Denning, Healy Spar for Seat in Newly Formed State House District 42 During LWV Candidate’s Debate

Although candidates for the newly formed 42nd State House district Keith Denning (D) and Kim Healy (R) largely agree on topics including early voting, affordable housing and lowering energy costs, their approaches to tackling these and other complex issues were contrasted during a League of Women Voters Candidates Debate held Oct. 20 at Town Hall. Denning, a Wilton resident, has been a practicing certified registered nurse anesthetist for the past 38 years, while Healy, also a Wilton resident, is a CPA and former auditor with PricewaterhouseCoopers who was elected to the Wilton Board of Selectmen in 2021. The newly formed House District 42 includes Wilton, Ridgefield, and New Canaan. The debate was one of five held during the evening – including three races for the State House and two for State Senate.

O’Dea Defends House District Seat From Alvarez During LWV Candidate’s Debate

Affordable housing, rising energy costs, balancing revenues with expenditures and women’s reproductive rights were topics wrangled by state Rep. Tom O’Dea (R-125) and his Democratic challenger Victor Alvarez during a League of Women Voters candidates’ debate on Oct. 20 at Town Hall. The evening featured debates for five races – including three races in the state House of Representative and two races in the State Senate – including the race between Alvarez and O’Dea for House District 125, which includes Darien, New Canaan and Stamford. On the topic of the state’s controversial 8-30g affordable housing statute, both candidates agreed that the law doesn’t achieve its intended goal and needs to be overhauled. “Since 2016, I have been on record about being against over development,” said Alvarez, a New Canaan resident and businessman who has been a member of the town’s board of finance since 2020.