LIEUTENANT 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. The Lieutenant Governor is the second-highest elected official in the State, and is the President of the Senate. In the General Election, candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor are running together as a team. You’ll see both of their names appear together on a ballot, and you’ll vote for your choice of pairs. View candidates for other offices here.

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SUSAN BYSIEWICZ

Democratic and Working Families Party
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. 

 

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MONTE FRANK

Griebel Frank for CT Party
Campaign Website: www.ozforgovct.com
Occupation: Attorney at Pullman & Comley in Bridgeport, CT
Previous Elected Offices: Connecticut & New England Bar Association

What is your education story?

My mother came to the United States at age 17 after surviving the Holocaust. She and my dad worked hard to provide me with an education and I was fortunate to attend Cornell University and Cornell Law School. I moved to Connecticut to practice law in 1993. When my children were younger, I served two terms as president of a small school in Danbury. A quality education must be a pillar of every community.

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 Lt. Governor, our cities will be re-built from the ground up, which means focusing on education, jobs, housing affordability and health care. We have to do more to reduce the opportunity gap. This is not only our ethical and moral obligation, but it will provide dividends by creating opportunity, reducing the need for social services, providing skilled employees to the workplace, and expanding the intellectual capital and entrepreneurship that is vital to our economy.

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

Absolutely – see above.

Why do you believe Bridgeport residents should vote for you? 

To restore the right and need for Governmental “power” to rest with the people. I am running with Oz Griebel on an independent bi-partisan ticket designed to put parties and politics aside to find solutions. We believe that for too long state government in Hartford has been operating to preserve the two party system and keep career politicians in office instead of serving “We the People.”

 

JOE MARKLEY

Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor
Declined to Respond

 
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Jeffrey Thibeault

Libertarian Party
Declined to Respond


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