Democratic challenger Nicastro reissues challenge to debate incumbent

With fewer than 100 days until the election, state senate candidate Mike Nicastro repeated his call for five debates in the five towns within the district after it became clear that his opponent, Henri Martin, is actively campaigning, despite claims to the contrary, said a press release from Nicastro’s campaign.

“Henri made it clear that he was taking the summer off from campaigning and discussing solutions for the state and, as such, just couldn’t commit to debates,” said Nicastro in the press release. He continued, “The issues facing middle class families, small businesses and taxpayers didn’t take the summer off. In order to do right by the communities in the 31st district, we need to have an open and public discussion on our vision for returning Connecticut to economic health.”

Since openly declining to schedule any campaign events and debates in early July, Nicastro’s campaign said the Martin campaign has done several events and is distributing flyers. Nicastro said, according to the press release, “It’s disingenuous for a candidate to refuse to debate by claiming you’re not campaigning and then, in reality, run a campaign in the shadows. Debating is a critical skill for a senator. It’s a significant part of the job. With summer winding down and campaigning clearly underway, it’s time we open up the calendar and get the five debates scheduled for the benefit of the voters in the district.”

In the press release, Nicastro said, “Connecticut was once considered the most innovative state in the Union – a status we must reclaim. As a state senator I will bring my business experience to promote economic development by helping small businesses not just survive, but thrive through innovation and entrepreneurship.”

Mike Nicastro is running for the 31st state senate district which includes, Bristol, Plainville, Plymouth, Thomaston and Harwinton.

Nicastro’s release said the Democratic candidate is focused on:

“Fiscal management – Developing a fiscally sound budget is not a ‘set it and forget it’ effort.

“Innovation – Reinvigorating a sense of innovation in our economy and in how we govern.

“Entrepreneurship – Celebrating and encouraging innovation to inspire the entrepreneurs in our midst.

“Succession Planning – Addressing the close to 47 percent of small businesses that are owned by residents who are 55 years of age or older -a small business “Silver Tsunami.”and an economic peril.

“Higher Education – Supporting the state’s higher education assets in its colleges and universities and the opportunity they give to our future generations.”

Michael Nicastro

Michael Nicastro