Veteran lawmaker Rep. Bob Godfrey says if voters want to see what he has done for the city’s urban core in his 13 terms as a state legislator, they need only drive around Dnbury.
But Godfrey’s challenger said she has lived and worked in the same 110th District he has represented for a generation, and she claims as many as half of its 25,000 residents do not know him.
Palmares and Godfrey clashed over of Latino representation during a meeting last week with the Editorial Board of The News-Times.
The two candidates even differed on how many Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking residents live in the 110th District. Godfrey cited a 42 percent from the 2010 U.S. Census. Palmares said her experience working with Latinos puts the percentage closer to 50 percent.
“We need to be sure when we have someone up at the state Legislature, that they understand the new challenges and the new way of life of the 110th today,” Palmares said.
Godfrey, the state House’s deputy speaker, answered no one knows the district better than he does. He cited his record of bringing more school funding to the city, as well as his battle earlier this year to oppose
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