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Find Out Where the Candidates Stand

As part of our non-partisan Voter Education efforts in 2012, AARP has produced online voters’ guides for key races in Connecticut, including U.S. President, U.S. Senate, and U.S. House of Representatives, as well as more than 160 State Legislative races.

See Also: Online Voters’ Guides

AARP is also working to inform our members and the public where federal candidates stand on important issues such as Medicare, Social Security and Financial Security, through congressional candidate debates and a telephone Town Hall with the candidates for U.S. Senate.

“This Election Day, Connecticut voters will play a critical role in determining how our state and federal government addresses a number of important challenges that impact current and future generations,” said AARP’s Duncan. “Our goal is to make sure voters know where the candidates stand on issues important to older Americans and their families so they can make an informed choice on Nov. 6.”

Online Voters’ Guides

For state races, the guides provide candidates’ answers to questions about re-balancing Connecticut’s long-term care system, supporting family caregivers, protecting utility and telecommunications consumers and state budget priorities, such as restoring the state property tax credit and protecting senior safety net programs.

For federal races, the guides feature side-by-side comparisons of candidates’ public statements on topics such as how they would protect and strengthen Social Security and Medicare for today’s seniors and help Americans build a financial nest egg for their retirement.

In-person Debates with 4th and 5th District Congressional Candidates

AARP Connecticut also is hosting candidate forums in October and November for the U.S. House races in the 4th and 5th Congressional districts.

Debates currently scheduled include:

  • 5th Congressional District Debate with candidates Elizabeth Esty and Andrew Roraback, Oct. 29 from 10 am – 11:30am, The Courtyard Waterbury Downtown, 63 Grand Street, Waterbury, CT. Registration required: call 1-877-926-8300 or register online.
  • 4th Congressional District Debate with candidates Jim Himes and Steve Obsitnik, Nov. 2, from 10 am – 11:30am, Holiday Inn, 1070 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT. Registration required: call 1-877-926-8300 or register online.

To learn more about where the candidates stand and to make your voice heard on the future of Social Security and Medicare, visit