86th District House Candidates

Vincent Mase (D)

Party: Democratic.
Age: 68.
Residence: Northford.
Occupation: Attorney.
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.

Vincent Candelora (R)*

Party: Republican.
Age: 48.
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.

Colin Souney (G)

Party: Green.
Age: 43.
Residence: Guilford.
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.


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