Kenneth Gucker, a Danbury resident, is running for House of Representatives District 138.
Party affiliation: Democratic Party
Family: Gloria Boyd
Occupation: Auto Restoration, 34 years.
Previous elected experience: State Representative 138
Family members in government: No
Campaign website: Gucker2020
The single most pressing issue facing our state is _______, and this is what I intend to do about it.
Is how we recover from covid 19. How we help keep restaurants, and small businesses to survive as well as keep people in their homes. Lastly preserve and build our jobs here in the Danbury area.
What are the critical differences between you and the other candidates seeking this post?
As an old Eagle scout, I believe in helping others at all times. To do so, you have to be out in the community listening to all their needs and concerns. To do that you need to be present and make time, though it may take away from ones personal life and may interfere with ones daily job.
What accomplishments in your past would you cite as evidence you can handle this job?
It is evident by the many bills we passed to help our community. Bringing home more money than ever to our schools, help protect our environment with bills like the invasive species bill. I have helped people stave off foreclosure and have been accessible to all who need help. I have cosponsored more bills than I can list here dealing with all noted above as well as issues helping people with our healthcare system, prescription drug help for seniors to protecting our most venerable here at home.
Do you believe Connecticut needs reform when it comes to electric utility oversight? What steps, if any should be taken?
Yes and we took aim at this in special session with the take back the grid bill. It is time that Ct not be hit with these ridiculous delivery charges and get what we pay for. There is a problem when a corporate utility can make 9 billion and not provide the services they have been charging the people for for years.
What steps should state government take to bolster economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic for local businesses?
Real ppp reforms that small businesses can qualify for and more aid for our working families so they can use these local businesses. I find it troublesome that many large businesses took the money that was meant to keep people working and instead was used to buy back its own stock. More accountability needs to be had.
List other issues that define your campaign platform:
As noted above, being accessible to all people, showing up to all votes to ensure people have a voice. I am one of only 40% for the CT legislators who has a 100% voting record in both house votes and in committee votes. Helping people through some tough times and not letting politics get in the way. My record of working across party lines is well noted. Lastly, provide for our schools, protect our environment, and help all in need.
What else would you like voters to know about yourself and your positions?
I am always accessible and I can not help you if I do not know you need help. No matter your issue of party, etc, our job is to represent, and that is what I have always tried to do. I know times are tough, but is we all look out for each other, we will come out of this stronger than ever.