The League of Women Voters of Fairfield Voters Guide Prepared by guy25

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									              The League of Women Voters of Fairfield
                     2008 Voters Guide
                         Prepared As A Non-Partisan Public Service

The League of Women Voters of Fairfield submitted questions to candidates for State Senate,
State House of Representatives, and Registrar of Voters. Responses were limited to 80 words per
question. The League of Women Voters of Connecticut (LWVCT) submitted questions to
candidates for U.S. House of Representatives. Responses were limited to150 words per question.
All responses are printed, unedited, in this Voters Guide. The Guide includes all candidates
whose official filings were received by the Secretary of State’s office as of September 26, 2008.
Candidates are shown in the order in which they appear on the ballot. Pictures and biographical
data of the state candidates are available on the LWVCT website lwvct.org.


                 Vote Tuesday, November 4, 2008
                    Polls Open 6 a.m. - 8 p.m.
                                Have Identification Ready

     Candidates for President and Vice President
                                      Four Year Term
          John Mc Cain and Sarah Palin   Republican
          Barack Obama and Joseph Biden Democratic
          Ralph Nader and Matt Gonzalez Independent

     Candidates for United States Representative
                     District 4
            Christopher Shays          Republican
            Jim Himes Democratic, Working Families
            Richard Z. Duffee              Green
            Michael Anthony Carrano   Libertarian
Please go to the LWVCT 2008 Online Voters’ Guide to see the responses of the candidates
for U.S, Representative from the 4th Congressional District.
                      Candidates for State Senate
                                              and
                  State House of Representatives
Candidates were asked the following three questions by the League of Women Voters of
Fairfield. Responses were limited to 80 words for each question.
1. What special qualifications and experience will you bring to the office?
2. Affordable quality health care is not available to all residents in our state. How would
       you resolve this problem?
3. What legislation would you propose that would promote both alternative energy sources
       and energy conservation?

                           State Senate - 28th District
                                         Two Year Term
              John McKinney                                         Republican
              Martin A. Goldberg                                    Democratic

John McKinney (Republican)
1. What special qualifications and experience will you bring to the office?
        I was born and raised in Fairfield, where my wife and I live with our three children. I
bring to office 10 years in the State Senate and a lifetime of community involvement. As Senate
Minority Leader, I have delivered major school construction grants; funding for Fairfield
Museum and History Center, Operation Hope and improvements at Penfield Beach. I have led
historic initiatives to improve transportation, strengthen public safety, preserve open space, care
for the homeless, and protect our environment.

2. Affordable quality health care is not available to all residents in our state. How would you
resolve this problem?
        Everyone should have access to affordable, quality health care through the provider of
their choice. We must bring all parties to the table to work to reduce costs. I support Governor
Rell’s Charter Oak Plan, which offers any adult, regardless of income or pre-existing condition,
coverage for $75 to $250/month. I support premium rollbacks, enhanced benefits and increased
enrollment for children under HUSKY. We should invest in community health centers and
increase access to oral health and preventive disease screening.

3. What legislation would you propose that would promote both alternative energy sources and
energy conservation?
       Energy independence and environmental protection are two of my top priorities. My
record has earned endorsements from the League of Conservation Voters and Sierra Club. I will
work to expand existing programs I helped pass, including tax exemptions for fuel efficient
vehicles, energy star appliances and residential weatherization. We must increase credits for
geothermal and require more energy sold in state come from renewable sources. Electric
companies must provide smart metering and real time pricing to all customers.

Martin A. Goldberg (Democratic)
1. What special qualifications and experience will you bring to the office?
        I have over 25 years’ experience as a tax, business, and estate planning attorney. My
expertise is in helping families plan their businesses and personal finances for the greatest
possible after-tax economic growth. For the last eight years I have taught at the University of
New Haven College of Business. My knowledge of what is good for Connecticut businesses and
the economy is based on successful real-world experience, not political ideology.

2. Affordable quality health care is not available to all residents in our state. How would you
resolve this problem?
        I support legislation such as the bill that would have let towns, small businesses, and non-
profit organizations buy into the state health insurance pool. I oppose programs that purport to
provide health care but in fact do not provide adequate coverage, such as the Charter Oak plan. I
do not believe that our state's health care needs can be addressed by giving insurance companies
free reign, and by providing individuals with token tax incentives.

