Why is John McKinney running for governor? "Because I love Connecticut," he said Tuesday on WNPR's Where We Live, adding that he wants his three children to be able to stay in Connecticut, too.
McKinney thinks that the availability of jobs, affordable workforce housing, transportation, and cultural offerings are all key needs facing the state population.
— John McKinney (@McKinneyforGov) June 3, 2014
McKinney says it's normal for young people to want to leave for the bigger urban areas, but we want them to come back to CT.
— Where We Live (@wherewelive) June 3, 2014
"I want to bring my voice and my vision to help meet those challenges," McKinney said. "Connecticut is situated between two great cities -- Boston and New York. To attract people, we need to understand what a 20-something is attracted to. You need to have a job, and an ability to get to that job, and affordable workforce housing, and some type of an urban culture that's going to be attractive to them: a social life, arts, and entertainment."
A recent Gallup poll found that nearly half of Connecticut's residents would move out of state if given the chance. WNPR is asking listeners for personal stories about what propels people from the state, and what causes people to stay.
McKinney would like to Connecticut to be a place young people can return to establish themselves and maybe raise families. "We may lose college graduates to bigger cities," he said. "But we need to make sure we get them back."