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Next up is candidate Christopher Wright running for State Senate in District 31. He is taking on incumbent Henri Martin.
Wright is a former Democratic member of the Connecticut House of Representatives, representing District 77 from 2009 to 2015. Wright earned his B.A. from Central Connecticut State University. His professional experience includes working as a registrar for St. Francis Healthcare.
What are your most pressing issues?
Clearly, the most pressing issues facing the state are the economy and the budget. These two issues are connected as you cannot balance the state budget through either tax increases (which I voted against as a State Representative) or through budget cuts alone, but only by growing the economy. One way to do this is by promoting the manufacturing sector. In Bristol alone, we have over 6,200 people who make their living in manufacturing.
This is why I am supportive of the State Community Colleges moving to a technical, vocational curriculum.
This provides High School graduates with an alternative to a four year college and manufacturers with the trained candidates for employment that they are seeking in Connecticut. A second sector is financial services. Connecticut receives many benefits by being both the insurance capitol of the country and the home to many successful investment firms.
These business provide jobs for tens of thousands of Connecticut residents and billions in income tax revenue for the state, so we must make sure that they remain and expand here. This can only be done by providing the state a balanced budget and stable tax rates. This is why I voted against tax increases while in the House and will do so again in the Senate.
How do your thoughts and ideas differ from your opponents?
I believe that one thing that makes me different from the current State Senator is my willingness to vote against my leadership on important issues, such as the budget. Henri Martin’s voting record these last two years has been 99% with his leadership.
I believe that the people of the district deserve a Senator whom is willing to demonstrate more independence. In addition, during my time in the House I was one of the only legislators who was a regular working man and who punched a timeclock. I think that this gave me a perspective that most legislators, including Henri, don’t have.
I know what it is to take on extra shifts to make ends meet and to worry about paying medical bills. The people of the 31 st District are, by and large, average
working people like myself and they need a Senator who will be their champion and not just a reliable, solid vote for the 1%.
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