STAMFORD, 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.
Connecticut Patch asked candidates to answer questions about their campaigns and will be publishing candidate profiles as election day draws near.
Caroline Simmons, a Stamford resident, is running for House of Representatives District 144.
Party affiliation: Democratic Party
Family: Husband: Art Linares (former State Senator from the 33rd District), Kids: Teddy (23 months) and Jack (6 weeks)
Occupation: State Representative (6 years), and Senior Specialist for Policy Innovation and Impact at Elevate: A Policy Lab to Elevate Mental Health and Disrupt Poverty, Yale School of Medicine
Previous elected experience: State Representative
Family members in government: Husband: Art Linares (former State Senator, 33rd District): Brother: Nick Simmons (Director of Special Projects in Governor Lamont’s Office); Father: Steve Simmons (Former Governor on the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, and Radio Free Asia )
Campaign website: www.carolinesimmons.org
The single most pressing issue facing our state is _______, and this is what I intend to do about it.
COVID-19. I will work tirelessly to help Connecticut overcome the health and economic challenges of COVID-19, by working to expand and enhance testing, access to PPE, expanding job training and employment opportunities, supporting our teachers, students and schools