2nd Congressional District

REPLAY OF DEBATE

CANDIDATES

Dan Reale, Libertarian

Occupation

Freelance Writer/Paralegal

Town

Plainfield

Incumbent

No

Contact

Phone: 860-546-8997

Email: HQ@danrealeforcongress.com

Age (as of Nov. 4, 2014)

32

Family

Two Children, 4 and 6.

Education

H.H. Ellis Tech

Civic Involvement

Former Chair, LPCT Former Vice Chair, LPCT

Elected/appointed offices held

Justice of the Peace

Other government service

n/a

What makes you the best candidate for this office?

I (1) have a healthcare plan as a better alternative to Obamacare; (2) my campaign promises come under penalty of perjury [including a self imposed limit of three terms]; and (3) I am the only one who will propose mortgage and student loan legislation that, if implemented, will cost zero taxpayer dollars while making homes and college education more affordable while enabling true economic recovery. The incumbent is part of the problem. My other opponents do not understand the core problems or the solutions.

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.

n/a

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?

n/a

William Clyde, Green

Occupation

College Provost and Professor

Town

Madison

Incumbent

No

Contact

Phone: 203-804-1785

Email: Bill@ClydeForCongress.com

Age (as of Nov. 4, 2014)

58

Family

Married for almost 27 years, with five children ranging from 13 to 25 years old, Bill is committed to ensuring a better life for future generations--that is why he is an educator and that is why he is running for Congress. Their five children have all gone to Madison schools.

Education

Bill went to Edinburgh University in Scotland for his PhD in economics, wanting to really immerse himself in the international economics he was studying. He also holds a master's degree in chemistry from New York University, and a bachelor's degree in chemistry and economics from DePauw University.

Civic Involvement

Bill has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations, including a community health center and the Connecticut State Advisory Committee on Accreditation, which reviews proposals for all new academic programs in higher education in Connecticut. Bill has coached soccer, baseball and basketball, and he and his family go to St. Margaret's church in Madison, and visit patients at Madison House nursing home every Sunday after church.

Elected/appointed offices held

Bill is not a politician. He has never run for or held a position in government. He is a college professor and provost. Being an academic, Bill has a record of research, analysis, problem solving, and the sharing of ideas. He will bring all of these to his work in Washington. Being an administrator, he has a record of problem solving, consensus building, and culture change. Indeed, culture change is the hallmark of Bill's work as a college leader--and that, more than anything, is what we need in Washington. Though an academic for the past twenty four years, Bill does have corporate experience, having risen to bank vice president while in currency trading for six years. He understands the importance of small and large businesses to our economy and our nation.

Other government service

NA

What makes you the best candidate for this office?

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.

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?

Lori Hopkins-Cavanagh, Republican

Occupation

Small Business Owner

Town

New London

Incumbent

No

Contact

Phone: 860-822-5626

Email: lori@loriforcongress.com

Age (as of Nov. 4, 2014)

54

Family

As the mother of a melded, modern family, who is delighting in new additions, I am blessed to have a supportive and loving husband, Tim Cavanagh, who I met on Match.com when I was a single mom, raising my son William with the help of my mother, Mariella Paula (Ripesi) Hopkins - the strongest woman I have ever met. My mom is an Italian emigrant who survived Fascism, starvation and war and has given me a deep appreciation of the true meaning of liberty and freedom. I am deeply grateful for my awesome fifteen-year-old daughter, Sydney Bond Cavanagh, who I adopted; and, for my fourteen-year-old-son William Hopkins, who my husband adopted - in a dual adoption ceremony, which was the single most memorable day of my life. I am excited and proud to share in my step-son, Timothy Cavanagh's (Pharm.D. UCONN 2013) wedding October 11th to Army Doctor Jeffrey Teixteira who has promised me he will run for office after leaves the military. I am fortunate to be the daughter-in-law of Paul Cavanagh (love you poppy) of Waterford, who worked with my father, William 'Bud' Hopkins at Electric Boat (miss you dad). My father helped start the Young Democrats and Taxpayer Associations in New London. Paul's father was the first president of the first union at EB, called the Shipbuilders and Marine Engineers Union. He was a founding member of EB credit Union. I am eternally grateful to have Eleanor 'Daidy' Peterson and Jon Peterson of Waterford, in our lives, everyday for support and love and thankful, that my talented and creative step daughter, Jasmine Bond Cavanagh, has met a rock-steady, hard-working, 'conservative minded' young man in Texas, proving God answers prayers.

Education

I attended Saint Mary elementary school in New London and Saint Bernard High School in Montville. I received my undergrad from UCONN in History and Journalism in '83 and attended the University of New Haven for a Masters in Marketing, but left to start my first company, an advertising and public relations firm that I built to be one of the top ten in New England and that was hired by over 600 companies to help build their businesses.

