LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR CANDIDATES

The Lieutenant Governor is the second-highest elected official in the State, and is the President of the Senate. View candidates for other offices here.

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EVA BERMUDEZ

ZIMMERMAN

Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor
Campaign website: www.evaforct.com
Occupation: Child Care Director, SEIU CSEA Local 2001
Previous Elected Offices: Newtown Legislative Council

What is your education story?

I grew up in Hartford the child of two public school educators and from the time I started forming memories my
family and I fought for quality public education. Being a plaintiff in the Sheff vs. O’Neill case has focused me to
continue the fight for just education policies for my entire lifetime.

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?

We need smaller class sizes for more individualized attention. The ECS formula must be adjusted and the state
needs to contribute its full share to urban communities. Money may not be everything in education but it is a
huge factor both in staffing and infrastructure maintenance. We also must address income disparity if we hope to
fix education disparity. This cannot be an either or, it must be both.

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

Yes – cities such as Bridgeport who face a taxbase crisis due to excessive nontaxable property and the problem
of less land to develop to increase the tax base should not be punished as they are the cultural, healthcare, and
services hubs for the state.

Why do you believe Bridgeport residents should vote for you?

As a Hartford native who now lives 20 minutes down the road from Bridgeport, I understand the problems
Bridgeport faces, but also truly believe in the beauty of an urban center, not only for the city itself but the
surrounding towns. Healthcare and education are my passion and I promise I will never stop fighting for you. 

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SUSAN BYSIEWICZ

Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor
Campaign website: www.susanforct.com
Occupation: Lawyer and Businesswoman
Previous Elected Offices: State Representative, Secretary of the State

What is your education story?

I’m the proud product of Middletown public schools, and my kids are, too. Also, as secretary of the state, I visited
public high schools in Bridgeport – including Harding, Bassick, and Central – registering students to vote and
talking to them about their career interests. I firmly believe in our state, and that if we give all kids access to the
high-quality education they deserve, they’ll be well-positioned to win the competition for good-paying jobs and
careers.

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?

We need to make smart investments in early education programs. Research shows that kids who attend early
childhood programs end up starting grade school with higher reading scores, and that can have a powerful
impact on future success. That’s why I’m committing to programs that prevent kids from falling behind—universal
pre-k, afterschool programs, tutoring, and mentoring – as well as specialized programs that promote early
intervention for kids who have fallen back.

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

For too long, Bridgeport and other cities and towns across the state have been getting short-changed due to the
underfunding of schools. That’s unacceptable, and as lieutenant governor, I’ll fight to ensure Bridgeport schools
have the resources they deserve. Fully funding schools will help to prepare our kids for good-paying jobs and to
create the robust school-to-jobs pipeline that’s necessary for more companies to want to invest and hire people
in Connecticut.

Why do you believe Bridgeport residents should vote for you?

Our state is at a crossroads and the next lieutenant governor will help determine whether we have an economy
that works for everyone. As lieutenant governor, I will work to create and bring good-paying jobs to Connecticut,
improve our state’s infrastructure, ensure equal pay for equal work, and expand access to education. Together,
we can make sure that all of our kids and grandkids have access to high-quality education that prepares them
for good-paying jobs and productive careers. 

 

JOE MARKLEY

Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor
Declined to Respond

 
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JAYME STEVENSON

Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor
Declined to Respond

 

ERIN STEWART

Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor
Declined to Respond


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