Endorsement: Toni Boucher for the 26th District (Danbury News-Times)

November 2, 2018

Endorsement: Toni Boucher for the 26th District

State Sen. Toni Boucher, a Republican from Wilton, for a decade has represented the 26th District with diligence and fierce attention.

Democrat Will Haskell, a recent college graduate who grew up in Westport and now lives in New Canaan, brims with energy and passion. He was motivated to enter politics by the Trump presidency and smartly realized that the fight starts at the local and state levels.

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The sprawling district is not easy to represent as the needs of Bethel are different than those of New Canaan and Weston. The concerns of the border or near-border towns of Redding, Ridgefield and Wilton differ from the coastal Westport.

Haskell, 22, said he has knocked on about 4,000 doors to get to know the district and has developed his top three priorities: common sense gun regulation, fight the Trump administration policies, and health care.

Unlike many first-time candidates he has concrete ideas, such as extending WiFi on Metro-North passenger cars.

Boucher, 68, knows the district well. Before serving in the senate she was a state representative for a dozen years. Her experience on the Wilton Board of Education helped inform her focus on education on the state level. A businesswoman, she has worked at an institutional investment firm for 18 years.

Her expertise at the Capitol has centered on education and transportation. One of her successes in the last session was gaining unanimous support in both chambers for the bill to require the teaching of the Holocaust and genocides in public high schools.

The candidates differ on instituting tolls and legalizing recreational marijuana. He would accept both; she would not.

Though Haskell has tried to paint Boucher as anti-gun control, she actually voted in support of the ban on bump stocks and removal of guns with a restraining order in domestic violence cases. She chaired a subcommittee on school security after the Sandy Hook tragedy.

Will Haskell has much to contribute to politics and we encourage him to stay involved. We agree with Boucher that “you are never too young nor too old to make a difference.”

Toni Boucher has conscientiously represented the district and we endorse her for another term.