ENFIELD, 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.
Enfield resident Mary Ann Turner is running for election to the House of Representatives District 58.
Party affiliation: Republican
Family: Edward J. Turner – Husband and our lab, Buster Brown
Occupation: Business Owner – Projects Unlimited – 27 years
Previous elected experience: Enfield Constable, Republican Chairman, ZBA Secretary, Economic Development Commissioner, North Central Health District Board Member,
Family members in government: No
Campaign website: TurnerforEnfield.com
The single most pressing issue facing our state is _______, and this is what I intend to do about it.
An urgent issue facing the state is the budget. Mismanagement and the resulting massive debt problem has been an irresponsible “kick the can down the road” process for more than 40 years. Connecticut has one of the highest unfunded pension liabilities in the nation. The annual state contributions to fund state worker and teacher retirement could be about $12 billion annually, and the Yankee Institute says it is more like $50 billion. If that doesn’t scare Connecticut residents, retirees and businesses, it should.
Lawmakers over-promised and underfunded these pensions for years. We need more elected