2022 Patch Candidate Profiles: Marek Kozikowski, 14th House District

SOUTH WINDSOR, CT – The 2022 election is heating up in Connecticut and there are plenty of races with candidates eager to run for elected office. Eyes are mostly on the gubernatorial election, but every state representative and Senate seat is up for grabs. Connecticut’s five congressional seats, plus a U.S. Senate seat, are also up for grabs.

There are 151 seats in the State House of Representatives and 36 in the State Senate. Democrats currently hold a majority in both chambers.

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South Windsor resident Marek Kozikowski is running for Connecticut General Assembly in the 14th District.

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https://MarekKozikowski.com

Party Affiliation

united community

Education

Master of Public Administration (MPA), UConn; MA in Economics, UConn; BA in Economics and Geography, UConn.

Occupation

town planner; 17 years.

Family

Married with 4 children: 12, 10, 9 and 6 years old.

Does anyone in your family work in politics or government?

Nope

Age

39

Previous civil service, nominative or elective

South Windsor City Council (2021–present)
South Windsor School Board (2019-2021)
Windsor South IWA/CC (2018-2019)

Why are you looking for this office?

I am running for this office because I am dedicated to serving my community in the greatest capacity available to me. As a state representative, I can leverage my work experience in government to better serve my community in South Windsor.

Please complete this statement: The most pressing issue facing my constituents is ___, and here is what I intend to do about it.

the state government is enacting uniform laws for housing development in all cities, and I will fight for South Windsor to maintain local control over its future growth and development.

What are the main differences between you and the other candidates for this position?

I bring nearly two decades of professional experience in the field of planning and economic development. I have countless experiences solving problems for residents and business owners through my position as a public servant.

If you are challenging an incumbent, how has the current incumbent let the community down?

The incumbent has been in this role for several years now, and it’s time to bring a fresh perspective and new skills to the office.

What other issues do you intend to address during your campaign?

We are in unprecedented times where there are so many federal and state grant opportunities available, and South Windsor is not taking advantage of them. As a state representative, I will work to open grant opportunities and seek funding for projects in South Windsor that will improve the quality of life and reduce the tax burden for residents.

What accomplishments in your past would you cite as proof that you can handle this job?

I have written and advocated for zoning changes to facilitate major economic development projects and transit-oriented development in various communities. I served as an urban planner.

I facilitated the purchase of over 200 acres of open space and farmland in Middletown as a town planner.

I wrote zoning regulations and ordinances to help small businesses.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

There is always more work to do.

Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you and your duties?

I am dedicated to my family, my career and my community. All I do is improve each of them a little bit.


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