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EXCLUSIVE Interview: UConn Trustee and Republican Kuegler Would Be Youngest Legislator in CT

March 7, 2017 By Staff
EXCLUSIVE Interview: UConn Trustee and Republican Kuegler Would Be Youngest Legislator in CT

UConn Undergraduate Trustee Adam Kuegler, 21, is considering a run for state representative in Connecticut's 68th Assembly District. He's also a Republican.

UConn Trustee Adam Kuegler is finishing up his senior year of college. He’s looking at law school in the fall.

He’s also considering a run for state representative in northwestern Connecticut.

Kuegler, 21, has been named a potential candidate for the 68th Assembly District by the Waterbury Republican-American and UConn’s Daily Campus. If elected, he would be the youngest legislator in Hartford.

That doesn’t mean Kuegler, a Republican, has no experience in public service.

Kuegler took the time to talk to Reclaim Connecticut about his possible candidacy, his years of work in public service, and the budget of Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.).

“I’ve been involved with politics for awhile, and this is my first time running for public office in Watertown, but I’ve been involved in public service for much, much longer than any of that,” Kuegler told Reclaim Connecticut.

He said his time in Cub Scouts “ingrained in me … the importance of public service,” along with his family and his faith. Kuegler is also wrapping up a term as the undergraduate representative for UConn’s Board of Trustees, a statewide institution.

“One of my key issue areas is education,” Kuegler said. “And I see education as the great equalizing force in our society, and the more that we can break down barriers to education the better off our society will be.”

Kuegler cited his work to improve mental health services at UConn as one example of the work he’d continue if elected to serve Watertown, Connecticut in the legislature.

Kuegler also panned Gov. Dan Malloy’s (D-Conn.) budget.

“I think that what the governor needs to do more of is allowing towns to do their job, and easing the unfunded mandates that make it difficult for towns to function,” Kuegler said. “Towns have been able to maintain fiscal responsibility not because of the governor’s actions throughout his terms, but despite unfunded mandates and the policies that get in the way of allowing towns to function on their own.”

Kuegler said he’s interested in running because “I love my hometown.” He noted that his parents, his brother, and his mentors “have driven me to public service.”

But, Kuegler said, he’s also concerned about the amount of young people leaving the state of Connecticut. “I see too many of my friends and classmates leaving the state, and I think that we can do better.”

Candidates will have an informal meeting with delegates in the 68th Assembly District on Tuesday night. As he headed to the meeting, Kuegler noted he has “respect for the process,” adding “I’m running against good people.”

Kuegler may not be the chosen Republican candidate after a crowded field clears out, but, at 21, he may have a long career in public service ahead.