STATE SENATE, DISTRICT 22 CANDIDATES

State Senators 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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Rich Deecken

Republican & Independent Party
Campaign Website: www.richdeecken.com
Occupation: History Teacher, Bassick High School
Previous Elected Offices: Planning & Zoning Commissioner, Town of Trumbull

What is your education story?

I am a product of the Trumbull public school system, and graduated Trumbull High in 2004. I went on to attend Sacred Heart University, where I earned a Bachelor’s in Political Science and a Master’s in Secondary Education.

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? 

By holding schools accountable, and targeting funds to those most in need, while meeting strict, detailed standards of excellence, we can ensure all Bridgeport children maximize their potential.

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

Yes, Bridgeport should be proactive in pursuing competitive state grants to obtain additional funding in a responsible and effective manner.

Why do you believe Bridgeport residents should vote for you? 

As a Bassick High School teacher, I know the challenges Bridgeport students face on a daily basis. I will be the most aggressive in pursuing education funding for the state.

 

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Marilyn Moore

Democratic & Working Families Party
Campaign Website: www.mooreforsenate2018.com
Occupation: Founder CEO Breast Cancer Non-Profit
Previous Elected Offices: Senate 2014-2018


What is your education story?

I attended public schools in Bridgeport, Housatonic Community College and the University of Bridgeport. I value the commitment of teachers, the Board of Education, and collective impact on education.

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? 

In the 2018 session, I supported several bills that addressed literacy. HB5335 “An act concerning the alignment of the coordinated statewide reading plan with the State’s Two-Generational Initiative requires the SDE to include a reading plan and supports systems around the statewide reading plan for students in kindergarten to grade three.

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

The Education Sharing Formula has been used to award funding is fractured and has been manipulated in a manner that does not gives cities who need the funding their fair share. Bridgeport, and other cities that have been underfunded should receive adequate funding according to their needs.

Why do you believe Bridgeport residents should vote for you? 

I promised my constituents that I would fight for equity and equality. I kept my word through legislation and protecting funding for families. I bring a voice of maturity and understanding to serve diverse communities. As Chair of Human Services and Children’s Committees, I successfully secured funding for programs that were in jeopardy of being cut that would have negative impact. I’ve made myself available to the community through listening sessions to hear their concerns.


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