House: 43rd District

CANDIDATES

Diana Urban, Democrat

Occupation

Economic Consultant

Town

North Stonington

Incumbent

Yes

Contact

Phone: 860-287-2144

Email: DsJu22@gmail.com

Age (as of Nov. 4, 2014)

60

Family

Son, Lex Urban attorney

Education

BA Long Island University magna cum laude MS SUNY ay Stony Brook Urban and Policy Sciences PhD studies economics URI

Civic Involvement

Planning and Zoning 9 years Town of N Stonington City Year Parent Advisor HSUS legislative advisory committee National Caucus of Environmental Legislators Board of Directors

Elected/appointed offices held

NSPZC

Other government service

various working groups both state and national

What makes you the best candidate for this office?

I am currently unopposed but I believe that I truly reflect issues that are of concern to my district. As House Chair of the Children's Committee I have worked on issues of importance to children and families. Specifically mental health and School BAsed Health Centers, Concussion legislation to protect our student athletes,reorganizing the Department of Children and families and spearheading a web based Children's Report card that examines the $5.8 billion we spend on children and families and find the programs that are actually working, and bringing accountability to Government Specifically I worked on bringing accountability to the Amistad and get our small businesses paid!

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.

To continue on our present trajectory,, which is underfunding our pensions, can result in incredible growth in what we ultimately have to pay. As we go forward it is essential that we realize that our system needs to be sustainable. An unsustainable system does not help anyone. With that in mind, I would support a change in how we handle pensions with new hires

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 am a fervent supporter of the 2nd amendment. That being said, I believe that the restrictions that were contained in the bill passed after the tragedy at Sandy Hook do help protect our children and families. I realize that there are parts of the law that responsible gun owners are already doing and don't feel the need to have them in statute. What we have put in statute is directed at protecting people from gun owners who are less than responsible

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