SOUTHINGTON – Democrat Liz Linehan emerges victorious over Republican Diane Pagano in Tuesday’s election and will lead the 103rd House District through the next term.
Linehan garnered 5,188 votes while Pagano drew 4,873.
Linehan was elected in 2016 and was a town councilor in Cheshire from 2013 to 2017, when she resigned to focus on the legislature. She also had an eight-year career with CPTV and a background in marketing and entertainment.
Linehan said she wanted to “shrink the state budget “without hurting the most vulnerable.” She wants to see “results based accountability” and “look at intended outcomes and then work backwards” to see if state programs need to be funded. Linehan wants to find a solution to the state’s transportation issues without bonding too much money. She said she would consider tolls if the car tax and gas tax were reduced or eliminated and if there was a credit on income taxes for residents and small businesses.
“My number one priority is to ensure that Connecticut is a more affordable place to live while ensuring that property taxes don’t go up,” she said. “I also want to make sure that kids are trained for the jobs that are available.”
Republican Diane Pagano worked in corporate America for 25 years. She owns her own senior care business, Golden Au Pair, which she started three-and-a-half years ago. She said she hopes to bring her business acumen to Hartford.
Pagano said she wanted to reduce taxes and regulations. She was opposed to tolls and said that if Connecticut creates an infrastructure lock box, those funds need to be protected and go toward what they are intended for.
“We need to look at what we want and what we actually need for each department,” she said.
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