NEW CANAAN, Conn. – The Daily Voice sent five questions to each of the candidates running for statewide office this fall. The following responses are from Dan Dauplaise, a Democrat running for state Senate in the 36th District, which includes New Canaan, Stamford and Greenwich.
Dauplaise, 28, has lived in Stamford for 27 years. He works as an educational consultant. He is a member of the Stamford Democratic City Committee and the Long Ridge Fire Department. He counts reading, travel and cooking among his hobbies.
Dauplaise is challenging Republican incumbent L. Scott Frantz and Green Party candidate Remy Chevalier.
Daily Voice: What are the biggest issues facing the 36th district?
Dauplaise: The biggest issue we face are increasing property taxes. As a state legislator, increased municipal aid is the primary way Hartford can help municipalities keep property taxes low. Increased investments in green energy, education, and infrastructure are key ways that Hartford can ease the burden on New Canaan and prevent burdensome mill rate increases.
DV: What would you do differently than the current office holder?
Dauplaise: I'd work with the majority to make sure the district's voice is heard. As a Democrat, I'd bring more bargaining power to the table and be in a better position to fight for the district's needs. Finally, I would focus on key issues that affect each and every New Canaan resident, from power outages, as we've all just experienced, to train line maintenance vital to New Canaan's commercial and commuter interest.
DV: Is Connecticut going in the right or wrong direction?
Dauplaise: The state has started to turn itself around in some areas such as education, but there is much to be accomplished with regards to the economy and job creation, transportation, and healthcare. Developing reach of these areas is critical to making this an attractive business environment and better place to live.
DV: What would you do to involve your constituents in your decision-making process?
Dauplaise: I have emphasized meeting and speaking with constituents one-on-one over the past five months in person and on social media. If elected I'd continue to remain accessible via email and social media and in person by holding town hall meetings. It is absolutely vital to keep the best interests of constituents in mind. Furthermore, I would make it a point to reach across the aisle and involve members of both parties in the process of crafting good legislation.
DV: Why should people vote for you?
Dauplaise: I firmly believe this district has a lot of promise and deserves a strong voice that will work with the majority to make sure its needs are met and its full potential reached. I have spent years in community service, public safety and in the classroom; I would be a trusted voice on these issues which need attention in New Canaan.