83rd District House Candidates

Catherine Abercrombie*

Party: Democratic
Age: 59
Occupation: Full-time legislator
Education: Some college
Platform: I believe going into the next legislative session I am the most qualified candidate to help Connecticut recover from the economic challenges we will face because of COVID. We have over $3 billion in our reserve fund. JOBS, JOBS, JOBS will be my top priority. Growing small businesses is how our economy grows. Common sense fiscal reforms I supported in 2017 have put Connecticut on a more stable fiscal path. We have to make college affordable.
Other: Has served seven terms in 83rd District. Co-chair of the legislature’s Human Services Committee. Board member of Beat the Street Community Center in Meriden, the Meriden-New Britain-Berlin YMCA, Child Guidance of Meriden, and the Berlin Education Council.
Contact info:abercrombieforstaterep@gmail.com 203-213-9191

Lou Arata

Party: Republican
Age: 63
Occupation: Retired
Education: Cornell University, B.S., School of Hotel Administration
Platform: Safety, both personal and property. Uphold rule of law and order. Fiscal restraint in government. Smaller government, less legislative influence in our daily lives. Elimination of cancel culture. Prioritize unity. Honor personal freedoms. Lower tax burden on individuals and businesses. Respect our environment. Emphasize gratitude. Assist those truly in need.
Other: Endorsed by CT Fraternal Order of Police. I support Ducks Unlimited and Meriden Rod & Gun Club. Endorsed by Berlin Mayor, Mark Kaczynski and State Sen. Joe Markley. I serve as vice chairman of the Meriden Republican Town Committee and as vice chairman of the Meriden Public Utilities Commission. Also endorsed as by Indepdent Party.
Contact info:LouArata.com & louarata83@gmail.com


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