Civic Involvement

I have been actively involved in civic activities since graduating from UCONN in 1983. Civic involvement has been an integral part of both my business career and personal life. I have served as a director on the boards of the Better Business Bureau, YWCA, Children's Museum of Southeastern Connecticut and New London Maritime Society, among others. I am most proud of my work as Vice President and Founding Board Member of New London Main Street Organization under the auspices of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. My civic involvement in urban renewal think tanks has been a tremendous learning and growth experience. My advertising and P.R. firm chose a different non-profit to work with, pro-bono, each year and produced marketing materials for those organizations. My work as a radio show producer on 94.9 FM WJJF to expose poor public policies and create dialogue on issues that are important to the preservation of our country and our liberties, in addition to running for US Congress, are my most recent civic activities. I ran for Mayor of New London as an independent candidate several years ago to present a ten point plan of solutions to help turn my hometown around and in protest of the Kelo v City of New London Supreme Court decision and the use of eminent domain for private gain that both Democrats and Republicans supported.

Elected/appointed offices held

My work has been in the private sector and non-profit realm. I entered politics to restore economic prosperity and rebuild opportunity that career politicians have failed to achieve.

Other government service

Director City Center Tax District - Member New London Harbor Commission

What makes you the best candidate for this office?

Joblessness, excessive taxation and regulation, as well as, the high cost of living, are the issues that matter most, here at home. Small businesses, the middle-class and the working-poor are hurting. Courtney supports the reckless progressive-liberal policies that have destroyed our economic ladders of success. My opponent is a rich politician with a war chest of special interest money. Meanwhile, everyday folks are struggling, losing their jobs, homes and healthcare. He voted for Obamacare and created a part-time workforce of underemployed people. He enjoys special healthcare privileges, while we have stopped going to the doctor because our deductibles are too high and wallets too empty. Courtney has been in office for eight years of economic decline. We saw record property foreclosures in 2013. He lost thousands of high paying Pfizer jobs and cut military spending, forcing the Navy to streamline the Sub Base. We lost five subs to Virginia and the future of the Base is in jeopardy. With or without Courtney, EB would have won the Navy contract for the extra sub. The credit goes to the highly skilled workers and management at EB, not a Congressional speechwriter. As your Congresswoman, I will develop shipbuilding, global exports, the I-395 corridor and finish Route 11. I will sponsor bills that unleash the job creating power of small businesses, reform oppressive taxation and repeal regressive regulations. While Courtney's been silent through every scandal, I will do double-duty to ensure our Veterans are getting the services they deserve and Lois Lerner gets the justice she deserves. Courtney gave us Common Core. I will empower parents with education choice. Courtney has a Freedom index of 18%. I will protect our Constitutional liberties 100%. Courtney's rubber stamp spending has driven up debt and unfunded liabilities. I promise to restore fiscal sanity. Thank you.

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 do not have to answer this.

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 do not have to answer this.

Joe Courtney, Democrat

Endorsed - View The Day Editorial Endorsement

Occupation

Member of Congress

Town

Vernon

Incumbent

Yes

Contact

Phone: 860-917-4330

Email: Info@JoeCourtney.com

Age (as of Nov. 4, 2014)

61

Family

Audrey Courtney, Wife Robert Courtney, Son Elizabeth Courtney, Daughter

Education

Undergraduate degree from Tufts University, JD from University of Connecticut Law School

Civic Involvement

Fmr. member of the Tolland County Chamber of Commerce, Fmr. member Hockanum Valley Community Council, Fmr. member Vernon Tri-Town Shelter Services, Fmr. member Connecticut Health Policy Project,

Elected/appointed offices held

Fmr. State Representative 56th Assembly District

Other government service

Fmr. Vernon town attorney Fmr. Assistant Public Defender

What makes you the best candidate for this office?

I am running for re-election because there is more work to be done together to grow our economy and strengthen our future. In a Congress that has been polarized and gridlocked, I have focused on building consensus to strengthen our economy, create good jobs, and grow the middle class. In my position on the House Armed Services Committee, I have worked with colleagues, Navy officials, and industry representatives to secure a bright future for Electric Boat and SUBASE New London, including a five-year contract to produce two Virginia Class submarines per year, and full funding to begin work to replace our aging SSBN fleet. These commitments show that the outlook for EB and its workers is strong, and will serve to boost the supply chain that includes more than 300 Connecticut businesses. From expanding access to advanced manufacturing courses at our community colleges to connecting Connecticut businesses with potential customers around the globe, I have sought to strengthen and promote our workforce to grow our economy. In order to maintain an educated workforce for the future, I led the successful fight in Congress to keep federal student loan interest rates from doubling last year to help ensure that college is affordable for tomorrow's leaders. Keeping faith with eastern Connecticut seniors is one of my top priorities as your Member of Congress. I strongly opposed efforts to change the cost of living calculation that would have reduced Social Security benefits, and worked to implement new policies that have helped prevent Medicare premiums from rising in recent years. I believe my record of results for the Second District earns your strongest consideration for me to serve another term as your Member of Congress.

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.

N/A

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?

N/A

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