Connecticut's economy is still spinning its wheels. Unemployment has hit 9 percent as the state continues to shed jobs, and fresh reports paint Connecticut as among the nations most hostile to business.

At the same time, the fiscal condition of the state itself is growing ever more sour.

It is clear something has to change in Hartford. But should it be attitudes or people --or both? Fairfield voters have tough choices to make when they cast ballots Tuesday for seats in the Connecticut legislature.

And in this opinion section, the candidates will get the last word on Friday.

The newspaper invited Democratic and Republican candidates to write op-ed pieces of up to 750 words stating their cases.

Among those who will make their cases are the candidates in a hotly contested race for the 133rd District House seat -- incumbent Democrat Kim Fawcett and Republican challenger Chris DeSanctis.

In the 132nd District, incumbent Republican Brenda Kupchick faces a tough challenge from Democratic school board member Sue Brand. Both will make their cases on Friday.

Also putting in the last word will be candidates for the 134th District seat -- Republican incumbent Tony Hwang and Democratic challenger Heather Dean, a veteran RTM member.