while COVID-19 continues to be a risk?
We should provide as much financial support as fiscally possible to support innovative ways that will allow businesses to relook their business model It may mean supplying them the support of consultants who are experienced in rebranding their product or service.
What specific legislation would you support to reduce racism in Connecticut?
Legislation begins with an idea, it also begins in the mind of the person presenting it. I strongly support that every piece of legislation is questioned by legislators. The question should be "what role does racism play in this legislation and how does it impact BIPOC"?
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?
We have learned that monitoring early on is a powerful weapon against spreading the virus. Business owners should be trained on precautions the same way a restaurant receives approval to do business there should be an ongoing evaluation that safety precautions are in place to protect the customers and cut back on the spread of the virus. Adopt a process, Implement, review, and evaluate on a consistent basis.
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?
What is one specific policy you support to help protect African Americans as an at-risk group during the pandemic?
This is a difficutlt question since the harm to AA has already been done by not testing early on in urban centers. Going forward I would place the responsibility on the chief executive of every city that has an at-risk population to communicate an emergency plan at the onset of a pandemic. Each urban center has a health director who whoul be prepared to implement a plan that focuses on at-risk groups. I would support legislation that codifies that cities submit their plans annually.
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?
Clear, consise education in all languages should be available at all times. The same way we educate for chronic diseases, we must provide education at an education that is easy to comprehend and in several languages; not just spanish. Our state is diverse and our education should be inclusive of the diversity.
How can Connecticut lower healthcare costs while also improving quality and access to care?
Prevention is key to keeping people healthy. We must promote healthy eating, exercise,and offer affordable or free programs on teaching how to eat healthy and exercise. Places like the Y's and Boy's and Girls Clubs should increase their reach to children and engage them in exercise and health education. Contine to teach children how eat healthy and participate in growing their own vegetables in community garden. It begins with creating healthy habits among our children so they will become healthy adults. Healthcare costs can be lowered if we strive to be healthier and promote healthy living.