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Vallorie Clark

Republican Party
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Steve Strafstrom

Democratic Party
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Occupation: Attorney
Previous Elected Offices: State Representative; Bridgeport City Council

What is your education story?

Primarily a product of Connecticut public education (although I did finish the last two year of high school in North Carolina). Bachelors of Arts in Politics and Philosophy from Fairfield University; Juris Doctorate from the Saint Louis University School of Law.

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?

Children need access to early childhood education and reading instruction. I will continue to support and advocate for programs such as Smart Start that provide cities like the Bridgeport with additional resources to expand public school preschool offerings. 

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

Yes. We have worked to put in place a new education cost sharing formula that will gradually increase funding to Bridgeport but there is still more work to be done to ensure our schools have the resources they need to excel.

Why do you believe Bridgeport residents should vote for you? 

A proven track record of achieving results on the issues that matter most for Bridgeport, with more still to accomplish. For example, I am working on an innovative plan to rebuild Bassick High School with a new focus on an advanced manufacturing curriculum. The Bassick project is a real opportunity for our student to fill some of the thousands of available advanced manufacturing jobs in our state.

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