CT state House 150th District race: Republican Ed Lopez vs. Democrat Stephen Meskers

CT state House 150th District race: Republican Ed Lopez vs. Democrat Stephen Meskers

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In the race for the state House 150th District, which includes part of Greenwich, Republican Ed Lopez is challenging incumbent Democrat Stephen Meskers.

Hometown:Greenwich

Education: University of Rhode Island, BA; Durham University, MA; American University in Cairo, Arabic Language Certifications

Previous political/civic experience: I have served three terms on the Greenwich Representative Town Meeting. 

Top two issues you want to address and what you would do about them:

(1) The economy: our bureaucracy has made it difficult for small businesses to flourish and larger companies to want to stay. Our taxes are too high, diminishing our tax base and unbridling our state government to raise taxes and spend in the spaces where we no longer have private sector resources. It's a self-perpetuating problem so long as we continue supporting the current majority in Hartford. Policies adversely affecting our public safety and property values and rights further diminish fiscal health. I want to reverse these trends by reinvigorating public safety, allowing municipalities to better plan their own communities, and supporting more tax cuts and spending reductions to stimulate growth and a more modern economy.

(2) Improving local control (e.g. more local control of planning and zoning and education). A lot of the issues afflicting our town stem from state policies and lack of transparency. 

Inflation and cost of living are top of mind for CT voters. What, specifically, do you see as the solution to these problems?   

We need to cut taxes and reduce spending — both which we can afford to do as a state. We need to reduce red tape and bureaucracy to cultivate small business growth and employment that is currently stifled by too much regulation. Emancipate municipalities to manage their own planning and development in order to adequately increase our housing supply: statewide policies and taxes that cripple locally managed development and property ownership drive up housing costs. 

What is your position on abortion and a woman’s right to choose? And what, if anything, should CT be being doing on the issue? 

We need to show compassion for those who face the difficult situations that enter into this issue area and space. We need to find common ground on both sides of this issue to move forward and make sure abortions are safe and that we do all we can to diminish the circumstances that lead to unwanted pregnancies. Our policy-making should be focused on these steps. 

State Rep. Stephen Meskers in Greenwich, Conn., on Wednesday July 20, 2022. 

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Stephen Meskers, Democrat

Hometown: Greenwich

Education: B.A. Economics/Spanish, MBA Finance 

Previous political/civic experience: 19 years RTM, 4 years as State Representative 

Top two issues you want to address and what you would do about them:

I want to stop the upward spiral in healthcare costs by working to improve that cost structure by reviewing the certificate of need and increasing the competition in pharmaceutical pricing. I want to reform the energy sector and increase oversight and reduce capital ineffective capital outlays to achieve a better balance between shareholders and ratepayers.  

Inflation and cost of living are top of mind for CT voters. What, specifically, do you see as the solution to these problems?

Reduce electric rates by moving environmental policy to the general fund; eliminate third party energy suppliers. We must move to import drugs from Canada. Inflation is a national issue. I can not move the supply chain issues. 

What is your position on abortion and a woman’s right to choose? And what, if anything, should CT be being doing on the issue?

No politician has a place in the room with a woman and her medical practitioner. I believe in a broader and better health care system, a more robust birth control and sex education program to reduce the incidence of abortion. This was settled law until recently.