Over the past ten years, majority party Democrats has continually increased state spending and your taxes. Despite record tax increases, our state is once again in deficit. In order to create a better future for our families, we must take steps to avoid these never-ending budget crises that harm our economy and force rash, unplanned cuts to important programs.
I felt compelled to run for State Senate because legislation, supported by career politicians like Gayle Slossberg, has put us in crisis. I bring a record of success as a teacher, Principal, and volunteer, advocating for students and people in my community. I am confident that I can bring the kind of experience to the State Senate that will help get us moving in the right direction.
As I knock on doors I have come to understand that you share my concerns. My opponent’s vote for Gov. Malloy’s 2015 budget, with its wasteful spending and excessive tax increases harms communities, businesses and families. By consistently spending more than we take in, and by over-taxing our people and our businesses, we are painted as irresponsible and anti-business. We need to find ways to compete with neighboring states to attract businesses, and consequently expand our tax base.
While the current Sikorsky deal apparently had to be struck, it is costly to taxpayers. It would have been great if long-serving politicians had the foresight to make the business climate fairer for ALL businesses in the state.
As your State Senator I will fight for efficient government, lower taxes, and sound fiscal policy. I will only support legislation that doesn’t harm our economy and slow job creation. I will work to remove the “pork” from our budget so we are not forced to cut important funding for municipalities, hospitals, education, and mental health services.
I have been an educator for over 37 years, serving as a Special Education Teacher, Principal and Vice-Principal in the West Haven school system. I have also taught at the University of New Haven as Adjunct Professor, teaching special education classes. In 2011 I was elected to the West Haven Board of Education and served as Chairman from 2013-2015. I continue as a current board member.
I enjoyed walking the 14th Senate District, meeting voters and sharing our concerns and ideas to bring us forward to a better future. I ask for your vote on November 8 and look forward to serving all of my friends and neighbors in Milford, Orange, West Haven and Woodbridge.