SECRETARY OF THE STATE CANDIDATES

The Secretary of the State administers Connecticut’s elections and approves business incorporations. View candidates for other offices here.

 
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Susan Chapmane

Republican and Independent Party
Declined to Respond

 
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Mike Derosa

Green Party
Declined to Respond

 

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Heather Gwynn

Libertarian Party
Campaign Website: None
Occupation: Lighting Designer, AV Technician
Previous Elected Offices: None

What is your education story?

I have an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences. I am A Certified Technology Specialist.

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? 

There are many veterans and retirees that would love to give back to the community. I would work with Rod Hanscomb on developing programs to tutor and mentor children.

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

We need to cut spending, before we can increase funding.

Why do you believe Bridgeport residents should vote for you? 

Voting for me, and other third parties is voting for change. The duopoly has not served us well in Connecticut and it is time for us to step out of our comfort zone if we want to see progress in this state.

 

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Denise Merrill

Democratic and Working Families Party
Campaign Website: www.denisemerrill2018.com
Occupation: Secretary of the State
Previous Elected Offices: State Representative, Majority Leader

What is your education story?

My political career started as I fought to get better education services for my son. I joined the PTO and worked hard to improve the curriculum for all of the students in Mansfield. My proudest piece of legislation that was adopted into law, was my initiative, to require that all students take one civics class while in High School. I am proud of my education record and have already received the endorsements of numerous groups.

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? 

While my office is limited as far as our access to changing education initiatives. I have always believed that if after evaluation, there is such a deficiency in literacy, then the proper resources should be applied to reduce said deficiency. There is no reason that due to where you live, your education should suffer.

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

When statistics such as the one mention above are cited, the state should see it as an emergency situation and assist in applying the proper resources to the district.

Why do you believe Bridgeport residents should vote for you? 

In my role as Secretary of the State I am standing up for the voters and residents of this state, as we face a President who wants to infringe on our voting rights and create a larger divide amongst our communities. There are efforts to remove voters from the rolls, especially in our cities. There is no greater thing that I can be doing right now, than fighting for our civil rights.


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