Candidate Q&A: Paul Honig for State Representative in the 76th District

Paul Honig, Candidate for State Representative in District 76th District | Submitted Photo

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Next up is Democrat Paul Honig, Candidate for State Representative in District 76th District. Honig is challenging longtime Republican John Piscopo.

Honig is a resident of Harwinton with his wife Diane and sons Jake and Harry. Honig is a graduate from the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School of Business. In his career, Honig developed software to analyze fixed income products at Prudential Securities and JPMorgan. Honig is certified to teach math in Connecticut through the Alternative Route to Certification Program and taught 7th and 8th grade math at the Cornwall Consolidated School. Additionally, Honig volunteers on the Board of Directors Region 10 Make a Mark Enrichment Fund, math tutor at the Gilbert School, ambassador for solarize Harwinton program and a member of the Harwinton clean energy committee.

What are your most pressing issues?

For me, the most pressing issues in the state are the fiscal crisis and the insanely high cost of healthcare.

Legislators in the General Assembly need to understand that the magnitude of the fiscal crisis we face is so big that any plan of action that will actually solve the problem will inevitably involve policy options that both Democrats and Republicans do not like. In what will likely be a narrowly divided state house, we need legislators who are willing to work across the aisle to produce solutions that will work.

I don’t expect any help from the federal government on the cost of health care any time soon, so we should do what we can at the state level.  There’s much we can do, adding consequences for prescription drug price gouging, having medical providers disclose their prices in advance and creating a public insurance option.

How do your thoughts and ideas differ from your opponents?

My opponent, John Piscopo, has a lifetime score from the League of Conservation Voters that ranks him 150th out of 151 representatives in the state house, practically, dead last.  My wife and I won the CT Zero Energy Challenge in 2012 for our home in Harwinton, one of the most energy efficient houses in the state.

Additional Comments?

My finance background, Wharton Business School degree and 22 years of fixed income finance experience, would be very useful in the General Assembly right now.

I’m new to politics.  I have no relationships with any legislators in Hartford, no relationships with lobbyists.  I go in with a clean slate. My decision-making process will be simple, what’s best for the people of District 76 and what’s best for the people of Connecticut.

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