About Town

With Election Day 2020 on the horizon, all we hear about in news media is the national story.

But what about those who are in the Connecticut General Assembly? Are they running as well on Election Day November 3rd? You bet!

Saturday morning at 10:30a.m. the League of Women Voters of Weston is holding a debate for the 135th District – virtually!

A new concept for League, but one that suits the occasion in this difficult year. There will be a one-hour debate between Anne Hughes and John Shaban.

To register for audience participation click here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_H_d-2ZqwRXa9zfN4j8IdHw

Got questions? What’s on your mind? Remember, these questions should be answerable by both candidates. Send them along if you can when you “register.”

I have ten. They cover the gamut of topics. The CT League Moderator – Laura Smits, Vice-President for Voter Services, a former long-time Westonite and a favorite moderator for Speak Up - will preside. She’s is very much in charge.

My questions:

1. The 135th District encompasses three towns. Connecticut has 169 towns. Next Session how will you protect local control of education, zoning and other things?

2. What do you see as the most important thing for Weston to be watching for in the upcoming new Legislative Long Session?

3. Some commentary lumps your three towns together as “wealthy towns” and ignores how different they are from one another. How do you think the three towns in the 135th district differ? How are they the same?

4. Is regionalization always the best way to address challenges to government? If not, why not? Are there some functions that are good candidates for regionalization? Which ones might work in the 135th district?

5. The State of Connecticut faces many daunting tasks such as keeping the fiscal house in order, for one. What others do you recognize as perhaps next most important?

6. Will the legislature ever return to its old ways of handling public hearings, committee meetings and other of its roles? Should it?

7. Should the State of Connecticut take over local police functions? Could this be done via an Executive Order? If not, how would the Legislature be party to any such action?

8. Should the State of Connecticut redraw school boundaries? Considering that education already is under State control via its mention in the State Constitution up front, could something like this happen quickly?

9. The 135th district residents feel that the natural environment must be protected. There are various ways this might be fostered and enhanced. When making decisions in Hartford, will you place the environment first in your considerations?

10. What lessons has Connecticut learned, in your opinion, about anything, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic - thus far?

And on Sunday, at 4p.m. there will be a debate on “wither or whither” the nation. What about that contest for Congress? It will take place in the Westport Public Library – but attendance by the audience is virtual.

Moderated by Kay Maxwell it is sponsored by the Leagues of Women Voters from all the towns in the district with local LWV’s. This event for the public is from a distance - although the candidates and moderator will be in the Library!

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