4th Congressional District candidates: What should voters know about you?

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, D-4th Connecticut, left, is being challenged by Republican, Jayme Stevenson this November. Stevenson is also running on the Independent Party line.

As the race between U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, D-4th Connecticut, and Republican challenge Jayme Stevenson, who’s also running on the Independent Party line, heads toward the finish line, The Sun gave the candidates an opportunity to leave voters with a final thought before Tuesday:

Before voters go to the polls, what should they know about you?

Himes: Every day I go to work for the people of Connecticut’s Fourth District. My office helps thousands every year — we’re working with people who are still having problems paying their bills, whose Medicare coverage has lapsed, businesses that need support and community colleges training our young people for the jobs of tomorrow.

The last year has been one of the most effective ever. We passed meaningful legislation on gun safety, lowered the cost of prescription drugs and capped out-of-pocket costs, made the largest investment in history to address climate change, kept our promises to our veterans, and more.

I’m proud of what we have accomplished, but there is still more to do. If re-elected, I will keep fighting to protect women’s rights, bring down everyday costs, make our communities safer, and more.

Stevenson: It’s time for a real change. I am a leader who understands how the economy works and will draw on my 12 years of bipartisan leadership to focus on bringing good paying jobs and more of our hard earned money back home. Receiving the Independent Party nomination reflects my record of working across the aisle and willingness to stand up to my party when you need me to.

It’s time to elect a congresswoman who will be a champion for our children, families and small businesses. I’ll prioritize great education, the health of our children, safe streets and a strong and secure nation.

And as the ONLY woman and mother in 75 years to serve southwest Connecticut, I know what a woman is and why it is so important to protect women’s rights in the doctor’s office, locker room and board room.

Positive change will NEVER happen by electing the same person and expecting a
different result. I ask for your support and vote on November 8th.

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