Election: The Weston Forum’s political endorsements

Signs touting both Democratic and Republican candidates for the upcoming election can be seen around Weston. — Gregory Menti photo

Signs touting both Democratic and Republican candidates for the upcoming election can be seen around Weston. — Gregory Menti photo

Weston voters will once again be asked to make many choices when they head to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 8. This year the contentious presidential election between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump has overshadowed local and federal contests — but those matter a lot, too. Our state representative and state senators are often the first governmental figures the public can approach with problems, so it’s important to have leaders who listen and take action. For the state Senate race, Weston is divided into two districts, the 26th and the 28th.

Registrars

Perhaps the least controversial race is the registrars of voters contest, but even that has a twist. Although voters are asked to vote for just one candidate, a Democrat and Republican will be elected if they receive at least one vote. Weston’s Republican registrar of voters, Theresa Brasco, has served Weston commendably and deserves to be re-elected. The Democratic registrar, Mike Zegers, who is replacing longtime registrar Laura Smits, also deserves to be elected.

However, there is a third candidate in the mix, Green Party candidate Stephen A. Miller. If Miller receives more votes than either the Republican or the Democrat, the town would then have three registrars. It is not necessary for the town to have a third registrar. Miller is a resident of Bridgeport. Stick with locals Brasco and Zegers.

State representative

With Weston’s current state representative, John Shaban, seeking a congressional seat, that means a new voice will be elected as state representative for the 135th District.

Easton First Selectman Adam Dunsby, the Republican candidate, is cross-endorsed by the Independent party.

Dunsby is serving his second term as Easton’s first selectman, and has considerable municipal and financial experience. That gives him an edge in Hartford. He’s been on the receiving end of state cuts to ECS (education cost sharing funds), so he knows firsthand how those cuts hurt our towns and schools.

Bonnie Troy of Weston is the Green Party candidate and is cross-endorsed by the Democratic Party.

An organic lawn care specialist, Troy also works for Viridian Energy, a Connecticut-based firm that offers renewable energy products and services. Speaking of energy, Troy has an abundance of it, a good quality for a political representative.

However, where she falls short is with in-depth knowledge of the issues. At The Forum’s editorial review board, she seemed confused by a number of the questions. She is also very vocal about her support for the legalization of marijuana, to the point of almost making her a one-note candidate. Let’s hope she isn’t. Because if she’s not successful in this election, Troy’s passion and dedication would serve the town of Weston well in another capacity.

But in this election, Dunsby deserves the seat.

State senator, 26th District

Republican incumbent Toni Boucher is a hard-working, relentless advocate who has represented the 26th District since 2008 on issues ranging from education to train service. She is a “hands-on” legislator who listens and makes great efforts to faithfully represent the needs and desires of her constituents. Her experience includes such leadership roles as chief deputy minority leader in the state Senate and ranking member of the General Assembly’s Transportation Committee, Education Committee and Judiciary Committee.

Democrat Carolanne Curry, who faced Boucher in the last election, has a considerable amount of municipal experience to her credit and through the debate process has proven she has her finger on the pulse of important issues. But you can’t knock Boucher’s accessibility and experience. Boucher is in Weston on a regular basis and is a leader on state committees where she can make a difference. Boucher is the right choice for the 26th District.

State senator, 28th District

Two Fairfield men are duking it out in the race for the 28th District. Phil Dwyer, the Democratic contender, is chairman of the Fairfield Board of Education. He retired in 2010 as president and CEO of the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA, so he knows his way around schools and business. At the editorial review board he was methodical and savvy and showed a keen understanding of the ins and outs of Hartford, which isn’t always a pleasant place to be.

But unfortunately, he’s running against Tony Hwang, the Republican incumbent. Hwang is a top legislator, who works cooperatively in a bipartisan, moderate style for the good of his constituents. Hwang is concerned with the environment, so it comes as no surprise that he earned a perfect scorecard from the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters. He also worked successfully with Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy Jr. to pass the Blue Plan (Public Act 15-66), which ensures that Connecticut has a coordinated strategy for future use of Long Island Sound.

Hwang is readily accessible, makes frequent visits to Weston, and was recently named Legislator of the Year by the Connecticut chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). Hwang deserves another term in office.

U.S. representative

Republican John Shaban of Redding has decided to vacate his state representative seat to run for Congress against Democratic incumbent Jim Himes.

Himes is seeking a fourth term in office and has a track record of voting his conscience and working across party lines. He has actively worked on gun control legislation — keeping in step with his constituents in the 4th Congressional District.

Shaban has run a low-key campaign and in a recent debate has shown he agrees with Himes more than he disagrees with him.

While Shaban served Weston well as a state representative, he hasn’t given voters enough reasons to oust Himes from his seat. Himes deserves re-election.

U.S. senator

Republican Dan Carter of Bethel, who has served in the Connecticut House of Representatives since 2010, is challenging Democratic incumbent Richard Blumenthal, the state’s former attorney general, for senator.

The two candidates are on opposite ends of the political spectrum. In their only debate, held this past Sunday, Blumenthal criticized Carter for voting against a gun control package in 2013 that was proposed in response to the Sandy Hook school massacre.

Carter in turn criticized Blumenthal for his support of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

As in the congressional race, the challenger hasn’t given voters enough reasons to oust Blumenthal from his seat. Blumenthal continues to be one of the most popular and well-liked politicians in the state, known for listening to constituents and taking action on their behalf. He deserves another term in office.

President

An effective leader of the United States has to be deliberate, intelligent, competent, qualified, and resilient. The choice for president of the United States is clear. Democrat Hillary Clinton is the right person for the job.

Republican Donald Trump has made a mockery of the presidential campaign, at times gleefully and painfully. From the day he declared his candidacy through the final presidential debate (and Al Smith dinner replete with derogatory insults), he has shown he lacks the temperament, judgment and maturity America needs from its president. He’s even gone so far as to attack the election process, the very foundation of our democracy.

Our country deserves more than a man who is totally unqualified and unfit for the presidency.

On Nov. 8, vote for Hillary Clinton.

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