NORWALK, Conn. -- The League of Women Voters of Norwalk sent out a brief questionnaire to all Norwalk candidates running in the Aug. 12 primary election.
The following are the responses of Republican candidate for state representative of the 142nd District, Emily Wilson.
Wilson is running against Fred Wilms. The 142nd District, which includes part of New Canaan, is vacant due to the retirement of current state Rep. Lawrence Cafero. Read Wilms' responses here on the Daily Voice.
Why did you decide to run for state representative, as opposed to some other office?
I am running for state representative because I want to work to return Connecticut to its great potential, a state where families can afford to live, businesses can grow, and people want to retire.
Considering your education, employment experience, political involvement, and personal attributes, what qualifications do you have to be a good state representative?
It is through my business and public service that I have developed the skills and experience essential to be a good state representative. As an attorney running my own practice, I advocate and problem-solve for my clients, both individuals and businesses. As president of the Norwalk Senior Center, I worked to make the most of the limited resources we had available. And, as a conservation commissioner and zoning commissioner for over seven years, I make decisions and enact regulations by listening to the needs of property owners and the concerns of the public.
If you are elected, what will be your three top priorities, and why?
Connecticut’s economy has been in trouble for a long time. The budget is out of balance, state spending is wasteful, and the cost of doing business is too high. We must reverse these economic trends. We must adopt an honest and balanced budget, streamline state spending to make the most of our resources, and lower the tax burden on people and businesses.
Fairfield County is home to two regional corridors of transportation, Metro-North and I-95, which are vital to the regional economy. As we have read over the last few weeks and months, our roads and rails are in dire need of maintenance and upgrades. We must invest in our infrastructure, which we can do by limiting state borrowing to projects that benefit the public.
The Education Cost Sharing program, a state grant, was meant to be used to ensure that students across the state had access to quality education. The grant process often results in an inequitable distribution of state funds, as we have experienced here in Norwalk. We must ensure that every city or town has the share of state funding for education that they need.