Occupation: Personal property specialist for a public adjuster.
Education: Lyman Hall High School graduate. Studied at Southern Connecticut State University.
Platform: Economic growth through quality of life. Invest in economy by helping small business with low interest loans. Equitable and relevant pre-K to graduate degree education. Infrastructure, environmental protection, affordable health care.
Other: Endorsed by Our Revolution-CT, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Planned Parenthood, the CT Women’s March, CT Chapter of the National Organization for Women, the Sierra Club, LEAP Forward and public and private unions. First time running for legislative office. Member of the Wallingford’s Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission. Married with two daughters.
Residence: North Haven.
Occupation: Attorney, president and founder of Fasano, Ippolito, Lee, & Florentine law firm, New Haven and Branford; Owner of Silver Sands Beach and Tennis Club, East Haven.
Education: Yale University, B.S.,1981; Quinnipiac University Law School, J.D., 1984, Boston University Law, L.L.M. degree in taxation, 1985.
Platform: Reducing the tax burden, bringing businesses and jobs back to Connecticut, turning in a balanced budget, growing the state economy.
Other: Endorsed by Independent Party, NFIB Connecticut PAC, CEA - Honor Roll, Police Officers Association of Connecticut, Connecticut Realtors, CBIA. Fasano was elected state senator in 2003. He became Senate Republican President Pro Tempore in January 2017. Served as Senate Minority Leader after being elected to the position by his colleagues in 2014. Married to Jill Fasano.
Choose a topic below to see where the candidates stand on each issue.
Aili McKeen's Stance: Once we balance the budget and start paying down our debt, we can do a lot to grow the economy through relevant and affordable education, residency incentives, low-interest small business loans, and social services that help the most vulnerable among us. In particular, we must guarantee access to affordable healthcare and make sure that people earn a living wage, so that they can buy goods and services and enjoy the cultural amenities our state has to offer. No one who works two full-time jobs should live in poverty, and everyone who works a full-time job should be able to provide their families with a roof over their head and food on the table.
Len Fasano's Stance: Businesses move to a favorable tax climate and jobs follow businesses and people follow jobs. We have taxed too much in this state and businesses are leaving. My district has seen a number of businesses leaving and we all watched as GE left this state. This is about having a business climate that encourages growth. Over the past six years, under Governor Dannel P. Malloy, the Democrats have brought uncertainty to the business environment by implanting various taxes not tied to public policy and businesses have reacted by leaving this state. A healthy economy means a healthy general fund resulting in money to pay for those services we would need to enhance.
Aili McKeen's Stance: Providing relevant and equitable education to our children is essential for giving them best hope of a life with economic stability and social meaning. This starts with good pre-K, as studies show that quality early education benefits children for the rest of their lives. This continues through affordable and accessible higher education and vocational training. Education is an investment in our future that we cannot neglect, even in tight budget years, because to do so sets us on a downward course, economically and socially. Equitable funding is not just essential, it is moral. Quality equals opportunity. All our children, regardless of zip code, deserve a quality and affordable education.
Len Fasano's Stance: As Republican leader, we developed a real Educational Cost Formula (“ECS”) to determine how much money each town would receive. The Democrats, in concert with Governor Malloy, removed the ECS formula in lieu of political favoritism to determine how much money towns would receive. Our new formula provides certainty, predictability and reliability by municipalities knowing how much monies they are going to get from the state. On the curriculum side, I like the model that Superintendent Salvatore Menzo is using in Wallingford, which is a "pipeline” from the classroom to the job market for those who are not interested in college. This is a model we should be using throughout the state.
Aili McKeen's Stance: If it weren’t for all the bonding and borrowing over the past five decades, Connecticut’s economy would be in good shape. But previous leadership left us with a debt that our children will be paying for decades. Our tax code and budget should represent our values. Let those who work hard and earn little keep their money. Those who gamble on Wall Street can afford to pay more. We need to audit our state agencies, seek out and eliminate waste and inefficiency, and remove the waste-incentivizing rule that if they don’t spend their full budget one year, that they get a cut the following year. We need to pay our bills, bond less and focus on what best serves our residents.
Len Fasano's Stance: Once we balance the budget and start paying down our debt, we can do a lot to grow the economy through relevant and affordable education, residency incentives, low-interest small business loans and social services that help the most vulnerable among us. We must guarantee access to affordable health care and make sure that people earn a living wage, so that they can buy goods and services and enjoy the cultural amenities in our state. No one who works two full-time jobs should live in poverty, and everyone who works a full-time job should be able to provide their families with a roof over their head and food on the table.
Aili McKeen's Stance:Our state police have suffered staff cuts over the past decade, and that’s made our highways less safe. Our environmental conservation police have suffered even deeper cuts, which has made our state forests and parks less safe. These men and women not only enforce our laws, but find our missing and educate our citizens. Well-equipped, well-educated, well-compensated and diverse law enforcement is a benefit to our communities.
Len Fasano's Stance: We need to do more for our police officers and firemen. They have hard jobs, especially police officers, who have to make quick, almost reflex, decisions, which will have an impact on them for the rest of their life. While I recognize that when they took the job they understood these consequences, sometimes an event can take place which no one would expect to experience in their lifetime. We need to take a hard look at some of these issues and provide services in these cases.
Aili McKeen's Stance: We can't let our bridges collapse. We have to fund road maintenance. Our grandparents invested their tax money building our roads, bridges and utilities, and our economy relies on moving people and products around the state. Every state around us has tolls, and it seems like one out of every three cars on the highway has an out of state plate, almost always a state with tolls. We pay to use their roads, but they use ours for free. That’s not right. We should create an electronic tolling system for truckers that use our roads for free like Rhode Island has. We can no longer afford to subsidize our states’ economies.
Len Fasano's Stance: We need to make transportation infrastructure a priority. That's why the Republicans came up with Prioritize Progress, which has no tolls, no additional taxes and provides the necessary funding. Connecticut's transportation system plays a major role in the state's economy, quality of life and opportunity for growth. Prioritize Progress creates a predictable and sustainable funding stream to ensure that transportation will be properly funded. The plan reallocates the general obligation bonds leveraging federal dollars for infrastructure resulting in a total of $70.8 billion for transportation needs over the next 30 years.
Aili McKeen's Stance: I am a passionate conservationist. I’m against eliminating regulations that were put in place over the past century because corporations have polluted our air, water and soil. Many people in my district do not have access to city water supplies, and our reservoirs could also be at risk if environmental regulations were reduced for the sake of corporate profit. We should not go back to the days of the ruinous pollution America experienced prior to the 1970s.
Len Fasano's Stance: I was appointed by former Governor Jodi Rell to head the Long Island Taskforce to look into the Broadwater project, which examined the possibility of the first floating liquid natural gas in this area, and for the very first time that a portion of the Long Island Sound would be used for commercial purposes. As chairman of the committee, we stopped that project from moving forward. Our environment needs to be protected with the right balance of laws. This session, we need to look long and hard at the issue of plastics, especially along the shorefront.