ELECTION 2016: Vahey has more she wants to get done in office
Published 2:05 pm, Saturday, November 5, 2016
FAIRFIELD — She entered the political fray in 2005, and state Rep. Cristin McCarthy Vahey isn’t ready to quit yet. The Democrat is seeking her second term representing the 133rd District in the state General Assembly.
A social worker by trade, Vahey said she comes from a family with a long history of public service and was taught from an early age about the responsibility as citizens to care for the community and one another.
“I am running to continue to fight for economic development and job creation, champion excellence in our schools, push for revitalization of our transportation infrastructure,” she said, “and advocate for wise investments and fiscal responsibility.”
The state, she said, is at a critical juncture, and Vahey believes she is the candidate with the “skills, experience and tenacity” needed to keep families and individuals safe and healthy while meeting the needs of a diverse socioeconomic community.
“I have a track record of collaboration, working across the aisle and directly engaging with differing opinions in order to seek the best available solutions for our state.” Vahey said. “I was instrumental in saving the town $3.5 million in health insurance costs for the Board of Education, helped secure critical infrastructure grant funds, championed the LLC act, creating a simplified process for Connecticut business.”
Vahey said as a member of the state’s Commission on Economic Competitiveness she is “uniquely positioned to support statewide efforts to create jobs and bring businesses to our state.
“As a member of the state’s Commission on Economic Competitiveness, I am uniquely positioned to support statewide efforts to create jobs and bring businesses to our state.”
For Vahey, the top three issues facing residents are jobs and economic stability, strong schools and educational funding, tax receipts and the uncertainty regarding the future of the former General Electric corporate headuquarters.
“Balancing the budget requires long-term vision, not short-term Band-Aids.” Vahey said. “We must invest in education to grow a workforce that has the skills to meet the needs of the state’s future business and economic growth.” Investments are also needed in multimodal transportation, she said, to support a vibrant business climate, as well as technologies that reduce costs and carbon footprint.
All expenses should be scrutinized, and needs properly prioritized, Vahey said. “We must continue the work we started to create innovation places, CT 500 and update the LLC legislation to help grow and expand Connecticut businesses.”
Vahey said recent announcements by Sikorsky and Pratt Whitney on the addition of 8,000 jobs each “are a step in the right direction toward business expansion and job growth.”
As a member of the permanent Commission on Economic Competitiveness, Vahey said she joins business, labor and academic leaders in addressing the state’s business climate, economic growth and jobs. “Programs like the Entrepreneur’s Learner Permit program the Legislature passed last session, and others like it, will help to pave the way for new businesses,” Vahey said.
Endorsed by the Connecticut Business and Industry Association, Vahey said she will continue to “fight for business growth, jobs, local grants and funding for local projects.”