Sunday, May 26, 2024


Steinberg, Walsh Square Off Wednesday at Library

State Rep. Jonathan Steinberg, the incumbent Democrat, and Republican challenger Catherine Walsh will square off in a debate Wednesday for the 136th Assembly District. Image
Republican challenger Cathy Walsh and incumbent Democrat Jonathan Steinberg traded high fives at last month’s shorefest dinner at Sherwood Island State Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

The Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce (WWCC) is sponoring the event at noon in the Westport Library’s McManus Room.

Both will field questions submitted from WWCC members and the public, according to WWCC Executive Director Matthew Mandell.

“This is a great opportunity for the business community and others to hear what their current and potential representatives have to say about the economy, jobs, transportation and taxation,” said Mandell.

“We are pleased to continue to offer diverse events and innovative ways to bring relevant and useful information to the town, the community and our members,” he added.

Longtime Westporter Alan Nevas, a retired U.S senior district judge, will serve as moderator. He is a former state representative who held this seat himself.

Walsh, current chairwoman of the Westport Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z), has criticized the “one-party rule in Hartford,” saying it has increased the deficit, imposed two massive tax increases “and have cut services to our most vulnerable citizens.”

“The result is Connecticut ranks last in the nation in fiscal health, and people and businesses are moving out,” she said.

“I will fight to balance the budget, reduce the heavy tax and regulatory burden on business, renegotiate excessive labor contracts, eliminate the estate tax and restore a common sense approach to governance.”

Steinberg, a three-term representative, has countered that Connecticut is at “a critical juncture in turning around the economy.”

“I’ve worked hard to partner with pro-business organizations like CBIA (Connecticut Business and Industry Association) to plan a path for sustained growth,” said Steinberg.

“I welcome the continuing dialogue on how we can enable businesses to prosper and grow, which is the key to adding good-paying jobs.”

According to Mandell, the event will be more as a forum than a traditional debate, with the moderator leading discussions between the candidates.

He said public and chamber members will have the opportunity to submit written questions prior to the debate, either by email or on site that day.

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