STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 128 CANDIDATES

Alongside State Senators, State Representatives pass state laws, establish a state budget, raise and lower taxes, and uphold or override the Governor’s vetoes. View candidates for other offices here.

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ETHAN BOOK

Republican Party
Campaign Website: www.ethanforbpt.com
Occupation: Owner/Operator of Limousine Service Business
Previous Elected Offices: Town of Fairfield Representative Town Meeting

What is your education story?

Graduated with honors - Frederick High School, Frederick, MD. 2.5 years in sciences at Houghton College, Houghton, NY - Dean’s List. BA In Business Administration at Azusa University, Asuza, CA - with honors. Masters of International Management at Thunderbird School of Global Management - with honors- student body president.

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? 

This is a complex question. Dealing with this would require changes in practices and attitudes regarding 1) parental involvement in school programs, 2) more after-school programs, 3) how government agencies and courts deal with domestic matters; present practices tend to weaken family structure, 4) imbalanced government responses against males for criminal issues, 5) the long-term process of the secularization of government (i.e., some people attempting to take God out of public schools).

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

Absolutely! Bridgeport should receive its fair share of state funding for education.

Why do you believe Bridgeport residents should vote for you? 

I’m thoughtful. I attempt to deal with causes of problems before jumping to politically convenient or popular solutions. This is better over the long view.

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Chris Rosario

Democratic Party
Campaign Website: www.facebook.com/RosarioForStateRep/
Occupation: Civilian Administrator at Shelton Police Department
Previous Elected Offices: None

What is your education story?

As someone who was born and raised in Bridgeport, educated by the Bridgeport education system with children who are in that system and I have seen the lack of children. From my time as a Harding President to this day theres been a cry for help, a mission of mine as an elected official is to make sure families like mine can have better educational opportunities.

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? 

To begin with we must make sure that Bridgeport students are receiving their fair share of educational funding. That funding has to be based on a formula that takes into consideration circumstances that Bridgeport students face such as: high poverty levels, ELL, and the high tax burden facing Bridgeport residents. In addition we need expand high quality educational options within Bridgeport giving more students an opportunity to succeed.

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

For decades Bridgeport has not been receiving adequate levels of educational funding from the state. This has been a significant factor in the decline of the quality and performance of our public schools. Since I’ve been in the state legislature Bridgeport has gotten increases in each budget year, but it cannot stop there. As the Chair of the Appropriations subcommittee on Education I will make equitable education funding the highest priority.

Why do you believe Bridgeport residents should vote for you? 

I was born and raised in this city, I am aware of all the challenges facing Bridgeport residents and have personally experienced many of them in my 39 years here. In my time as a legislator I have dedicated my self to help Bridgeport and communities like it.


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