ATTORNEY GENERAL CANDIDATES

The Attorney General serves as legal counsel to state agencies and represents the State in civil legal matters. View candidates for other offices here.

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Peter Goselin

Green Party
Campaign Website: www.facebook.com/Goselin4AG/
Occupation: Attorney
Previous Elected Offices: None

What is your education story?

I attended public schools in Groton and Montville, CT, and then UConn for 2.5 years. I left due to lack of funds. Ten years later I completed my BA trough Carter Oak College and attended UConn Law, where I graduated
with Honors.

If kids aren’t reading on grade level by third grade, research is clear that they’re less likely to graduate.
75% of third-graders in Bridgeport aren’t reading on grade level. What will you do to change this if elected?

Connecticut’s state Constitution includes the right to equal access to education. As Attorney General I would advocate for a state-based system of education funding that prioritizes resources for communities based on financial need and student performances.

Should Bridgeport receive increased education funding from the state? Why or why not?

Yes, as stated above, I believe our state Constitution’s guarantee of education as a right means the State of Connecticut is directly responsible for providing the resources necessary for school districts to meet the needs of their students.

Why do you believe Bridgeport residents should vote for you? 

As Attorney General I would enforce civil rights laws against local police departments to end racial profiling and violence and to de-militarize the police. I would advocate for state-based system of funding education that prioritize schools in areas of greatest financial and academic need. I would call for keeping federal immigration authorities, such as ICE, out of our schools and our courts, and defending our immigrant communities.


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SUE HATFIELD

Republican Party
Campaign Website: www.hatfield2018.com
Occupation: Assistant State’s Attorney, Connecticut Division of Criminal Justice
Previous Elected Offices: Plainfield Planning and Zoning Commission

What is your education story?

I’m a product of Connecticut public schools. My parents taught me to work hard in school, and thankfully that’s what I did, which led to me becoming a member of the National Honor Society at Griswold High School. After graduation, I was fortunate enough to receive a full basketball and academic scholarship at American International University, and then went on to receive degrees from Stetson University College of Law and the Georgetown University Law Center.

If kids aren’t reading on grade level by third grade, research is clear that they’re less likely to graduate.
75% of third-graders in Bridgeport aren’t reading on grade level. What will you do to change this if elected? 

As a product of Connecticut public schools, I’m a strong proponent of ensuring that all kids have the resources they need to compete for the jobs of tomorrow. As attorney general, I will use every tool and resource available to my office to help bolster reading levels in Bridgeport and elsewhere across the state. And, I’ll be a vocal advocate for policies and initiatives that prepare our kids for graduation and future success.

Should Bridgeport receive increased education funding from the state? Why or why not?

I believe that all kids should have access to a high-quality education, regardless of where they live. Unfortunately, many of our state’s policymakers haven’t proven that they are up to the task of tackling profound education issues, which includes finding a reasonable solution to our state’s broken school funding formula. It’s up to the legislative branch to tackle this issue, and I’m a proponent of any solution that helps Bridgeport and cities and towns statewide.

Why do you believe Bridgeport residents should vote for you? 

The leaders that we choose today will help decide the direction of Connecticut, and whether we have a school system and economy that works for everyone. Growing up, I had some exceptional role models, teachers, and coaches that gave me words of encouragement and motivation to succeed. That’s why I’m committed to fighting for everyone in Bridgeport and across the state as attorney general, and to making sure kids get the high-quality education they deserve.

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WILLIAM TONG

Democratic Party
Campaign website: www.williamtong.com
Occupation: Attorney and State Representative
Previous Elected Offices: State Representative, Chairman of the Judiciary Committee

What is your education story?

I owe my opportunity to run for Attorney General to great teachers, safe and well-resourced schools, and committed parents. When I first started school, my immigrant parents spoke very poor English and worked day and night, seven days a week. But committed teachers in a Connecticut public school helped me get a strong start so I could break barriers later in life as the first Asian American elected at the state level in Connecticut’s history.

If kids aren’t reading on grade level by third grade, research is clear that they’re less likely to graduate.
75% of third-graders in Bridgeport aren’t reading on grade level. What will you do to change this if elected? 

As Attorney General, I will use the AG’s “bully pulpit” to help the Bridgeport legislative delegation as they work to pass a state education funding strategy that prioritizes Bridgeport, with particular emphasis on universal pre-kindergarten and early childhood education. I will use my legislative experience to roll-up my sleeves and help legislators work through a policy and political problem that has created a funding system that fails to focus enough resources on cities like Bridgeport.

Should Bridgeport receive increased education funding from the state? Why or why not?

Yes, because cities like Bridgeport are the lifeblood and catalyst of the state’s economy and the long-term health and vitality of our communities. The only answer is to put Bridgeport’s kids on a strong foundation of early childhood education and a focus on capable reading and writing skills in the first few grades. This strategy requires resources, teachers and well-resourced classrooms, and creative and appealing programs to engage families and students.

Why do you believe Bridgeport residents should vote for you? 

Because I am the only candidate for Attorney General who has represented a large city like Bridgeport, and who has experience fighting hard for students and families in need, many of whom qualify for free and reduced lunch. Many students in my home city of Stamford’s come from immigrant families or communities of color, and I have worked side-side-side with Bridgeport’s legislative delegation to push for increased funding for cities like ours.


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