85th District House Candidates
Occupation: Legislator and executive director, River Advocates
Education: Sacred Heart Academy; S.C.S.U., B.A. biology, Wesleyan University, M.A.L.S. science
Platform: Sacred Heart Academy; S.C.S.U., B.A. biology, Wesleyan University, M.A.L.S. science
Other: Endorsed by the Working Families Party. State Rep. 1981-present; Deputy Speaker. Member of Environment, Finance, Revenue and Bonding, Higher Education and Employment Enhancement committees. Co-chair, Quinnipiac River Linear Trail Advisory Committee; Board member, Coalition for a Better Wallingford. Served on Wallingford Energy Conservation Commission. Married to Martin J. Waters with two adult sons.
Occupation: Communications at Ulbrich Steel, Realtor at RE/MAX Right Choice
Education: Bachelor’s in Political Science, Rollins College
Platform: Make our state more affordable for families and businesses. Recover our economy in the wake of coronavirus and prepare for fiscal challenges in the years ahead. Repair Connecticut’s image as a tough place to do business so we can grow our economy, pay off debt and finally reduce taxes. Reduce state spending. Increase fines for financial crimes. Promote state as a hub of innovation. No tolls, protect environment, support police and first responders while promoting equality for all.
Other: Board of Directors of Columbus House, which operates the Wallingford Emergency Shelter. Great-grandfather Fred Ulbrich Sr. founded Ulbrich Streel in 1924.
Where they stand
Choose a topic below to see where the candidates stand on each issue.
Ulbrich's Stance:As State Representative, I will seek the advice of Wallingford parents, the Board of Education, the Superintendent, principals, teachers and staff to stand up for our town’s needs at the state level. Listening to users and experts in our education system is important because they know what special projects will create meaningful learning experiences. They also know how fast education technology is changing, especially with virtual learning now in place.
Education is a main factor as far as our town’s desirability is concerned so funding is a must. At the same time, we have to be careful not to overspend at the state level. Currently, Wallingford spends more than $100 million on education. As for the state, education cost sharing should also reflect a fair ratio for Wallingford students compared to other towns of our size. Nobody will shortchange Wallingford students on my watch. As a side note, artistic pursuits, music and sports are personally important to me.
I am also strong advocate for local control of schools so Wallingford can keep its world-class public school system in perpetuity. Lastly, to keep talent here in Connecticut, I would support more STEM and career-focused programs like Junior Achievement that inform students of amazing trades and professions right here in our state.