TREASURER CANDIDATES

The Treasurer administers the State’s pension assets and investment funds. View candidates for other offices here.

 

THAD GRAY

Republican & Independent Party
Declined to Respond

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SHAWN WOODEN

Democratic & Working Families Party
Campaign Website: www.shawnwooden.com
Occupation: Attorney
Previous Elected Offices: Hartford City Council President

What is your education story?

I grew up in Hartford, participated in Project Concern, a de-segregation busing program, and attended Manchester Public Schools. I graduated from Manchester High School with honors. Then went on to earn a four-year academic scholarship to Trinity College in Hartford, where I now serve as a member of its Board of Trustees.

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? 

The job of Treasurer involves more than managing the State’s finances, and investing billions of dollars in pension funds. The job is also about empowering people, particularly young people, to take control of their financial destiny. As Treasurer, I believe that it is critical to arm our children with the tools they need to manage their own finances, to understand how to establish credit and to balance a budget.

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

A quality education for all of Connecticut’s children is perhaps our most important priorities. We need to make sure that cities like Bridgeport receive the resources necessary to properly educate our children. The current Educational Cost Sharing policy needs to be reevaluated to make certain that are most vulnerable communities are provided with the resources needed to properly educate our children.

Why do you believe Bridgeport residents should vote for you? 

I have a proven track record of fighting for Connecticut’s working families for the past twenty five years. As the former President of the Hartford City Council and Chairman of the Council’s budget and finance committee, I know how difficult it is to balance a budget in challenging times, with competing agendas, while maintaining a commitment to growth and opportunity that the people of Bridgeport and the State of Connecticut deserve and need. 


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