3. What legislation would you propose that would promote both alternative energy sources and
energy conservation?
       Legislation supporting alternative energy sources will help reduce the cost of such
energy, which would in turn promote the use of alternative energy sources. As to energy
conservation, I am on the Fairfield Affordable Housing Commission, where we are continually
looking for ways to enable individuals to live closer to work and town. This, plus a greater
commitment to public transportation, will reduce fuel consumption.


           Candidates for State House of Representatives
                                       Two Year Term
                                        District 132
              Ralph Bowley                                          Republican
              Thomas J. Drew                                        Democratic
                                        District 133
              Amanda Parks                                          Republican
              Kim Fawcett                                           Democratic
                                        District 134
              Tony Hwang                                            Republican
              Tom Christiano                                        Democratic

District 132
Ralph A. Bowley (Republican)
1. What special qualifications and experience will you bring to the office?
        This election is about the collapsing economy and high taxes. On these issues, my roles
as selectman and small business owner with real estate expertise and management abilities
qualify me for election to the General Assembly. I have the background to deal with the difficult
decisions before the General Assembly on reduction of the cost of government, smart spending
and tax reduction.

2. Affordable quality health care is not available to all residents in our state. How would you
resolve this problem?
       Statistics show that only 8% of Connecticut residents are uninsured. I would support the
Charter Oak Plan that was presented by Governor Rell and is aimed at this uninsured minority.
For $450 a year, the plan provides Connecticut residents with health benefits including regular
preventive physician visits and catastrophic health care, with pre-existing conditions acceptable.
Although this plan appears to need some adjustments, it seems to provide an affordable path to
insuring residents who are currently uninsured.

3. What legislation would you propose that would promote both alternative energy sources and
energy conservation?
        Activate the State Energy Office (which is currently a “paper” office). Reinstate expiring
tax incentives for alternate-fueled vehicles. Allow UI and NU to own electric plants to
substantially lower consumer electric costs. Require state contributions to the Connecticut Clean
Energy Fund. Exempt schools, sewage plants and municipal buildings from the financial
penalties tied to daytime operation since they do not have the luxury of choosing when to operate
(to save Fairfield 25% on total costs for electricity).

Thomas J. Drew (Democratic)
1. What special qualifications and experience will you bring to the office?
        I have been a very effective State Representative during my four years in office. My life
experience as a parent, attorney and CPA for over 20 years, mentor in Fairfield public schools,
member of community, religious and international organizations has given me a broad
perspective. I have a demonstrated record as a bipartisan leader, obtained a 42% increase in state
public education funding to Fairfield, achieved approval of new rail cars, business tax cuts, new
business incentives, among other achievements.

2. Affordable quality health care is not available to all residents in our state. How would you
resolve this problem?
        Employers, investors and consumers now understand we all pay, one way or the other,
for unnecessary catastrophic care rather than less expensive preventive care. I advocate common
sense over political ideology. I advocate strong prevention and public health initiatives
(including recognizing clean air and clean water as public health issues rather than political
issues) to reduce the 90% of healthcare costs resulting from chronic disease and diagnostic
testing. I support any reasonable proposal to expand affordable and accessible preventive
healthcare.
3. What legislation would you propose that would promote both alternative energy sources and
energy conservation?
         Let us together recognize alternative energy and conservation as matters of public health,
international peace and security and pro business and that a comprehensive federal policy is
thirty years overdue. I support the Bio-fuel Task Force I founded with Speaker Amann, expand
clean energy rebates to other renewables, California’s and New Jersey’s financial incentives for
efficient buildings and Smart Growth, efficient appliance and business property incentives as
exist in NY and CA, and expanded LEED public building efficiencies.

District 133

Amanda Parks (Republican)
1. What special qualifications and experience will you bring to the office?
        I am 4th generation Fairfielder who supports education as proven by my experience in
creating a successful school in Bridgeport and my time spent as a student teacher writing and
implementing children’s lesson plans. I believe that creating more expensive legislation without
creating NEW REVENUE STREAMS is irresponsible government. I’ve already taken a stand on
my principles by refusing to accept any part of the $5million in taxpayer dollars as allotted for
my campaign to use under recent legislation.

