STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 126 CANDIDATES

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Manuel Bataguas

Republican Party
Campaign Website: None
Occupation: Business Owner/Administrator, Multi-lingual Author
Previous Elected Offices: None

What is your education story?

Raised in an orphanage in Portugal. Sargent in Portuguese Army; High school for adults in Hartford, Conn; Assoc., Greater Hartford Community College. Bachelor, University of Hartford; Graduate and teacher at American Institute of banking; several graduate course at Pace University; Volunteer for USA citizenship 20 years.

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?

Communicate a great deal with school administrators and teachers and parents. Listen to their desires and establish realistic goals. Make the level of education the most important subject matter, in Bridgeport. 

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

Why not? Get the most we can get and take good responsible care. Optimize the administration of the funds.

Why do you believe Bridgeport residents should vote for you? 

I am a resident with a decent background, I have nothing to lose, and nobody to please. I will try to maximize the well being of the residents. Education, taxes, and security (crime), infrastructure. ALERT! And Ready to fight...fight!

 

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CHARLIE STALLWORTH

Democratic candidate for State Representative, 126th District (Bridgeport)
Campaign Website: None
Occupation: Senior Pastor
Previous elected offices: State Representative

What is your education story?

My education story is one of struggle, opportunity and remembrance. I attended elementary and high schools in the South that had a lot of love but not much academic rigor. Yet, developing a love for learning later in life caused me to pursue dreams that enabled me to earn three degrees. My task now is to remember those who are encountering academic and social struggles and help them achieve their academic and professional goals. 

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? 

I believe the approach to changing the reading trajectory of our children is to change our paradigm as politicians. We must recognize that as politicians we are experts in various areas. However, we are not all experts in education. Therefore, we must listen to our experts – administrators, teachers parents, and community organizations – then do our best to fund those areas that can ensure our young people know how to read early in their development. 

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

I believe, without doubt or reservation, Bridgeport should receive increased funding from the state, which would be fair and equitable. 

Why do you believe Bridgeport residents should vote for you? 

God has enabled me to serve people consistently for the past 38 years. I will always make sure the betterment of Bridgeport is foremost on my agenda, which includes education, youth violence prevention and creative funding for community projects. I am not serving for personal gain, pride or prestige. Rather, I am serving in a spirit expressed by my campaign’s re-election theme: “Putting People First.”


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