Caroline Simmons: Why I am running for re-election
Editor’s note: Caroline Simmons is the Democratic incumbent candidate for state representative in District 144. An op-ed from her Republican opponent, Steve Kolenberg, was published in Sunday’s Advocate.
It has been a tremendous honor to serve my constituents in Stamford over the past two years and I humbly ask for your vote for a second term. When I first ran in 2014, I pledged to focus on five priorities: schools, small businesses, safety, seniors, and fiscal responsibility/bipartisanship.
In my first term, I made progress on each of these. I helped secure more than $65 million in funding for our schools, including $60 million for the new magnet school on Strawberry Hill. I introduced and co-sponsored two bills that passed that reduce fees and regulations on small businesses. I prioritized public safety and helped pass bills on gun safety and pedestrian safety. I fought for lower property taxes and lower and more transparent electric bill rates for seniors. I reached across party lines and introduced or co-sponsored 53 bi-partisan bills, including six bills to lower taxes on our hospitals, businesses, and residents.
While we have made progress, I am not satisfied because there is so much more work to do to improve this state that I love. If re-elected, I will continue to work hard to support Stamford schools, small businesses, safety, and seniors as well as to make Stamford more affordable, to fix our roads, to support business growth and job creation, and to get our fiscal house in order. We have many challenges and instead of attacking each other, we need to attack the problems facing our state. Most importantly, I will work tirelessly to listen and respond to your concerns and together we will improve our wonderful community and state.