2018 Senate Candidates

Christopher Murphy (D)*

Party: Democratic Party.
Age: 45.
Residence: Cheshire.
Occupation: U.S. Senator.
Education: Bachelor of arts, Williams College; Law degree, UCONN.
Platform: Create jobs, make sure all Americans have quality health care they can afford, keep kids safe from gun violence. “On issues ranging from transportation and manufacturing to fixing our broken mental health system and combating the opioid crisis, I’m driven by the feedback I get from Connecticut residents.”
Other: Cross-endorsed by the Working Families Party. Previously served in the U.S. House, state Senate, and state General Assembly. Began career in public service on Southington Planning & Zoning Commission. He and wife Cathy have two sons, Owen and Rider.

Matthew Corey (R)

Age: 54.
Occupation: Founder and operator of Advanced Services International; Owns McKinnon’s Irish Pub. Education: Manchester High School.
Platform: Opposes regulations that harm small businesses. Make more programs that lift people out of poverty. Eliminate the U.S. Department of Education and return power to the states and local government. Eliminate radical Islam. Supports arming teachers. Backs President Trump’s economic policies and overall direction of the country.
Other: Ran twice against U.S. Rep. John Larson for the 1st district congressional seat and lost. State Republican delegate winner. Served in the U.S. Navy 1982-1987.

Richard Lion (L)

Party: Libertarian.
Age: 62.
Residence: Manchester.
Occupation: Logistics Manager.
Education: High school; took classes at multiple colleges and universities, including manchester and Asnuntuck Community colleges; Penn State University; University of Pittsburgh.
Platform: Protect constitutional rights; cut spending and balance budget; stop engaging in foreign conflicts; ending the war on drugs; eliminate gun restrictions.
Other: U.S. Air Force veteran, served 10 years in Connecticut Air National Guard; run for mayor of Hartford twice and step representative three times.

Jeff Russell (G)

Party: Green.
Age: 64.
Residence: Glastonbury.
Occupation: Disabled.
Education: Glastonbury High School, attended University of Connecticut.
Platform: Protect the environment; clean and renewable energy; universal health care; ballot access; more peaceful diplomatic approach; eliminate corporate influence on government.
Other: Has run for either U.S. Senate or 1st Congressional District each cycle since 2010.


Where they stand

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Christopher Murphy's Website

Matthew Corey's Website

Richard Lion's Website

Jeff Russell's website