On Election Day a review of our endorsements

It is Election Day and both nationally and in Connecticut it promises to be a significant one.

In Connecticut voters will choose a new governor and determine control of both its state Senate and House of Representatives. The Senate is split 18-18 between Democrats and Republicans, while Republicans would need a pickup of five seats to take control of the House.

Nationally, President Trump and the Republicans, pointing to a strong economy, tax cuts, and a closing argument centered on tough immigration policies, seek to regain control of the House and Senate. Democrats argue a change in Congress is needed as a check on presidential abuses.

In Connecticut the debate centers on the economy, tax policy, and how to bring fiscal stability to a state which, without a change in course, confronts projected deficits for years to come.

Over the past three weeks The Day Editorial Board has offered its endorsements in numerous races and weighed in on several ballot questions. The endorsements and the arguments presented to back them up are one more view for voters to consider, or disregard.

The board evaluates who is the best candidate, not necessarily the candidate whose positions best line up with our editorial stances. We act under the ideal that the best policy derives from good people strongly advocating for their positions, but with a willingness to consider the arguments of others and to compromise.

In state House and Senate races, seven endorsements went to Democrats and seven to Republicans.

A review of our endorsements:

In the race for governor our endorsement went to Ned Lamont; for U.S. Senate to U.S. Chris Murphy; and for Second District congressman, to Rep. Joe Courtney. All are Democrats.

State Senate

Our endorsement in the 18th Senatorial District went to incumbent Republican Sen. Heather Somers. The district encompasses Stonington, Groton, Griswold, North Stonington, Plainfield, Preston, Sterling, Stonington and Voluntown.

In the 19th District we awarded the endorsement to incumbent Democratic Sen. Cathy Osten. The district covers the communities of Columbia, Franklin, Hebron, Lebanon, Ledyard, Lisbon, Marlborough, and portions of Montville, Norwich and Sprague.

In the 20th we urged voters to return Republican Sen. Paul Formica to office. The district covers New London, Bozrah, East Lyme, parts of Montville, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, Salem and Waterford.

And in the 33rd District The Day endorsed Democrat Norm Needleman. The district encompasses Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, Essex, Haddam, Lyme, Old Saybrook, Portland and Westbrook.

State House of Representatives

In the 23rd House District, encompassing the communities of Old Lyme, Lyme, Old Saybrook and Westbrook, incumbent Republican Rep. Devin Carney earned the endorsement.

The endorsement in the 37th House District went to incumbent Rep. Holly Cheeseman, a Republican. The district covers East Lyme and Salem.

In the 38th District, encompassing Waterford and Montville, the endorsement went to Republican Rep. Kathleen McCarty.

In the 39th District of New London, incumbent Rep. Chris Soto is running unopposed.

In the 40th District, covering portions of Groton and Ledyard, Democratic Rep. Christine Conley received the endorsement.

Our endorsement in the 41st District went to Republican Kenneth Richards. The district encompasses parts of Groton and New London.

In the 42nd District Republican Rep. Mike France won the endorsement. The district includes Preston and portions of Montville and Ledyard.

In the 43rd District of Stonington and North Stonington Kate Rotella, a Democrat, received the endorsement.

Our 46th District endorsement went to state Rep. Emmett Riley, a Democrat. The district is located in Norwich.

In the 47th District, the largest geographically, with Canterbury, Chaplin, Franklin, Hampton, Scotland, Sprague and parts of Lisbon, Lebanon and Norwich, the endorsement went to Democrat Kate Donnelly.

Receiving the endorsement in the 139th District, covering Bozrah and portions of Montville and Norwich, went to veteran incumbent Democrat Rep. Kevin Ryan.

The Day Editorial Board urges a “yes” vote on Questions 1 and 2.

Question 1 would create a constitutional “lockbox” mandating that funds allocated for transportation needs, such as the gas tax and potentially from the reintroduction of tolls, could not be reauthorized by the legislature for any other purpose.

Question 2 would require a public hearing and majority approval by the legislature (in some cases two-thirds approval) before public land could be sold or otherwise transferred to another party.

Our editorial urged a “yes” vote on Question 3 in Norwich, which would authorize a $2.7 million bond issue to modernize the police radio system in that city.

Finally on Question 3 in Groton, authorizing a series of changes to the Town Charter, the editorial board is urging a “no” vote.

 

The Day editorial board meets regularly with political, business and community leaders and convenes weekly to formulate editorial viewpoints. It is composed of President and Publisher Pat Richardson, Editorial Page Editor Paul Choiniere, retired Day editor Lisa McGinley, Managing Editor Tim Cotter and Staff Writer Julia Bergman. However, only the publisher and editorial page editor are responsible for developing the editorial opinions. The board operates independently from the Day newsroom.

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