April 17, 2021

Martha Marx (D): Candidate for CT State Senate, 20th District

Martha Marx

Biography

Martha Marx has been a resident of New London and a registered nurse for 30 years. She has the experience, energy, and dedication to be an effective leader and representative for our communities in Hartford. Martha’s responsiveness, wisdom, and empathy make her the best choice to be our next State Senator.

A former New London City Council member, Martha led the Public Works, Finance, and School Buildings/Maintenance Committees. Martha listened to a wide range of constituents before making decisions that improved public health, affordable housing and home health care in the area.

1. What do you believe are currently the three most pressing issues in the state of Connecticut?

Fighting COVID-19 by following science, not politics

There is only one way to battle this virus: follow scientific expertise. When the nation puts politics above science, we only prolong the suffering that we are all sharing. As your voice in Hartford, I will not compromise our health policies by putting the needs of special interests and skeptics above scientific truth.

Improving everyone’s access to quality healthcare

Healthcare should be affordable and accessible to everyone. Whether it is a yearly checkup, a new prescription, or an emergency surgery, every person should be able to cover the bill without demolishing their hard-earned savings. I support removing barriers and obstacles to make quality healthcare accessible to everyone.

Establishing a living wage 

Our communities have depended on the heroic work of essential workers during this pandemic. Many Americans put their lives on the line everyday putting food on grocery shelves, disinfecting classrooms, and providing countless other services that keep our towns running. It is our responsibility to make sure that all workers are paid the wages that they deserve- now and in the future. No one should have to work two or three jobs just to make rent. As your state senator, I will fight to make sure all workers are paid a living wage.

2.  From the three issues you cite in your response to Question1, identify the one that you think is the most pressing and explain your choice. Then expand on steps you believe should be taken to resolve it and how you could contribute to that resolution process?

Providing access to high-quality healthcare for seniors and low-income parents 

As someone who has worked in healthcare my entire life, I know that you can’t predict when a loved one is going to fall ill. In these times it is painfully obvious that medical care is a necessity- not a luxury. When you are sitting in a hospital bed, the last thing you should have to worry about is whether you can afford to be healthy. We must protect our most vulnerable neighbors and guarantee seniors and low-income parents access to affordable, high-quality healthcare.

We can start with passing a public option for health insurance. There has been a researched complete bill sitting on Comptroller Lembo’s desk for years and has not been implemented due to insurance industry lobbyists lining the pockets of Republican party leadership.

A public option would be less expensive and provide better care for all patients. The Working Families Party will be leading the charge on this policy and I will join them in that fight.

3. What personal characteristics do you embody that justify why people should vote for you?

“Martha loves her community. She has proven through her career as a nurse and city councilor that she is a champion for the middle class and working people. She is very strong, has a huge heart, and she doesn’t back down. She is ready to face the obstacles that will come up in Hartford and that’s the kind of person we need there,” – State Representative Joe de la Cruz.

Martha Marx has the experience, energy, and dedication to be an effective leader and representative for our communities in Hartford. Martha’s responsiveness, wisdom, and empathy make her the best choice to be our next State Senator.

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