Candidates for governor, lieutenant governor face off at Stamford gubernatorial forum

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The United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford held a forum Monday night for the candidates running for governor and lieutenant governor.

The midterm elections are just a month away.

Not every candidate attended the forum, but there was representation from all three parties.

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Democratic candidate Ned Lamont, Republican Mark Shiffrin from the Stefanowski campaign and Independent Oz Griebel's running mate Monte Frank discussed a range of topics.

"I would submit that we have all in this room seen people leaving the state because of the economy – because of taxation, because of their concern about a state taxation," Shiffrin said.

From the state budget and gun control to women's reproductive rights and taxes, each candidate had plenty to say.

"I think it's a fraud if someone tells you they're going to eliminate the income tax and the corporate income tax and all these other taxes that would represent $10, $11, $12 billion out of our budget," says Lamont.

"The notion that we're going to eliminate the income tax and take $10 billion out of a $20 billion budget is ludicrous," lieutenant governor candidate Monte Frank said. "If you believe that I have a couple bridges I want to sell you."

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