2. Affordable quality health care is not available to all residents in our state. How would you
resolve this problem?
        Connecticut needs to bring in the high-paying, high-tech jobs that will help our citizens
help themselves by providing decent wages and benefits as well as providing revenue to the
State’s budget that can be earmarked for expanding the Husky Healthcare Plan. Some region is
going to reap these benefits. Why not Connecticut with our desirable infrastructure and well
educated work force? This is the only responsible way to pay for the programs that the people of
CT desire.

3. What legislation would you propose that would promote both alternative energy sources and
energy conservation.
        Tax credits are the most effective way to attract new, “green technology” industry to CT.
The revenue for the future of manufacturing is going to come from the worldwide demand for
alternative energy products. I want Connecticut to be to Alternative Energy Production for the
next generation what Silicon Valley was to computers for the last generation. I will work hard
to make it clear to that industry that we want Connecticut to be the center of their universe.

Kim Fawcett (Democratic)
1. What special qualifications and experience will you bring to the office?
My husband Rick and I are proud to be raising our three children in Fairfield. Working here for
several years as a community advocate inspired me to run in 2006 to become your state
representative. As a member of the Transportation, Education, and Energy and Technology
Committees, I have seized every opportunity to shape policy on issues that matter most to you. I
have also successfully championed valuable projects for our police and fire departments, seniors,
schools, and arts programs.

2. Affordable quality health care is not available to all residents in our state. How would you
resolve this problem?
       In 2007, I was appointed to serve as Vice Chair of the Health Care Cost Containment
Committee. We passed legislation that would have allowed small businesses and local
governments to join the State Employee Benefit Plan, giving them unprecedented access to
excellent benefits at affordable rates. While the bill was ultimately vetoed by the governor, I will
continue to fight for health-care reform that provides all Connecticut residents with access to
affordable, quality health insurance.

3. What legislation would you propose that would promote both alternative energy sources and
energy conservation?
        As a member of the Energy and Technology Committee, I supported tax incentives to
promote both energy efficiency and clean energy. These include a permanent discontinuation of
the state sales tax on the purchase of Energy Star furnaces, CFLs, weatherization supplies and
high mpg vehicles. I also supported rebates on purchases of Energy Star appliances. And I will
continue to promote the growth of vital solar, wind, hydro and biodiesel fuel sources.


District 134

Tony Hwang (Republican)
1. What special qualifications and experience will you bring to the office?
        Only in America is my success story possible. I came to this country, unable to speak,
read or write English. Through hard work and dogged perseverance, I went to college, raised a
family and built a successful business. My experience as a small business owner, property
taxpayer, father of school aged children and elected RTM member make me highly capable of
tackling the most important issues facing our state. It’s time to take that experience and work
ethic to Hartford.

2. Affordable quality health care is not available to all residents in our state. How would you
resolve this problem?
        Develop a market-based healthcare approach which incorporates individual requirement.
Those that can afford health insurance are required to buy into the system. As more people buy
into the system (pooling) insurance premiums overall will be reduced, making cost of insurance
more affordable for middle and lower income residents. Instead of continuing to spend tax
dollars providing coverage to the uninsured when they go to the emergency room, money could
be redirected to assist low-income residents to purchase affordable healthcare coverage.

3. What legislation would you propose that would promote both alternative energy sources and
energy conservation?
       We must invest in research and development that is geared towards transitioning our
vehicles and infrastructure-based energy use away from petroleum-based fuels. Encourage R&D
with respect to wind, hydro, solar and geo-thermal. We should encourage residents and business
to purchase, through consumer and business tax credits, advanced alternative fueled vehicles and
invest in retrofitting and construction of buildings that are heated and cooled by alternative
energies. This will motivate us to develop alternative energy sources and enhance energy
conservation efforts.

Tom F. Christiano (Democratic)
1 What special qualifications and experience will you bring to the office?
       I am a competitive executive. I own two small businesses, a self-storage facility and a
construction management firm. I am married with two children. I face the same challenges as
the families and businesses I represent. My background allows me to strike a good balance in
producing results for my district.

