85th District House Candidates

Mary Mushinsky (D)*

Party: Democratic.
Age: 66.
Residence: Wallingford.
Occupation: Legislator, 85th House District since 1981.
Education: Sacred Heart Academy. Southern Connecticut State University, B.A. in biology. Wesleyan University, M.A.L.S. in science. Alternate Route to Teacher Certification.
Platform: Incorporate efficiency recommendations into lean budgets, help our workforce adapt to economic change and earn better wages, support affordable health care, transportation and the state water plan.
Other: Endorsed by Working Families Party, Connecticut Education Association, AFL-CIO, League of Conservation Voters, Sierra Club, National Association of Social Workers. Serves on Environment; Finance, Revenue and Bonding; and Higher Education committees. Co-chair, Quinnipiac River Linear Trail Advisory Committee. Married to husband Martin J. Waters and has two adult sons.

Don Crouch(R)

Party: Republican.
Age: 44.
Residence: Wallingford.
Occupation: Owner of NFP Sports, a high school and youth sports fundraising small business.
Education: Lyman Hall High School, 1992. University of Connecticut, B.A. in political science, 1997.
Platform: Lower taxes, reduce state spending, opening Connecticut for jobs and economic growth.
Other: Cross-endorsed by the Independent Party. Involved with election campaigns since high school, volunteering for Mayor William W. Dickinson Jr.’s campaign. Campus and state chairman of UCONN College Republicans for two terms. Field director for Gary Franks, U.S. Senate campaign. Currently on Republican Town Committee, Wallingford Parks and Recreation Comission. Married to Simone Crouch, has 10-year-old stepdaughter, 1-year-old daughter.


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