The 2018 election to select our representatives for Connecticut’s state and federal legislative offices will be one of the most important in our lifetimes. Critical issues are on the line this November as we go to the polls to elect the candidates for roles that include our Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Comptroller, Treasurer, all 151 State House of Representatives, as well as the five U.S. House of Representatives, all 36 State Senators and one U.S. Senator, and more.
The votes of Connecticut’s residents will decide whether our elected officials get to work or take a path that puts the immediate stability and future of our state at risk. It is going to take the energy, focus and contributions of all of Connecticut’s eligible voters to ensure the candidates discuss the important issues and hold them accountable when elected. Elections grant us the right to help establish a climate of opinion that we, the people, want our country to hold and be guided by. Make a pledge to vote (link for Spanish is www.aarp.org/vota and English is www.aarp.org/vote) in November.
Connecticut has the 18th largest Latino and Hispanic population in the United States and we have the 15th largest Latino statewide eligible voter population, according to Pew Research Center. It is vital that the successes, concerns and struggles of the state’s Latino and Hispanic residents are addressed in this process.
There are a wide variety of important state issues candidates need to address, including:
- Implementing the Connecticut Retirement Security Program to ensure a more secure financial future for our 600,000 employees without a workplace savings option;
- Protecting the interests of residential consumers in a constantly evolving energy industry;
- Maintaining the funding of vital services our 459,000 family caregivers depend on, as well as the proposal for a family leave law that provides paid leave to employees;
- Supporting services that allow seniors to live independently in their homes and communities where they want to stay instead of expensive nursing homes.
Connecticut voters also deserve to hear the solutions from candidates on federal issues such as Social Security, Caregiving, Prescription Drugs, Medicare and Medicaid.
Every vote counts, and together, we can hold politicians accountable and make them pay attention to important issues like Medicare, Social Security, prescription drugs, caregiving and financial security. Have your say this November: go online and pledge to vote in this year’s elections or text VOTE to 22777, where you’ll be sent a message with a link to sign a pledge to vote in this year’s elections (link for Spanish is www.aarp.org/vota and English is www.aarp.org/vote). Visit the Connecticut Secretary of State site (www.ct.gov/SOTS) for more information about voter engagement and registration in Connecticut.
If we all turn out for this election, we can be sure that our voices are heard. Often times, the only way politicians will focus on the issues that matter is if we make them. If you are interested in being a part of the change beyond casting a vote, volunteer with AARP Connecticut, where you can be an active participant. Contact Elaine Werner at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 860-548-3169.
You can also sign up to become an AARP activist (http://bit.ly/CTAdvocate), where you’ll receive e-newsletters, email action alerts on the issues you care about and the latest news from the General Assembly, Congress and the White House.
Stay informed and join the conversation:
- Get the latest local news and information from AARP at aarp.org/ct and www.aarp.org/espanolCT
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Nora Duncan is the state director for AARP Connecticut.