David Stavens, 57th House District

ELLINGTON-EAST WINDSOR, CT — The 2020 election is heating up in Connecticut and there are plenty of races with candidates eager to serve in elected office. Eyes are primarily focused on the presidential election, but every state representative and senate seat is up for grabs. All five of Connecticut’s congressional seats are up for grabs as well.

There are 151 seats in the state House of Representatives and 36 in the state Senate. Democrats currently hold majorities in both chambers with a 91 to 60 lead over Republicans in the House and a 22 to 14 lead in the Senate.

Patch asked candidates to answer questions about their campaigns and will be publishing candidate profiles as election day draws near.

David Stavens, an Ellington resident, is running for House of Representatives District 57.

Age: 57
Party affiliation: Republican
Family: Wife of 29 years and five children
Previous elected experience: Ellington Board of Selectman since 2015
Family members in government: No
Campaign website: www.stavensforrep.com

The single most pressing issue facing our state is _______, and this is what I intend to do about it.
Affordability! We cannot keep raising taxes and expect people to survive. We need to cut spending. The State of CT cannot continue going down this path.

What are the critical differences between you and the other candidates seeking this post?

What accomplishments in your past would you cite as evidence you can handle this job?

Do you believe Connecticut needs reform when it comes to electric utility oversight? What steps, if any should be taken?
Yes. Eversource should not be over charging delivery fees on residents’ bills. CT should re evaluate the Electric Tariffs & Rules that have been approved by PURA so that residents do not continue to be taken advantage of.

What steps should state government take to bolster economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic for local businesses?
More businesses should be allowed to reopen. Business owners that have been able to reopen have taken the time and effort to ensure safety to consumers per what CT has recommended. There has been success with those who have been able to come back; it’s time to allow more to reopen so people can get back to work and support their families.

List other issues that define your campaign platform:

What else would you like voters to know about yourself and your positions?

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This article originally appeared on the Ellington-Somers Patch

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