Kevin C. Kelly Republican incumbent 21st District State Senator 1) What is the most pressing issue Connecticut is currently facing? What plans do you have to address this issue? Balance the state budget. The Governor and his majority Democrats increased taxes and cut services. We need balance to those failed policies that hurt hard-working, middle-class families and the economy. First, we need more jobs, not more government. We must support laws that keep and create jobs. Second, the state must spend only what it can afford and must live within its means, just like you. Finally, we need common-sense solutions focused on what’s important to families: our children and education, a clean environment, reliable and safe transportation, access to affordable health care, and support for our seniors and their caregivers. 2) Why do you feel you're the most qualified to be state senator for the 21st District? I am married with four children and grandfather to five. I am an employer of 5 and know how hard it is to create jobs in Connecticut. I am an elder law attorney who advocates for seniors and caregivers to enable aging in place. And, as State Senator I put our district first, most recently by keeping Sikorsky jobs in Stratford and as a leader in Aging and Insurance issues. As a father, husband, job creator and senior advocate, I experience the same struggles and frustrations that most families do, and will bring that experience to every vote I cast. 3) If re-elected, what would be your first action or plan that you would implement? Balance the state budget and get much-needed tax relief for middle-class families. Our state is in trouble. We’re losing jobs, racking up debt while taxes go higher and higher. What the Governor is doing isn’t working, and it’s time to put middle-class families first. I will continue to oppose Governor Malloy’s taxes, seek to reduce the tax burden on families and fight to reduce spending and shrink the size of government. With your vote, we’ll send a common-sense message that the taxing and spending must stop and together we’ll get our state working for you once again. Prez Palmer Democrat 21st State Senate candidate 1) What is the most pressing issue Connecticut is currently facing? What plans do you have to address this issue?A central concern of both the state of Connecticut and myself are both a balancing of the state budget and an establishment of a state fiscal priorities list with complimenting justifications for the ordered list of priorities. This list should be publicly posted for all constituents to be aware. Why can't we have such transparency in this era? Every dollar counts, therefore every expenditure should be justified. I plan to push for legislation for implementation of a state budget review and improvement process. Furthermore, I plan to serve on an exploratory committee to seek out alternative revenue streams the state can collect without increasing taxes on the middle-class and below. 2) Why do you feel you're the most qualified to be state senator for the 21st District? I believe I am most qualified to serve as State Senator for the 21st District because I have endured many of the same challenges that many of my constituents have experienced to include the concerns of the continuously increasing cost of living with decreasing opportunities for either stable employment or a suitable living wage. Since my transition from my tenure in the military to the civilian world I have continuously worked towards and focused on solutions for myself, my clients, family, friends, and associates. Serving as State Senator would enable me to continue to inspire, assist, and enable people towards a better life. This is what I am best at doing. 3) If elected, what would be your first action or plan that you would implement? If and once elected my first plan of action is to engage the balancing of the state educational budget and work towards increased transparency in these Board of Education budgets as these are issues of immense concern. We must insure that every student throughout our state has the opportunity for a quality education that will be the basis of how that student will thrive or survive for the rest of their life. Therefore, we must have fiscal transparency to insure that educational spending is both focused in the right areas and achieving proper results.