In a year when partisan politics dominates the national political debate, Milford native Cindy Wolfe Boynton, candidate for state representative in the 117th District, says it\u2019s time for \u201cnew leaders, new ideas\u201d and a \u201cnew direction\u201d in politics for a \u201cbetter Connecticut.\u201d While there\u2019s a famous old New England saying, \u201cYou can\u2019t get there from here,\u201d Boynton remains optimistic that the politics of division can be overcome with good, old-fashioned cooperation by \u201cworking across party lines\u201d to create a better Connecticut. \u201cWe are at a point in Connecticut where party idealism, obstructionism and an unwillingness to compromise are preventing us from making the decisions we need to make that are in the best interests of the people of this state,\u201d she said in an interview with the Mirror last weekend. State budget policies are an example. \u201cWe must live within our means,\u201d Boynton said. \u201cBut we must remember to meet the needs of the people. \u201cFor instance, during the last state budget session, there was so much focus \u2018on the numbers\u2019 that legislators forgot that there are people on the other end of those numbers.\u201d People like her own elderly parents. An only child, Boynton\u2019s father died in 2016 and her mom, 88, now lives in an area nursing home. However, for years the family struggled to keep her parents at home, downsizing several times and completely depleting her parents\u2019 life savings, as well as her husband\u2019s and her own. As a society, \u201cwe need to find a way to take care of and support our elderly who are not sick enough for a nursing home, but not well enough to be alone at home.\u201d More needs to be done \u201cto protect those who worked hard all their life, saved some money and always paid their bills.\u201d Boynton has advanced a litany of issues that she intends to focus on in Hartford. Among them, reducing taxes for the middle class, promoting business and jobs growth, families and women\u2019s rights including equal pay for equal work, and \u201cthe rights of all people to live and work free from violence, discrimination and harassment.\u201d Boynton also advocates for \u201caffordable health care for all,\u201d providing \u201cdebt free\u201d state college education, improving the state\u2019s critical infrastructure and safeguarding Long Island Sound. Getting out to meet the residents of the 117th District, Boynton noted that residents have \u201cmany concerns about taxes, concerns about health care costs\u201d and particularly in the Live Oaks School area, \u201cconcerns about school safety.\u201d Given the situation with her parents and acknowledging that there are many others facing similar situations with parents and other ill family members as well as caring for newborn children, Boynton is particularly passionate about passing state legislation for paid family medical leave. Intended to act like \u201can insurance policy,\u201d paid family medical leave would allow someone taking care of a family member to take time off from work with pay. Boynton said most states around Connecticut already have this protection in place. \u201cWe\u2019re so worried about young people leaving the state, but this is one reason.\u201d Paid family and medical leave will ensure that workers who need to take time off are not punished financially. A bill for paid family medical leave in the state legislature made it out of committee in the 2018 session, but never came to the floor for a vote. Current federal law allows up to 12 weeks of \u201cunpaid\u201d time off. Connecticut can do better, Boynton said. Boynton also favors the concept of \u201cMedicare for all.\u201d Too many \u201cof our residents have no insurance or are underinsured, or can\u2019t afford their medications.\u201d It\u2019s really about \u201ccommon sense\u201d and ensuring that \u201cpeople are not faced with choices\u201d like paying for medications or going to the doctor, or paying their rent, mortgage or food. Since announcing her candidacy last March, Boynton has continued to actively lead and participate in social justice rallies and protests as the president of the Connecticut chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW). This past August, NOW protested the appointment to the Supreme Court of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, and Boynton played a prominent role in that protest in Connecticut. She remains passionate about women\u2019s issues including equal pay for equal work. If elected, Boynton would like to be appointed to the House\u2019s Labor Committee. \u201cDespite making up 51% of the population, only a handful of women are on the Labor Committee.\u201d Boynton also points to opportunities in Connecticut for the state to do more for advanced manufacturing and the opportunities for both men and women in the field. \u201cThese are good paying jobs and I would like to see more done to encourage women to go into manufacturing.\u201c She would also seek a seat on the Higher Education Committee, pointing to her experience as an adjunct college professor in the region, and her belief that education should be affordable to all. Education is a key to providing pathways out of poverty for those unlucky to be from poorer economic circumstances. Boynton would also seek a seat on the House Veterans Affairs\u2019 Committee. \u201cYes, it\u2019s partially a salute to my dad, who was a World War II vet. But more than that, it\u2019s my strong belief that veterans should be thanked and respected for their service to the nation. \u201cIn my dad\u2019s case, most everyone from his generation was involved in the war,\u201d she said. It\u2019s much different today, as a much lower percentage of the general population have a military background. \u201cDuring our own family crisis with my parents, my dad turned to me one day and said, \u2018Why won\u2019t anybody help us?\u2019 \u201cI really believe we need to do more to take care of our military families and our veterans.\u201d The former newspaper reporter and magazine editor said with less than two weeks until election day, she is confident her message is getting out there and being heard. Voters care more about politicians getting things done than they do about political labels and party. \u201cI am one who brings people together,\u201d a sentiment sorely needed, she said, in these times of political distraction and dissention.