CT Democratic candidates for governor speak out at forum


It’s another call to action by young people.

Young democrats at Trinity College put out the call for the Democrats running for governor to show up at school Saturday for a public forum. Most of them did.

The students wanted to connect the candidates to Connecticut voters.

“To come out here and tell us what they got,” said Alex Dahlem of the Trinity College Democrats.

Six of the eight candidates jumped at the chance to tell voters what needs to change to make Connecticut better.

“The budget bloat is symptomatic of corruption in a system where there are no checks and balances, you can’t get rid of bad state employees, or bad judges, we are ranked 48th in the country for good reason,” said gubernatorial candidate, Lee Whitnum.

“What the message has to be is we have to have leadership in this state that leads the state,” said candidate Guy Smith.  “We don’t have people that talk to each other. We must bring people together.”

There was also talk about taxes and tolls and improving infrastructure.

“I said I would support tolls,” said Joe Ganim, the mayor of Bridgeport who’s running for governor. “I think we need to recognize the infrastructure and the importance of it.” 

Electronic tolling — the money has to go to transportation,” said John Harris, former Consumer Protection Commissioner. “The constitutional lock box is key.”

The forum drew a crowd of about 50 people. 

“We need to work together — no matter who is in office,” said Jacey Wyatt. “And make everybody’s lives better.”

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