CTLatinoNews.com has reached out to the Republican and Democratic candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives in the five Connecticut Congressional Districts and asked them to explain why Latinos should vote for them. We thought it would be a good opportunity for Latino voters to see how well the candidates understand the issues important to them.
Here is the response for the 4th Congressional District. U.S. Rep. Jim Himes campaign chose not to respond to this questionnaire.
Address: 104 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT
Bio: Steve Obsitnik is a Stamford HS and U.S. Naval Academy graduate. A nuclear engineer, Steve is also a combat veteran. Steve served aboard the USS Ray and at the Pentagon before attending Wharton. Steve was CEO of Quintel. He teaches at Sacred Heart, and lives with his family in Westport.
Why should Latinos vote for you? Explain your reasons.
When you are on a submarine, 500 feet beneath the surface with a Russian submarine 10-feet above you, you realize that race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, political affiliation(s) does not matter. What matters is working together towards the successful completion of the mission. My mission in Congress will be to create an environment where anybody can get a job, raise a family and achieve the American Dream. During the last 3 ½ years, the Latino Community in our District has suffered disproportionately to others. Therefore, my job is not to “level the playing field,” but to create an environment where Latinos do not fear the risks associated with starting a business, buying a home or building a better life for themselves and their families. I believe that opportunity lies at the core of America’s greatness. I believe that individuals know what tools they need to succeed. As your Congressman, I will work tirelessly to create an environment, which allows Latinos to flourish as individuals, as entrepreneurs, and as families.