2. Affordable quality health care is not available to all residents in our state. How would you
resolve this problem?
       I would re-introduce legislation that passed both houses of government, but was vetoed
by the Governor. This legislation allowed individuals, small businesses, large businesses and
municipalities to participate in the same health care program as State employees. This program
guaranteed access and competitive rates for all.

3. What legislation would you propose that would promote both alternative energy sources and
energy conservation?
        I would continue to invest in businesses that are developing fuel cell technology. Our
State can accomplish two goals at the same time. One, we can become a leader in the Nation in
fuel cells technology, thus creating high-paying jobs in Connecticut and secondly we would be
creating an alternative energy source that would reduce our dependence on fossil fuels for our
automobiles.

                      Candidates for Registrar of Voters
                                         Two Year Term
 The LWV of Fairfield asked the following question. Responses were limited to 80 words.
       What specific qualifications and experience will you bring to the office?

Roger V. Autuori (Republican)
What special qualifications and experience will you bring to the office?
The Registrars' position is non-contested, meaning each political party is assured of winning one
(of the two) four-year term, part-time position.
I have been associated with the Fairfield ROV since 1984, serving in various capacities as
Deputy Registrar, Chief Mechanic, moderator, clerical worker, the 1992, 2002 redistricting
implementation, and overseeing logistical operations involving cooperation with DPW and
Board of Education.
I have served as Registrar since November 2007. My goal is to restore credibility and certainty to
the voting process.

Jo-Ann M. McMaster (Democratic)
What special qualifications and experience will you bring to the office?
Currently am completing my 6th year as Democratic Registrar of Voters, During this time I have
overseen the transition to a state based voter registration system required under the Help America
Vote Act and have also overseen the conversion from a lever machine voting system to the
optical scan system including sponsoring workshops for both poll workers and the voting public.
Encouraged Fairfield State Legislators to initiate statewide voter registration legislation.
                      VOTER INFORMATION
                 Constitutional Convention Question
In November, voters will be asked, Shall there be a constitutional convention to
amend or revise the Constitution of the State? Here’s a quick primer on
constitutional conventions.

Why is this question on the ballot?

The Connecticut Constitution adopted in 1965 requires this question to be on the ballot every 20
years. The last time the question was on the ballot, voters said “no” to a constitutional
convention. Connecticut has had only three constitutional conventions—in 1818, 1902, and most
recently in 1965 when our constitution was given a full review.

What is a constitutional convention?

A constitutional convention is a meeting of a selected group of people to review a state’s
constitution for possible modifications or revisions. All issues are open for discussion. Proposals
receiving the approval of the delegates are submitted to the voters.

Can the Constitution be changed without a constitutional convention?

Yes, the legislature can approve amendments and submit them to the voters. This November,
voters are being asked to approve an amendment which would allow 17-year-olds who will be 18
at the time of an election to vote in a primary.

What are the supporters and opponents of a constitutional convention saying?

Supporters hope, through a convention, to enable direct initiative and referendum to become an
accepted way of making laws and amending Connecticut’s constitution.

Several organizations, such as those that oppose gay marriage or support caps on property taxes,
are working to convince voters to vote YES to holding a convention. They say that legislators do
not adequately express the will of their constituents and that people need a more direct role in
making laws.

