House: 39th District

CANDIDATES

Ernest Hewett, Democrat

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Occupation

Legislator / self employed

Town

New London

Incumbent

Yes

Contact

Phone: 860-460-9768

Email: Papariley@aol.com

Age (as of Nov. 4, 2014)

58

Family

Married 32 years to Patricia B Hewett Jasmine Ashley Hewett Holloman 29 years old graduate of st.Joseph college , school teacher Jessica Alexandria Hewett 24 years old , graduate of Johnson & whales university , bachelor degree in hotel management Fredrick Douglas Hewett 23 years old , graduating in 2015 with a bachelors degree in criminal justice.

Education

Graduated from west Brunswick high school In shallotte north Carolina.

Civic Involvement

Chairman of the town hill neighborhood association , master mason , 32 degree mason .

Elected/appointed offices held

New London city council , Deputy mayor , Mayor, Connecticut general assembly.

Other government service

None

What makes you the best candidate for this office?

Forty years ago I left my home town of cedar grove north Carolina on a grey hound bus with $150.00 in my pocket . I arrived here in the city of new London Connecticut , scared to death . But the one thing I had in my favor was that I was not afraid to work . The next day I went to electric boat to apply for a job as a welder . I got the position , but I had to be trained . To make a long story short , I was trained , passed the welding test and went on to work at electric boat for the next twenty years . In 1995 I was devastated when I was given a layoff slip . Married with three small children to feed , again I was afraid . After leaving Electric boat I started My own home improvement business out of the trunk of my car. Four years later I became the 115th mayor of the city of new London ct. The reason I am the best person for this position is because I never ever give up , life may knock me down sometimes , but I will not stay down for long . The reason I like representing the city of new London is because I am one of those people , and new London I will never give up on you, because I am you. That makes me the best candidate.

Estimates of the state's unfunded pension and benefit liability for retired teachers and state employees are in the tens of billions of dollars. Should the state continue offering a defined benefit pension plan or switch to some type of 401(k) defined contribution plan, which has become standard in the private sector? Please explain why you do or do not support such a change.

I think the state should continue offering pensions and defined benefit pension , the reason it is unfunded is because we don't put the dollars in the budget to fund it , instead of putting millions in programs that does not work , those dollars should be put into bringing down the unfunded pension and benefit liability .

If a bill came before the General Assembly to repeal or amend the gun control law passed last session after the school shootings in Newtown, would you vote to amend the law? If so, what would you want to change?

I would support a bill to amend the existing law to better address the gun violence in the inner cities , I don't think the law goes far enough to address those issues . Our young men and women in the inner cities are not being gunned down by an AK 47, it's hand guns. It's a sad day in America when you can get in you car and drive down to virginia and buy any kind of gun you want out of the trunk of someones car and be back in the state of Connecticut the next day without any background checks . I can never understand how anyone could not support background checks The existing law needs to address the issue of mental illness a lot more. There needs to be more language and money in the bill that would help a parent get through all the red tape getting help for a loved one with a mental illness. We passed landmark legislation in the state of Connecticut to address the tragedy in new town , although I think it was a good law , and I voted for it , but we need to do more . There is no such thing as a perfect law, there are effective laws. That's why you have amendments to correct the unintended consequences. So yes I would support amended the existing law to make a good law a better law.

Andrew Lockwood, Republican

Occupation

Disabled

Town

New London

Incumbent

No

Contact

Phone: 860-514-6064

Email: andylaw501@aol.com

Age (as of Nov. 4, 2014)

54

Family

Loreen Lockwood Andrew Lockwood Jr. Tiffany Lockwood 2 Grand Daughters

Education

Law School Graduate 2005

Civic Involvement

L.O.T. Group VFW CCDL

Elected/appointed offices held

None

Other government service

Government Affairs Commission for Reality

What makes you the best candidate for this office?

I feel I am the best candidate for this position because, I see job creation in our deep water port in New London. I see job creation in out tourism business in New London. I see job creation for Fort Trumbull with a hotel and water park outlet with outlet stores, movie theater, restaurants and cruise ships that will create substantial jobs and much needed tax revenue. I am a champion for small business and support a education system that supports that each child because every child learns at a different pace. I will fight outrageous tax increases for our community. When I go to Hartford, I will be fighting for the people of New London and will promote an ambassador program in the town hall meeting bi-monthly to address the concerns of the citizens of New London. I will be accessible to the public and appear where other politicians have not to ensure that the community voice will be heard and to ensure the best interest of the people. I will work to employ more police officers so our current police staff is not over burdened in New London. I want to make sure that the people in this are protected in the community and will not have to fear criminal offenders as well as the ones in power who swore to uphold the oath to protect and serve. Our veterans serve our country proudly and deserve our up-most respect from our elected officials. They should be the first to receive services if ever in a time of need. I will be an advocate for the senior community to help them stay in their homes longer until they decide to move out not by being forced into excessive taxing.

Estimates of the state's unfunded pension and benefit liability for retired teachers and state employees are in the tens of billions of dollars. Should the state continue offering a defined benefit pension plan or switch to some type of 401(k) defined contribution plan, which has become standard in the private sector? Please explain why you do or do not support such a change.

The current program we are obligated to cover the people that are currently owed their benefits. However going forward, for all new pension plans there must be a new program that will not over burden the state or the taxpayers. Whether that plan be in the form of an IRA or a new tiered system it must be a plan that does not put the state back into a deficit situation. This plan must be implemented on new employees going forward after a healthy legislative debate has taken place to find out the best solution that does not overburden taxpayers.

If a bill came before the General Assembly to repeal or amend the gun control law passed last session after the school shootings in Newtown, would you vote to amend the law? If so, what would you want to change?

I support the US Constitution fully as written and the Second Amendment for The Right to Bear Arms. I would repeal the current law. I believe that the legislators cannot take a knee jerk reaction to tragedies without fully investigating the impact, not only on the victims but the law abiding citizens. My family itself had a tragedy shortly after the Newtown incident. I feel that when there are crimes involving guns there needs to be stiffer penalties for the criminals that use the illegal guns towards innocent citizens. I feel those criminals should not receive early release or a light penalty for the crimes they are involved in. The problem with our system right now is there is not enough mental health facilities for early detection of mental disease or defect that can be properly analyzed. I do not believe that we should be penalizing legal gun owners with a felony for specific violations of an overreaching bill.

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Robert Wesley

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Incumbent Mark Nickerson, left, and petitioning candidate Wes Firmin during the East Lyme first selectman debate at East Lyme High School, Monday, Oct. 30, 2017.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

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