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Maverick Candidate Maurer Puts Ideas First

Rolf Maurer is the dark horse in Tuesday’s special election for the District 27 state Senate seat. That doesn’t bother him. In fact, Maurer’s challenged by it, and he hopes to challenge others to become involved.

“People have to be more engaged, and it takes a bit of effort, but it also makes it more fun,” said Maurer. “You take ownership of what’s going on.”

If he had to choose one or two major issues to tackle immediately as a representative in Hartford, they would be health care – “I’d like to see a state-level single payer program” — and finance.

“Getting a state bank going” is what he would like to see implemented in Connecticut. “As soon as that’s in place, people can start getting loans” that might not be available through traditional means, he said.

The 48-year-old Stamford native is a 1981 graduate of Westhill High School. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Scranton and a master’s degree from Fairfield University. Both degrees were in communications. He has worked in a number of fields, including retail, commercial animation and journalism. He was on the freelance staff of Folio: magazine for about seven years and currently works as a freelance copy editor.

This is Maurer’s third try at elective office. He ran for mayor in 2009 and last year made a bid to unseat state Rep. Carlo Leone, D-148th District. He’s again pitted against Democrat Leone in this election, along with Republican Bob Kolenberg.

He says he looks for creative solutions.

“This really isn’t about what party you’re with, it’s about finding solutions,” Maurer said. He considers ideas of primary importance in this election. “If you like my ideas, the important thing is you take them to whoever wins and get him to implement them.”

More on Maurer’s views can be found here .

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