Others will urge voters to say NO because the initiative and referendum process undermines the
role of elected legislators. They say the current legislative process, with its public hearings, its
televised sessions, and its system of checks-and-balances, works the way a representative
government should. They believe that it’s too easy for well-funded special interests to sway
public opinion on hot-button issues without presenting balanced viewpoints or analyzing the
long-term implications of proposals.
                               The Electoral College
What is it? When you cast your ballot for President, you are not actually voting for the
president, you are casting a ballot for a group of seven Electors who were chosen earlier by the
political party of the candidate for whom you vote. If your presidential candidate gets the
majority of votes in Connecticut, your seven Electors win and they will then go on to vote in
the Electoral College in Washington D.C. in December along with Electors from all the other
states. They are the ones who actually elect the president.
How does Connecticut’s Electoral College work? In Connecticut, each state party names
seven Electors at their state convention. Connecticut (and all the other states) are eligible for one
Elector per state party, times the total number of US senators and US representatives in that
state. Connecticut has two Senators and five US representatives, thus seven Electors per party.
Being chosen as an Elector is considered a reward for faithful party service. Whichever party
wins the direct popular vote for President and Vice-President in Connecticut will determine
which seven Electors, Republican or Democrat, will vote in the Electoral College in December.
Following the December vote by the college electors, the cast ballots are sent to Washington,
D.C., and the official results are announced at a joint meeting of the House of Representatives
and the Senate in January. In order to win the election, a Presidential or Vice-Presidential
candidate must receive a majority of the electoral votes, 270 out of a possible total of 538. If no
candidate wins an absolute majority of electoral votes, the House of Representatives picks the
President from the top three candidates with each state casting one vote. Similarly, the Vice-
President would be chosen by the Senate from the top two candidates with each Senator having
one vote. An absolute majority is necessary to win in both cases.
Do electors have to vote for the candidates for whom they have been chosen? With rare
exceptions, yes. It has basically been left up to the states or the state’s political parties to set the
rules. In one third of the states, including Connecticut, laws bind electors to vote for candidates
to whom they are pledged. Thus far, this has not been successfully challenged, although it
appears to contravene the wording and intent of the US Constitution, Article I, Section 2.
Most states follow the winner-take-all system, which means the candidate that wins the most
votes in a state gets all the electoral votes no matter how slim the margin of victory. Only Maine
and Nebraska use the district method of counting votes. Under this system, a presidential
candidate receives an electoral vote for every Congressional District carried within that state,
plus two more for the candidate receiving the largest number of popular votes in the state. It is
possible to win the popular vote and lose the electoral vote under both these systems.

Is it possible for a candidate to win the popular vote in the states and to lose the election in
the electoral college? The answer is yes - in 1888, Benjamin Harrison won the election even
though Grover Cleveland won the popular vote.
                       ID for Registration & Voting
ID Needed for Voter Registration
You are required to show identification when registering to vote in person. Acceptable
identification includes a Connecticut driver's license, a utility bill, or even a checkbook. Note:
You may register in person with your Registrar of Voters by the seventh day before an election.

ID Needed for Voting
You must either show identification or sign a one line affidavit at the polling place if you have
not provided proper identification when registering. A photo ID is not required. Acceptable
forms of ID at the polling place are:
     A Social Security card
     Any other preprinted form of identification that shows your name and address, name and
        signature, or name and photograph.
If you do not have identification, the affidavit form requires your name, residential address, date
of birth, and signature. The affidavit states, under penalty of false statement, that you are the one
whose name appears on the official checklist.

First time voters who registered to vote by mail and did not provide acceptable ID at registration
must show identification at the polls or with their absentee ballots. Acceptable forms of
identification include:
     a copy of a current and valid photo ID or
     a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or
        government document that shows your name and address.
If you are a first time voter, you will be required to present identification and may not use the
secretary of state's affidavit in lieu of acceptable ID.

                                 Provisional Voting
Provisional ballots are issued in the following situations:
     You claim to be an elector in a jurisdiction, but you are not on the official voter list
     The registrars determines that you cannot be restored or transferred from another polling
                place
     A polling district moderator decides that you may not vote in the primary or election
     You fail to provide appropriate ID
If you are requesting a provisional ballot, you should request it from your polling district in
which you reside. Registrars of voters will forthwith verify the information contained with each
provisional ballot to determine whether you are eligible to vote and note their decision on the
outer envelope containing the ballot. If they can determine that you should have been on the
official voting list and your vote is eligible, they will open and count the vote. Connecticut does
not offer a provisional ballot in elections where there is no federal office on the ballot.

                             WHERE TO VOTE . . .
Town of Fairfield Voting District Locations
District 1    Oldfield Senior Center          100 Mona Terrace
District 2    Saint Pius School               834 Brookside Drive
District 3    T. Dwight School                1600 Redding Rd
District 4    Osborn Hill School              760 Stillson Rd
District 5    McKinley School                 60 Thompson St
District 6    Fairfield Warde High School     755 Mellville Ave
District 7    North Stratfield School         190 Putting Green Rd
District 8    Holland Hill School             Jeniford Rd to 105 Meadowcroft Rd
District 9    Fairfield Ludlowe High School   785 Unquowa Rd
District 10   Roger Sherman School            250 Fern Street
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