CONNECTICUT — The 2020 election is heating up in Connecticut and there are plenty of races with candidates eager to serve in elected office. Eyes are primarily focused on the presidential election, but every state representative and senate seat is up for grabs.
All five of Connecticut’s congressional seats are up for grabs as well.
There are 151 seats in the state House of Representatives and 36 in the state Senate. Democrats currently hold majorities in both chambers with a 91 to 60 lead over Republicans in the House and a 22 to 14 lead in the Senate.
Connecticut Patch asked candidates to answer questions about their campaigns.
Robin Comey, a Branford resident, is running for House of Representatives District 102.
Party affiliation: Democratic Party
Family: Husband David Steinman and two children Maddie and Michael
Occupation: Executive Director Branford Early Childhood Collaborative 5 years and partner in family business Starprompt – 28 years
Previous elected experience: State Representative 102nd District
Family members in government: No
Campaign website: www.RobinComey.com
The single most pressing issue facing our state is _______, and this is what I intend to do about it.
Clearly the single most pressing issue facing our state is the COVID-19 pandemic, plus the downstream impact it has had on our economy, our school children, and our elderly living at home or in convalescent care. The Governor has done an outstanding job keeping us all safe and our direct care workers – doctors, nurses, medical first responders, police – are the heroes of our lifetime as they and all the other essential workers work on the front lines. It will take a long time to recover from the avalanche of COVID’s aftermath, but I am confident we’ll come back stronger than ever.
I’ve spent every day for the last six months working hard to help our neighbors cope with the pandemic, resolving unemployment issues, getting critical PPE for childcare programs, so they could stay open for the children of essential workers, and helping small businesses with their applications for federal financial relief.
I am committed to working with both sides in the legislature to build back our economy.
During my first term in office, our Rainy Day Fund reached 15% for the first time, a milestone that could not have come at a better time. It will help us weather the losses in revenue caused by the pandemic and protect Branford from deep cuts in state aid.
We are not out of the woods yet, and we need to be flexible as a state. I support the work we are already doing being guided by public health experts and the scientists in this state who have dedicated so much to helping us navigate the pandemic. I will be supporting and working with my colleagues to build a support system for our families and our businesses. We need policies that are responsive to the shifting needs of our state residents, including reliable public education, childcare and stable housing