80th District House Candidates

David Borzellino (D)

Party: Democratic.
Age: 57.
Residence: Wolcott.
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.

Gale Mastrofrancesco (R)

Party: Republican.
Age: 57.
Residence: Wolcott.
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.


Where they stand

Choose a topic below to see where the candidates stand on each issue.

State Budget

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.”