MANCHESTER, CT — Jason Rojas, a East Hartford resident is running for the state House of Representatives in District 9.
Party affiliation: Democratic Party
Family: Married to high school sweetheart Sarah. Together we have 3 school aged children.
Occupation: Chief of Staff and Associate Vice President for External Affairs – Trinity College. 20 year career in higher education.
Previous elected experience: 12-Year Member of CT House of Representatives. Previous service on the East Hartford Town Council and Board of Education
Family members in government: No
Campaign website: www.jasonrojas.com
The single most pressing issue facing our state is _______, and this is what I intend to do about it. Contiuning to stablize our state’s finances given the impact that COVID-19 has had on our state’s economy. My work over the past 4 years as House Chair of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee has contributed to the state historic level Rainy Day Fund which is approaching $3 billion. These savings will help us address the financal distress the pandemic has caused for families, business as well as state and local government. My understanding of the state budget and the states finances will be critical to how we continue to respond to the pandemic.
What are the critical differences between you and the other candidates seeking this post? I have a deep understanding of state and local government. I am optimistic about the state’s future and have experience and ideas to move our state forward. My opponent has exercised poor judgement in how she would handle a number of difficult situations and is running a campaign of contempt and misinformation which is unfortunate for voters.
What accomplishments in your past would you cite as evidence you can handle this job? I have served as a chairperson of two major committees and served as a deputy majority leader. I would also point you to a list of award and recognition that I have recieved during my time in office: https://www.jasonrojas.com/cop…
Do you believe Connecticut needs reform when it comes to electric utility oversight? What steps, if any should be taken? We can also improve oversight of our all of our essential utilities including Eversource. PURA needs additional power to call for greater accountability in protecting the interests of ratepayers over the interested of shareholder. We should move to performance based incentives for granting rate increases. We should look at executive compensation and we should also ensure that eversource has clear emergency response plans for regions of the state to assist with a stronger response to weather related crises.
What steps should state government take to bolster economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic for local businesses?
Insure there is adequate testing capacity to identify transmission of COVID so we can quickly isolate those who contract the virus. Managing the spread of the virus is key to building confidence for the public so they can return to many of the activities that have bee disrupted by the pandemic. We can use the states purchasing power to assist with securing adequate PPE for businesses that are in particular need for PPE to conduct their activities.
List other issues that define your campaign platform:
Development of policy and systems to encourage additional sharing of services at the local level.
Development of a integrated and high capacity workforce development system to ensure we have the workforce the state needs. The system must include both college and shorter term certificate programs that can train and retrain workers quickly.
Expanding our portfolio of affordable and market rate housing.
What else would you like voters to know about yourself and your positions? I care deeply about the work of formulating policy that improves the quality of life for the people I represent and strengthens our communities so they are amazing places to live, work, learn and play. I would be honored to be re-elected to another term in office.