As part of our digital meet the candidates, we'd like to introduce

Susan Bysiewicz, candidate for Lieutenant Governor

"Susan Bysiewicz was raised the proud granddaughter of immigrants who came to Connecticut from Poland and Greece with nothing but hopes for a better future. After many years of factory work, they saved enough to buy a farm in the Westfield section of Middletown that became Susan’s childhood home. Growing up and working on the farm, she and her siblings learned the values of hard work, education, and persistence."
"Far too many young people and families in Connecticut find that they have to leave the state in order to find high-quality jobs. We need to create a more welcoming environment that fosters entrepreneurship and small businesses here in Connecticut. With a track record of helping more than 80 small businesses raise tens of millions dollars in funding and creating hundreds of good-paying jobs, I have the experience to bring businesses and jobs to Connecticut. We also need to make sure that every job is a quality job -- which is why I strongly support expanding apprenticeships and job training programs."
"Susan's father Stan was a pilot in World War II, and ran their family farm as well as a small business. Her mother, Shirley Raissi Bysiewicz, was the daughter of Greek immigrants. She attended law school, becoming the first woman to be a tenured law professor at the University of Connecticut, and was a pioneer for women in the legal profession in Connecticut.

Susan's parents taught her to fight for what she believes in and to stand up for others who need help.

Susan graduated from Yale University and Duke Law School. Susan’s Yale senior thesis on former Connecticut Governor Ella Grasso was later published as a book titled Ella: A Biography of Ella Grasso. While at Duke, she met her future husband, David Donaldson, and after graduating, they returned to Connecticut.

The legacy of determination, hard work and perseverance is what guided Susan when she served in the State Legislature and represented Middletown, Middlefield and Durham, and they continue to guide her today. As a State Representative, she wrote legislation to ban dangerous “drive-through” mastectomies and ensure that women being treated for breast cancer had proper care. Susan also fought political patronage and wrote the law to ban lobbyists from giving gifts to legislators.

As Secretary of the State of Connecticut, Susan helped thousands of businesses grow, registered thousands of voters, cut bureaucratic red tape, honored veterans, and fought to keep elections fair.

Now, as a business lawyer and a job creator, she has helped over fifty companies access millions of dollars in capital, expand their businesses, and create hundreds of jobs in our State. Susan knows that our economy thrives when we create good-paying jobs and everyone has access to affordable healthcare.  

David and Susan reside in Middletown. Their three children, Ava, Leyna, and Tristan, are all recent college graduates. As the mother of three, Susan understands the need to make higher education and vocational training more affordable for families in Connecticut. As a life-long Democrat, she believes in a woman’s right to choose, pay equity, and for equal rights for everyone in our state."

Learn more about Susan's campaign here. 

"I believe in cutting wasteful spending and closing the budget gap. Governors of both parties and legislatures controlled by both parties have maxed out our state's credit cards. Businesses will only come to Connecticut from out of state if we have a predictable budget and a well-governed state. Passing a fair and balanced budget that is on time will be my top priority."
"The science is clear -- climate change is a serious threat facing our planet. We need a state government that accepts this reality and works to reduce our carbon output, our state's high energy costs, and support sustainable energy. Additionally, Connecticut should be a leader in sustainable energy, and I will work with state legislative leaders and our Congressional delegation in Washington, DC to ensure that we are doing everything possible to position our state to be at the forefront of the burgeoning green revolution."
"With women making 83 cents for every dollar a man makes in Connecticut, we are doing better than most of the country. But we have to do more, especially when you consider that African-American women in our state make only 59 cents for every dollar a male makes and Latina women only make 48 cents. I promise to stand up for women's rights and equal pay. I will not rest until every woman earns as much as her male peers, regardless of race, ethnicity, family status, or salary history."
"One of my top priorities will be to ensure that all of our state's residents have access to quality and affordable health care coverage. I will support legislation that aims to reduce drug costs, I will support community hospitals, and I will support policies which move us closer to what I think should be the long-term goal for health care reform -- implementing a public option, single-payer system for Connecticut residents. Also, I will treat the opioid epidemic like the crisis that it is, and direct resources to support better information sharing among health care providers, strengthen the states prescription drug monitoring program, improve treatment programs, and help to get prescription naloxone in more community spaces to help prevent drug overdoses."