Education: B.S. from Southern Connecticut State University, Law degree from Quinnipiac University. Platform: Job creation and growing small business. Believes cutting taxes will not solve the state’s budget issues. Says the solution is to find ways to increase revenue for the state.
Other: Endorsed by the North Branford Democratic Town Committee, AFL-CIO., member of the New Haven Central Labor Council AFL-CIO; Mase ran unsuccessfully against Candelora as a petitioning candidate in 2016.
Residence: North Branford.
Occupation: Owner of Connecticut Sportsplex.
Education: B.A. from Connecticut College; Law degree from Penn State University.
Platform: Job creation and balancing the state budget. Says he helped to offer no tax increase in the state budget of the previous year. Believes in reducing tax burden and growing jobs.
Other: Cross-endorsed by Independent Party; Former North Branford town councilor; volunteer youth sports coach and Boy Scout Scoutmaster.
Occupation: Construction, welding, manufacturing.
Education: Guilford High School.
Platform: Legalize recreational marijuana; “sensible and equitable” tax reform, with “modest” increases on the wealthy; support small businesses; more support for mental health care system; criminal justice reform; opposed to tolls; $15 minimum wage; expand usage of alternative energies.
Choose a topic below to see where the candidates stand on each issue.
Vincent Mase's Stance: Mase said the economy can be improved through manufacturing. He said the state is overburdened and believes there should be an increase of jobs in the private sector. He said small businesses should have the opportunity to grow.
Vincent Candelora's Stance: Candelora said mental healthcare should be shifted to private sector agencies which provide tools to treat the population. He said there should be a look into using technology to help advance treatment and save money.
Colin Souney's Stance: Souney said the economy can be improved by the taxed sale of recreational marijuana. He said he will support subsidies, tax breaks, and incentives for small business. Souney said he supports increasing minimum living wage to $15 an hour, which he said would safeguard small businesses.
Vincent Mase's Stance: Mase said each child should have access to free public education which is subsidized through the revenue increase. He said it is important to ensure that revenue is sufficient to be allocated to different cities and towns and that funding for education is not cut.
Vincent Candelora's Stance: Candelora said the income formula will put money into districts with larger populations and different needs. He said there should be a comprehensive strategy for addressing behavioral issues. Candelora said there should be training to address safety issues that range from preventing bullying to stopping mass shootings.
Colin Souney's Stance: Souney said he will work to introduce legislation to protect parents who choose to homeschool their children.
Vincent Mase's Stance: Mase said he disagrees with the idea that cutting taxes will help the economy because it will lead to cuts to important services. He said in order to balance the state budget, there needs to be ways to generate more revenue within the state.
Vincent Candelora's Stance: Candelora said he believes in the importance of implementing a spending cap and ways to reduce taxes. He said he wants to continue bipartisan cooperation in moving forward a budget that seeks surplus revenue and enforces a spending cap.
Colin Souney's Stance: Souney said he believes in economic tax reform and the legalization of Marijuana. He said the state’s budget deficit can be addressed by the taxation and regulation of Marijuana.
Vincent Mase's Stance: Mase said he wants to make sure that police are properly trained to deal with crisis situations, keep an adequate state trooper force and firefighters are given the facilities to train and are equipped. He said schools need protection and believes that schools should have security guards.
Vincent Candelora's Stance: Candelora said recently there have been a string of incidents involving car break-ins and a look at juvenile justice laws could be a solution. He said there is a revolving door for crime which is due to repeat offenders not properly addressed through diversionary programs. Candelora said there should be a re-evaluation of the way narcotics are classified.
Colin Souney's Stance: Souney said the presence of ATV outside of state parks is a safety concern that should be addressed. He said there should be designated areas for ATV’s and dirtbikes and a fee structure to support the regulation.
Vincent Mase's Stance: Mase said the state should continue to invest in transportation like the New Haven rail line and the Hartford line to Springfield. He said developing land and building apartments and condominiums along the rail line could bring potential residents to Connecticut.
Vincent Candelora's Stance: Candelora said said he disagrees with tolls of any kind in the state. He said tolls could hurt manufacturing and there should be an reevaluation of expenses before a tax is considered. Candelora said there is a borrowing cap that can be shifted to increase the transportation budget so that a toll is not implemented that will tax residents.
Colin Souney's Stance: Strongly opposes tolls in Connecticut, which he feels is a regressive form of taxation.
Vincent Mase's Stance: Mase said he wants to look into clean water ways and eliminate poisonous dumps in Connecticut. He said when it comes to laws regarding the environment, he will consult with trained experts to make decisions.
Vincent Candelora's Stance: Candelora said he supports looking into different opportunities for recycling. He said there should be fewer regulations when it comes to hunting. In particular, Candelora said bears have become a public safety concern for residents and proper wildlife management is needed in Connecticut.
Colin Souney's Stance: Souney said he will support alternative energy initiatives such as wind and solar energy, which he said will boost local commerce. He said the state should look into opportunities for conservation, geothermal and other new technologies.