CANDIDATE STATEMENT: 135th state House District: Record shows balanced approach

John Shaban

John Shaban

When first elected, I promised to use a pragmatic, balanced approach while vetting the issues that face Connecticut. My record shows that I have kept my word.

As your state representative, I supported statewide education reform, but worked to defeat measures that would have eroded local control of our schools.

I also worked closely with my three towns’ first selectmen (regardless of party) to promote local control of land use and town management. Their universal praise is a matter of record.

As an environmental lawyer and leader on the Environment Committee, I have supported bills that secure open space and remove phosphorus from groundwater, but opposed costly new government recapture programs when private sector solutions already exist.

Likewise, I opposed a laudable but legally flawed bill to label genetically-modified foods, but am now on the bipartisan panel to craft a sustainable bill.

As a member of the Judiciary Committee, I supported bipartisan measures to improve criminal ID reliability, but opposed early release of violent criminals. I also opposed laws that foster needless litigation, and coordinated the coalition that defeated a trial lawyers/majority bill that would have encouraged medical malpractice claims.

Finally, as a member of the Finance Committee, I have supported realistic pro-jobs initiatives, but opposed the current tax, borrow, and spend fiscal policies that continue to bleed the private sector, hurt job creation, and have kept our state near last in most national economic measures.

I promise to continue this balanced, common sense approach, and appreciate your trust and support.

The 135th House District includes Easton, Weston and part of Redding. Mr. Shaban, the incumbent, is running against Democrat Leon Karvelis.

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