Candidates prepare for Fairfield special election Tuesday
FAIRFIELD — At 6 a.m., voters will begin casting their ballots to fill the state representative seat left vacant by First Selectman Brenda Kupchick in the 132nd District.
The polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday. Democrat Jennifer Leeper and Republican Brian Farnen are vying for the seat.
According to Holly Lanese, the secretary in the registrar of voters office, there are 16,534 voters on the active rolls for Tuesday’s election. She said if someone shows up to vote and finds they are designated inactive, they can fill out paperwork to reactivate their voting status and will still be allowed to vote.
Lanese said within the active voter lists, there are 5,133 Democrats, 4,666 Republicans, 6,478 unaffiliated voters and 258 classified as other.
Farnen is a Representative Town Meeting member and general counsel and chief legal officer at the Connecticut Green Bank. Leeper is a member of the Board of Education and works as a policy and data analyst for the Connecticut Department of Education.
Both Farnen and Leeper said they will be voting in the morning at Roger Sherman Elementary School, then visiting different polling places to greet voters.
Leeper said she has a career in public policy. One lesson she has learned during that time, she said, is people agree on more issues than they realize, regardless of party.
“We often get bogged down by finger-pointing,” said Leeper, “when in truth our situation was created over decades by both parties.”
Leeper said voters want the economy to start progressing instead of regressing. She said one key component in doing that is to start investing in transportation infrastructure, which, if improved, would lead to more businesses and families moving to Connecticut.
According to Leeper, her background and analytical skills will allow her to look at policy and see if it is achieving the goals set out for it.
Farnen said he has a track record of being able to work across the party aisle in order to find compromise and get things done.
Farnen said as a national leader in clean energy, he has a history of bringing jobs to Connecticut. He said the state has a lot of positive attributes including one of the smartest work forces in the country. He said six years of small businesses and people moving out of the state has been a detriment to the well-being of Connecticut.