Archive for November 4th, 2012

November 4th, 2012

State Senate, House Candidates Q & A

by Christopher O'Brien

The candidates for State Senate and State Representative attended a forum two weeks ago on moral and ethical issues they may need to vote upon if they are elected to represent Wolcott and Southington next week. The forum was held at St. Pius X Church and was sponsored by a coalition of local churches and the Connecticut Catholic Conference.

Participating in the forum were State Representative candidates Rob Sampson (R, I), and Charles Marsella (D, WF). Also were State Senate candidates Joe Markley (R) and John “Corky” Mazurek (D, WF).

Below are some of the positions outlined by the candidates:

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November 4th, 2012

State Legislature Debates on TV, Whisper

by Christopher O'Brien

Two debates were held between the two candidates for State Senate and State Representative in the past month. One of those is being televised on Comcast Ch. 96 all day today (Sunday). Tune in to be informed on their positions. Current Town Councilman Charles Marcella is challenging State Rep. Rob Sampson for a two year term. Former state representative Corky Mazurek is challenging current state senator Joe Markley for a two year term in the State Senate.

Another debate from St. Pius Church was audiotaped by the Whisper. We are attempting to upload this file today. If we are unable, we will print highlights from it.

The Connecticut State Legislature actually affects Wolcott residents in many ways greater than the US Congress. The purvue of the legislature in the last two years has considered wide ranging bills on teaching and education performance, the Governor’s controversial “First Five” program and large tax increases. They also deal with justice issues, providing funding to cities and towns, set policy about highway and road construction and distribute much of the funding back to municipalities like Wolcott for those. Bonding issues, economic climate, and environmental policy also is set by the legislature.