HARTFORD – Election Day is soon approaching and candidates have less than a month to make an impression on voters before they cast their votes on Nov. 6.
Connecticut’s Democratic and Republican-endorsed gubernatorial candidates are both businessmen each with their own plans to strengthen the state.
Democrat Ned Lamont, a 64-year-old who resides in Greenwich, has said his goals are to develop more jobs and make an impact in economic growth. With his own five-step plan, Lamont is looking to cut taxes, increase job training, ensure a fair economy, invest in Connecticut’s strengths and spark an urban renaissance.
Lamont’s lieutenant governor running mate is former Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz. Bysiewicz, 57, of Middletown, said she supports small businesses, raising minimum wage and investing in Connecticut’s individuals, schools and infrastructure. The politician said she wants to work to secure equal pay for equal work.
The state’s Republican candidate is 56-year-old Bob Stefanowski, of Madison. Stefanowski’s plan to restructure Connecticut’s economy includes phasing out corporate income tax and business entity tax over two years, phasing out state income tax over eight years, getting rid of the gift and estate taxes, embracing zero-base budgeting to reduce spending and enacting a taxpayer bill of rights.
Stefanowski is running with state Sen. Joe Markley, R-Southington. Markley, 61, said he supports public safety and opposes the tax and fee hikes and the imposition of tolls on Connecticut motorists. He advocates for cuts in state spending and wants to end the early-release program for convicts.
In the Republican primary for lieutenant governor, Markley defeated Darien First Selectwoman Jayme Stevenson and New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart. Stewart was originally running for governor before changing races ahead of the GOP Convention.
Oz Griebel is an unaffiliated candidate in the race who has picked up some steam in recent polls. Griebel, 69, of Hartford, is a former banker and lawyer. Griebel, a Republican, is running with Democrat Monte Frank on a bipartisan ticket. The duo has said they want to frame state wide issues in a way that would unify the two sides. Part of Griebel’s plan is to execute a comprehensive transportation strategy, to support the LGBTQ community, to uphold a women’s right to choose, to reduce specific taxes that affect job growth, to invest in emerging energy technologies, and to support low cost, high quality health care among other state issues.
These are the three major candidates running for governor, but two others have qualified for the ballot. Libertarian Rod Hanscomb and Amigo Constitution Party candidate Mark Stewart Greenstein have both petitioned their way onto November’s ballot. Hanscomb is running with Jeffrey Thibeault and Greenstein is running with John Demitrus.
The voter registration deadline was Oct. 30 by mail and is Nov. 6 in person.
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Skyler Frazer contributed to this story.