GOVERNOR CANDIDATES

The Governor leads the State’s executive branch, including all state agencies. They make executive orders, propose state budgets, and veto or sign bills into law. View candidates for other offices here.

 
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MARK BOUGHTON

Republican candidate for Governor
Declined to Respond

JOE GANIM

Democratic candidate for Governor
Campaign website: www.ganim2018.com
Occupation: Mayor, City of Bridgeport
Previous Elected Offices: Mayor, City of Bridgeport

What is your education story?

I was educated in Connecticut. I grew up in Bridgeport and Easton Connecticut and graduated from Notre Dame
Catholic High School in Bridgeport in 1976. I then attended the University of Connecticut, and then the University
of Bridgeport School of Law. Since then, my real education has come from the struggles of the hard working
people in the neighborhoods of Bridgeport who gave me the honor to serve as their Mayor.

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?

After we in Bridgeport and others sued the state, a judge agreed that how CT funds its public schools is irrational
and unconstitutional. Cities like Bridgeport are drastically underfunded by the state while more affluent towns
can afford to spend on state of the art facilities, great teachers and other staff to keep class sizes down. We
need to overhaul how we invest in public education and focus on the areas of greatest need first.

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

Of course. Bridgeport is the largest school district in CT with more than 23,000 students. Yet, we only get
enough state funding to spend barely $14,000 per pupil. We receive millions less for schools than our fellow
cities Hartford and New Haven receive from the state. Hence, those cities are able to spend close to $19,000
per student every year. Legislative decisions on school funding are often based on politics, not need. This must
change.

Why do you believe Bridgeport residents should vote for you?

I have fought to improve the quality of life for Bridgeport residents as Mayor for 14 years. Humbled with a second
chance, with a renewed commitment to integrity, we are now seeing success in Bridgeport! Over $1 Billion in
new investment bringing jobs, cutting edge renewable energy projects, and improving public safety with 100
new police officers. As Governor, I am the only person who will truly represent Bridgeport and look out for our
future.

 

TIM HERBST

 

Republican candidate for Governor
Declined to Respond

NED LAMONT

Democratic candidate for Governor
Campaign website: www.nedlamont.com
Occupation: Businessman and Entrepreneur
Previous Elected Offices: Greenwich Board of Selectmen, Board of Estimate & Taxation

What is your education story?

I believe that access to affordable, high-quality education must be a right for all, not just the privileged few.
As a volunteer teacher at Harding High in Bridgeport, I saw the impact that passionate, full-time teachers had
on students who I was fortunate to meet and mentor. As governor, I will fight to make sure our teachers are
supported and all students can access quality education; school funding should not be a political question.

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?

Third grade is when students go from learning to read to reading to learn. It’s vital they be proficient in reading
and mathematics and have strong executive function. I will:

  • Expand nurse-family partnerships, childcare, and early education programs; research shows $1 invested
  • in early education results in $15 of future benefits.
  • Boost students’ academic achievement by encouraging more diversity among teachers.
  • Reduce class sizes, student-to-counselor ratios; incorporate more social workers.
  • Continue reducing chronic absenteeism.

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

In the past 20 years, the Education Cost Sharing (ECS) formula has been fully funded only twice. Legislators in
Hartford continually tweak the formula to gain political favor instead of thinking about the needs of our children
or the needs of our schools. By implementing the education funding formula as it was written – based on need –
we can begin to address the disparities present in our educational system.

Why do you believe Bridgeport residents should vote for you?

Bridgeport needs a governor who understands that when Bridgeport and our cities thrive, Connecticut thrives.
Our cities will be our engines of our economic growth and job creation that will get our state moving again.
Bridgeport can and will be an economic engine for the region and the state because it is the gateway to Fairfield
County. 

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STEVE OBSITNIK

Republican candidate for Governor
Declined to Respond

 
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BOB STEFANOWSKI

Republican candidate for Governor
Declined to Respond

 

DAVID STEMERMAN

Republican candidate for Governor
Declined to Respond


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