Occupation: Director of Family Supports at Connection Inc.
Education: Master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Southern Connecticut State University; B.A. in Psychology from William Patterson College.
Platform: Small business, healthcare. Favors clean air and water regulations. Believes in privatizing non-profit sector. Says he wants to lower healthcare costs.
Other: Former member of Wolcott Planning and Zoning Commission; Endorsed by Planned Parenthood CT; Uniformed Professional Firefiighter Association, Connecticut chapter of the National Organization of Women, National Association of Social Workers Connecticut Chapter.
Occupation: Director of Community Relations for The Village at Kensington Place in Meriden; Account Executive at First Data North America.
Education: Some college, previously a sales manager for ATT advertising.
Platform: Job creation, improving the state economy and lower taxes. Favors increasing education funding and school resource officers. Believes state needs to control spending. Says businessess should be encouraged to stay in Connecticut.
Other: Wolcott Town Council chairwoman (6 years); Endorsed by state Sen. Joe Markley, Rep. Rob Sampson, Rep. John Fusco, Wolcott Republican Town Committee, Southington Republican Town Committee and Connecticut Association of Realtors.
Choose a topic below to see where the candidates stand on each issue.
David Borzellino's Stance: Borzellino said there should be a serious look into alternative sources of revenue. He said he is aware of the medicinal uses of marijuana by some Connecticut residents and believes taxation could be another revenue stream for the state.
Gale Mastrofrancesco's Stance: Mastrofrancesco said the state economy is a trickle down system. She said there should be a focus on creating jobs and encouraging businesses to come to Connecticut and give them a reason to stay.
David Borzellino's Stance: Borzellino said a reinvestment in education will build a stronger community. He said there should be a focus on investing technology training for students, community colleges and vocational schools. He said he has a great respect for the educational system and believes smaller classroom sizes are beneficial to a child’s education.
“Cost is going to make it harder and harder to have school,” Borzellino said. “Not everyone gets a master’s or MBA but people can be trained.”
Gale Mastrofrancesco's Stance: Mastrofrancesco said funding for education is very important and schools need to be provided with the tools that they need. She said local school boards and teachers should have more control over how funding is spent in order to have the tools and money to get the job done.
“No town should get more money because of where its located,” Mastrofrancesco said. “A student is a student and they should be educated fairly.”
David Borzellino's Stance: Borzellino said to resolve state budget issues there needs to be a look into the tax structure. He said there is a lot of regulation and oversight that needs to be addressed. He said there should be a focus on bringing businesses to Connecticut.
“It’s going to be difficult, there are fixed costs,” Borzellino said. “We have to look toward innovation, industry, colleges and how we can best train students for the future that meet needs of businesses.”
Gale Mastrofrancesco's Stance: Mastrofrancesco says the state must deal with the large deficit. She said the state has a spending problem and said money shouldn’t be spent on items that aren’t an immediate need, such as splash pads.
“We really need to use common sense with the budget. If we can’t afford it, we can’t spend it,” Mastrofrancesco said. “We have to get our spending in control.”
David Borzellino's Stance: Borzellino said it is important for a community to have a strong and effective police force in order to reduce crime. He said he considers the opioid epidemic as a public safety issue. Borzellino said grants should be set in place to start prevention measures and more access to overdose medication.
Gale Mastrofrancesco's Stance: Mastrofrancesco said she wants to help restore and fund the taskforce on illegal gun trafficking, which she said has been unfunded since 2015. She said additional funding should also be directed toward school resource officers.
David Borzellino's Stance: Borzellino said he is against tolls for Connecticut residents but suggests that out of state drivers be taxed.
Gale Mastrofrancesco's Stance: Mastrofrancesco said she is not in favor of tolls. She said that taxes are too high but she said a fund should be created for transportation. She said the funding should be saved for the purpose intended and that legislators must stop “raiding it” to fund other projects.
David Borzellino's Stance: Borzellino said he does not support fracking and believes there should be clean air initiatives. He said he supports researching and implementing ways to use and enhance solar energy.
“I would not support any regulations being lifted that affect the community,” Borzellino said.
Gale Mastrofrancesco's Stance: Mastrofrancesco said she supports a measure on the ballot that would require a public hearing to authorize the transfer of state owned property such as state parks and forests. Mastrofrancesco said it will lead to more transparency.
“I feel very strongly that we need to preserve our nature and environment for future generations,” Mastrofrancesco said.