SENATE DISTRICT 30: Miner, lawson battle

November 7, 2018

A winner has not been announced yet in the state Senate 30th with results still out.

Results from several towns and absentees were still out as of 12:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The race pits Republican incumbent Craig Miner against Democrat challenger David Lawson.

Miner, 62, of Litchfield, just finished his first term in the state Senate, though he previously served eight terms as the state representative for the 66th District.

He said he’s running again so that he can continue to improve on the state’s fiscal problems.

His opponent, Lawson, 60, of New Milford, has served on the New Milford school board since 2003. He said he’s running because the state’s priorities need to be restructured, including more of an emphasis on education.

Miner, who served on the appropriations committee sees consolidation and privatization as the key ways to cut state spending. He said certain state programs and efforts are duplicated and should be reviewed so that it can become more efficient.

Lawson suggested forgiving the debt of students who went to a state college after they remain in Connecticut for five to seven years after graduating.

He said the theory is that they’ll have set roots down by that point and have been paying taxes. He said this worked with the GI Bill after World War II and boosted the economy in the 1950s and 1960s.

The 30th District includes New Milford, Brookfield, Kent, Canaan, Cornwall, Goshen, Litchfield, Morris, North Canaan, Salisbury, Sharon, Torrington, Warren and Winchester.

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