BRISTOL – Republican Cara Pavalock-D’Amato has won another term representing the 77th House District.
Unofficial results show her with 4,649 votes to Democrat Kevin Fuller’s 4,129, for 53 percent of the total.
Pavalock-D’Amato was first elected to the General Assembly in 2014. She is a partner at The Law Offices of William J. Forbes in New Britain where she practices family, tax, bankruptcy and foreclosure law.
She has said one of her main goals in her next term will be welfare reform.
“This is the topic that people most frequently contact me about,” she has said. “They call me to inform me about the overwhelming amount of abuse they see daily. Sadly, I also get the calls from people whose funds are cut. For example, this past year many needy people had their food assistance cut to $16 a month, which is unacceptable.”
Pavalock-D’Amato said some of the biggest issues she sees the state facing are caring for the elderly, including meeting their transportation needs, and “prescription/healthcare coverage and affordable housing.”
“These problems will only grow if we don’t plan and budget ahead,” she said. “Programs such as the Medicare Savings Program for seniors are a priority for me. I want to make sure our tax dollars go to funding them instead of things like a $10 million toll study or $500,000 colored blocks for UConn.”
About her time so far in office, she said “I am very proud to have maintained Bristol’s education funding levels; passed legislation to protect the disabled, strengthen domestic violence laws, and provide funding for manufacturing job training programs like the Apprenticeship CT Initiative which supports workforce pipelines serving the needs of our manufacturers. I provide a voice for small business owners, the working class, women and mothers at the capitol and want to continue the fight to make Connecticut affordable for all of us.”
“One of my proudest moments was being one of 23 members who had the courage to vote against a ‘bipartisan’ budget that legislators were given only a few hours to read,” she added.
“It gave $5 million to bail out Hartford [this amount was increased to over $500 million by the governor], cut the Medicare Savings Plan (MSP) for seniors and raised teacher retirement contributions. I am grateful to have voted against a budget that I felt did not properly serve my district. I was also very proud to vote for the subsequent budget that reinstated funding for MSP,” she said.
Fuller, a former City Council member, is the owner of Dunphy’s Ice Cream on Stafford Avenue.
He had said the state budget was the biggest issue facing Connecticut. “Not one person can fix the problem but if we work together to find ways to curb spending and increase out tax base we can make small strides to close the gap.”
Fuller had pledged that he would work with both sides of the aisle in Hartford and also keep communicating with local elected officials to stay informed about the city’s needs, as well as focusing on funding work force training.
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