CONNECTICUT — 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.
Connecticut Patch asked candidates to answer questions about their campaigns and will be publishing candidate profiles as election day draws near.
Stephen Dincher, a Trumbull resident is running for the 22nd Senate district.
Party affiliation: Libertarian
Previous elected experience: None
Family members in government: No
The single most pressing issue facing our state is _______, and this is what I intend to do about it.
Financial sustainability. Connecticut is near bankruptcy and with the state’s draconian reaction to COVID-19, the state’s financial situation is far worse. The only real solutions are difficult and painful, but our representatives in the General Assembly must have the courage to make painful decisions to cut government spending and to reduce their own power by getting out of the way of economic growth by eliminating the barriers they themselves have placed in the way of entrepreneurship. I will introduce bills to eliminate those barriers and to remove burdensome regulations on businesses. I will vote for slashing state spending. Without significant cuts, Connecticut will remain noncompetitive, overtaxed, and continue full speed on the road to bankruptcy. Kicking the can down the road can no longer be the answer. We must renegotiate union contracts.
What are the critical differences between you and the other candidates seeking this post?
I’m not a politician and I’m not beholden to either major political party. I can make difficult decisions and vote to represent my constituents without caring what the top brass of the GOP or Democrat parties think.
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?
Connecticut needs significant reforms in its handling of electric utilities. The first step is to disallow monopolies. UI and Eversource have no competition. Monopolies are always bad and they are always a result of government privilege. There is a great economic myth that utilities must be monopolized. Nothing could be further from the truth. I will seek to move Connecticut’s electric utilities towards a competitive marketplace that will give the customers, not bureaucrats, the power.
What steps should state government take to bolster economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic for local businesses?
Cut spending, Cut Taxes, Cut Regulations.
In short: Get out of the way and let Connecticut’s industrious citizens do what they do best.
List other issues that define your campaign platform:
School choice – no longer should your address determine which school you are permitted to attend. This asinine approach to education results in wealth inequality and segregated communities. I will fight to protect the right of every parent or guardian to homeschool their children without interference from the state.
Gun rights – self-defense and the right to bear arms is a basic human right.
Electoral Reform – our electoral and political system is broken. The General Assembly does not represent most of the citizens of our state and the root of this problem is how we vote, how we draw legislative districts, and how we count those votes. I will introduce legislation to enhance and secure our democratic republican system, such as Ranked Choice Voting, independent redistricting systems for legislative districts, and bills to increase public transparency in our vote counting system.
What else would you like voters to know about yourself and your positions?
I am for maximum individual liberty. So long as your actions do not harm any person or their property, you should be free to live your life however you please, and live with the consequences without forcing others to bear those consequences with you.
The Government’s only job is to enforce legal contracts and provide a system of recourse for disputes. Anything beyond that is illegitimate and invalid.