Platform & Policies
As a lifelong and third generation resident of Waterford, I have chosen to run for office because I love our community. However, there is no denying Connecticut is facing significant challenges. Young people are leaving this state due to high costs of living and limited job opportunities, our state budget is in a state of crisis, and residents of Southeastern Connecticut are bearing the brunt of the burden placed on communities.
I believe that we can do better. Waterford and Montville are great places to live, but Connecticut is in an economic decline. With strong, visionary leadership, we can, and will, reverse this trend. I believe that we can demand more of our elected officials. I believe that Connecticut has an opportunity to lead in sustainable economic development. I believe that we can balance our budget, produce clean energy here in CT, get our economy back on track, and promote education, health, and prosperity in Waterford and Montville.
As a young person living in Southeastern CT, I want to fight for our community so that Waterford and Montville continue to be wonderful places to live and raise a family.
Economy and Taxes
Connecticut's economy continues to struggle, and taxes on Southeastern CT communities continue to rise. Connecticut has one of the highest reliances on property taxes of any state in the U.S. We must rebalance our dependency on property taxes in three ways: reform our tax policy, close tax loopholes, and demand fiscally responsible spending. Additionally, we must prioritize increasing the efficiency of our state and local governments. Public banking, regionalizing services, and long-term planning are just some of the ways to increase revenue, cut wasteful spending, and focus tax dollars on vital services. Restoring municipal aid to Southeastern CT communities is vital to the economic growth of our region.
I am prepared to fight against the flow of money away from Southeastern CT and demand the restoration of support for our community. Rural and suburban Southeastern CT communities cannot continue to lose tax dollars to the cities at the expense of our own communities. Long-term solutions to CT’s economic stagnation require attracting businesses by building a young, educated workforce that is invested in living, working, and settling in our state.
We must bring back high-tech manufacturing training and workforce training programs to Connecticut's colleges and universities. I pledge to support the preservation of Connecticut's community colleges and high school technical programs. The businesses are already here, the students are already here, and it is up to us to create the opportunity for these businesses to grow and strengthen our state. Rebuilding CT's economy requires creating a state where young workers want to, and can afford, to live. I will fight for policies that offer partial to full student loan forgiveness for students willing to live and work in Connecticut for at least five years.
Strong schools build strong communities. As a candidate for State Representative, I pledge to consistently support policies that protect Connecticut’s public schools. The public education system is Connecticut’s greatest asset because education creates the opportunities needed to build an economically competitive state. Just as importantly, Connecticut’s public schools provide a wide variety of support programs to help our youth thrive physically, emotionally, and academically. As a state representative for Waterford and Montville, I would strongly oppose diverting public school funds to provide tax credits for private school tuition. I would also take action to end the payouts to private charter school management companies.
As the son of two public school teachers and an aspiring educator myself, I understand that Connecticut’s teachers are the foundation of our state’s school system. I pledge to support teachers by demanding the state fully fund the teachers’ retirement fund to guarantee financial stability and solvency. As your legislator, I will fight to restore Education Cost Share (ECS) funding to Southeastern CT's public schools and protect the future of our community's children.
I fully support the right of workers to collectively bargain, and I affirm the rights of unions to protect CT workers and their families. Unions are the first and best defenders of workers' rights and liberties. I support paid family leave for all CT workers and believe our state must fight gender discrimination in the workplace wherever and whenever we can. Finally, I support the gradual raising of the minimum wage to 15 dollars an hour, over a five year period, to strengthen our economy and empower working families. We must energize our economy from the bottom up, not the top down.
I am a strong proponent of widely accessible healthcare in Connecticut. As your representative, I pledge to protect the Affordable Care Act and to ensure that healthcare is available to all Connecticut residents. Healthcare is a human right and not something to be reserved for the privileged. Additionally, I plan to fully support policies that will help families with children with special needs or are providing care for an elderly parent. I have personally witnessed families struggling with both and know the support that is needed to provide care for loved ones.
I believe every woman has the right to safe reproductive healthcare. I staunchly support legislation to prohibit any enterprise from imitating or falsely advertising healthcare services and will take action to end the proliferation of so-called Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPC's) in Connecticut.
Connecticut's outdated and poorly designed ballots should be replaced with randomized ballots. Additionally, our state deserves a healthier electoral process. Ranked choice voting, recently made law in Maine, will ensures every individual's vote is counted and accurately translate voters' choices into votes.
I fully support the Citizens Election Program which keeps big money out of politics and allows candidates to focus on the issues rather than constant fundraising. I will fight any attempts to weaken this program and will seek reforms that give the same CEP application requirements to all candidates who appear on the ballot.
As a gun owner myself, I understand the importance of firearms safety. Connecticut has strong gun laws that have served our state well by decreasing the frequency of firearms deaths. I believe in upholding and supporting these laws while still respecting the Second Amendment rights of Connecticut citizens. I am proud to have earned the "Gun Sense Candidate Distinction" from Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense.
Legalizing cannabis will benefit Connecticut in several ways. Enforcing our existing cannabis laws wastes the valuable time of our police forces, and our state can significantly benefit from a taxed and regulated cannabis industry. Legalizing cannabis will also lower the costs of medical cannabis, empower our state to combat the opioid epidemic, and prevent criminal enterprises from profiting from ineffective prohibition.