VOTE ON ELECTION DAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2020
Statements issued by surrogates of area Republican candidates seem to imply that I would be in favor of forced school regionalization and statewide zoning reform. I won't guess at the motive, but I would like to set the record straight so I can focus my time on speaking with voters and serving our community.
On Zoning - local control is best. There is too much variety across our state and even within one town for a one-size-fits-all approach. But, let's not end the sentence there. Plenty of people need diversified housing stock (seniors, young people, recently divorced, small business owners) and our community is already working to address this issue. Land use training for P&Z volunteers is one role that could be very useful for all towns. Let's get proactive instead of reactive.
On School Regionalization - Many Democrats in Hartford spoke up and defeated the regionalization bills proposed in 2019 for many good reasons. I wasn't elected in Hartford, but I certainly attended the community meetings and agreed that the proposals didn't work. I am a supporter of what many call back office cost savings. These types of programs are happening now and should continue.
We need to ensure that our healthcare is accessible and affordable -- in times of crisis and always. Stephanie supports:
Our policies need to go further than what is currently being offered by the state and federal government in providing relief to ensure small businesses and nonprofits survive the COVID-19 crisis. Stephanie supports:
Connecticut needs changes that both improve our democratic process and help mitigate the COVID-19 outbreak by allowing voters to participate in the process without exposure to others. Stephanie supports:
This is one area that we cannot get wrong. The future depends on it. Our natural resources in the state are one of the best things about living here and should be protected. Stephanie supports:
We need gun laws that expand upon the work of activists and legislators to make Connecticut an even safer place. Stephanie supports:
We need 21st century transportation to have a 21st century economy. Stephanie supports:
A highly rated school system is still one of the strongest draws for new residents to our towns. We need to plan to make sure our schools are preparing students for the future and not getting left behind. Stephanie supports:
Why should you vote Stephanie Thomas?
Hear what Congressman Jim Himes, Senators Will Haskell and Bob Duff, and Stephanie's twin brother have to say!