Submitted by Bill Finger
Kathleen Stowe is the clear choice for the 149th Assembly seat. Kathleen has a proven track record of both community service and professional success.
Regarding community service, Kathleen has been a Greenwich Parks and Recreation youth sports coach, board member of the Northeast Greenwich Association and since 2017 a member of the Greenwich Board of Education where she currently serves as vice-chair and chair of the BOE’s Budget Committee and its Policy and Governance Committee.
As for her professional success, since earning her degree in business from the University of Notre Dame Kathleen has established a successful career in the financial industry both in investment banking and private equity.
Kathleen is a fiscal and political moderate and can be effective in Hartford as a moderate with a voice in the state assembly’s majority.
As our representative Kathleen will fight to maintain fiscal responsibility through financial discipline. She has pledged to work to make sure the needed talent pool is available to attract businesses, and to remove the unnecessary hurdles that small business owners have told her are in the way.
To ensure Connecticut’s fiscal future Kathleen will be a vocal and effective advocate for the efficient use of our state’s resources to grow our economy and tax base, all while keeping our tax rates as low as possible.
Kathleen can be effective in Hartford as a moderate with a voice in the majority. As her record has shown, Kathleen recognizes and understands that education is the foundation of a strong community, as well as a healthy and robust economy. She remains committed to providing a top-quality education for all students. In order to accomplish this Kathleen understands firsthand the importance of properly funding our schools. This is in stark contrast with her opponent Kimberly Fiorello who as a member of the Greenwich RTM has regularly voted to deny or reduce funding for the Greenwich Public Schools.
Reproductive rights is an issue where Kathleen distinguishes herself from her opponent. At a recent Greenwich League of Women Voters debate, candidates were asked a question regarding women’s reproductive rights and a woman’s right to choose. Kathleen’s opponent Ms. Fiorello’s response
concluded with the statement, “The conversation on women’s reproductive rights, which is also about unwanted pregnancies, should include the men involved as well.” Kathleen’s response to the same question was again in stark contrast to her opponent. Kathleen concluded by saying, “A woman’s right to make her own decision is important to me.”
On an issue of significant importance to members of our community and the 149 th who live in northwest Greenwich, Kathleen supports the need to provide adequate fire protection and response times, and a fire station for northwest Greenwich. In contrast, her opponent has both opposed a resolution to merely evaluate a possible fire station in northwest Greenwich and voted in the RTM to cut funding to even undertake due diligence for such a station.
The question of which candidate is best to represent the 149th Assembly district in Hartford could not be more clear. Kathleen Stowe is the clear choice. Please join me in casting your vote for Kathleen Stowe.
Editor’s note: Letters to the Editor in support of local candidates in the Nov 3, 2020 election had a hard deadline of Oct 26, 2020 at noon.