WALLINGFORD, CT — The 2020 election is heating up in Connecticut and there are plenty of races with candidates eager to serve in elected office. Eyes are primarily focused on the presidential election, but every state representative and senate seat is up for grabs. All five of Connecticut's congressional seats are up for grabs as well.
There are 151 seats in the state House of Representatives and 36 in the state Senate. Democrats currently hold majorities in both chambers with a 91 to 60 lead over Republicans in the House and a 22 to 14 lead in the Senate.
Connecticut Patch asked candidates to answer questions about their campaigns and will be publishing candidate profiles as election day draws near.
Weston Ulbrich, a Wallingford resident, is running for election to the House of Representatives District 85.
Party affiliation: Republican Party
Occupation: Communications and Real Estate
Previous elected experience: None
Campaign website: Ulbrich2020.com
The single most pressing issue facing our state is _______, and this is what I intend to do about it.
What are the critical differences between you and the other candidate seeking this post?
I will promote innovation, high-paying jobs, tax relief and fiscal responsibility, whereas my opponent will not.
What accomplishments in your past would you cite as evidence you can handle this job?
I have successfully represented two business organizations and various nonprofit organizations in Connecticut.
Do you believe Connecticut needs reform when it comes to electric utility oversight? What steps, if any should be taken?
Yes. The Legislature should overhaul PURA and revise deals with conglomerates like Eversource.
What steps should state government take to bolster economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic for local businesses?
We should make incorporating a business much easier in our state. We should give temporary tax breaks to small business and working families.
List other issues that define your campaign platform:
Reviving our business image, supporting first responders, local control of education and protecting the environment.
What else would you like voters to know about yourself and your positions?
I am John McCain fan.