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Occupation: State Representative.
Education: High School.
Platform: Jobs. Jobs. Job training. Connecticut manufacturers are in immediate and future need of trained workers. We must accelerate our training and educational programs to help fill these good paying positions.
Other: Served on the City Council from 1987 to 1995. State Representative from 1995 to present with 100 percent attendance. Has not missed a City Council meeting or a session of the House in 31 years, Altobello said.
Occupation: Outreach pastor for 30 years. Community activist.
Education: Licensed and ordained minister.
Platform: I believe in no tolls, the right to bear arms, local control of education, religious freedom, and making our community safer.
Other Party Endorsements: Independent Party.
Other: Meriden resident for 12 years, established the Hope on Hobart program, which has fed city families during the holidays. Implemented a backpack program for children’s school supplies and regularly hosts multi-neighborhood events. New York City - Served on NYC Tenants Association Board, NYC Housing Board, and Mayor David Dinkins' Youth Advisory Board; Meriden - Currently serves as a member of the Human Rights Advisory Board and the Commission for Persons with Disabilities.
Choose a topic below to see where the candidates stand on each issue.
Emil Altobello's Stance: The state economy is finally showing improvement. Job growth is continuing as shown by continuing increases in withholding (+5.6%) and the still declining unemployment rate.
Ernestine Holloway's Stance: I will work to promote small businesses, and create an environment to retain and bring business and jobs back to Connecticut.
Emil Altobello's Stance: Education is not an area that CT should ever shortchange. Our economy relies on our highly trained workforce.
Ernestine Holloway's Stance: All children should have an opportunity for a great education. Children are not meeting basic educational standards upon graduation.
Emil Altobello's Stance: Although the Budget Reserve Fund now contains a more robust $1.2 billion, Connecticut must continue to carefully rein in costs.
Ernestine Holloway's Stance: Against any and all state tax increases. Connecticut doesn’t have a revenue issue it’s got a spending issue.
Emil Altobello's Stance: I have long been a supporter of strong public safety. Public safety is a cornerstone of any democracy.
Ernestine Holloway's Stance:All children and students deserve to be safe. We need to take a look at what other people are doing in other states. We need a separate entity that is going to work with the schools in Connecticut. I believe in the right to bear arms.
Emil Altobello's Stance: Good transportation is vital to our job creation efforts. We must continue to maintain our roads and bridges and make improvements where necessary.
Ernestine Holloway's Stance: How about taking care of what we already got. Expand public buses. Nobody is going to want to move to the state without public buses. Put the transportation budget on hold until we get a balanced budget.
Emil Altobello's Stance: Clean air and pure water are both necessary to maintain life itself. Connecticut should continue to make improvements for ourselves and our future residents.
Ernestine Holloway's Stance: Wants to see changes in notification requirements at the state level when municipalities experience violations in drinking water.