From the Founders II
Scott Frantz — Republican Candidate for State Senator
Photograph by: Bob Capazzo
It’s a challenge to find a replacement for State Senator Bill Nickerson, who announced his retirement after serving for the past eighteen years as our Republican representative in the 36th District. Whoever was chosen would need the kind of political savvy, knowledge of state government and understanding of fiscal management for which Nickerson was known.
Scott Frantz has those qualifications. We also believe he has the necessary ability to work with the Democratic majority on the other side of the aisle — one of the strengths and hallmarks of Nickerson’s political career.
Frantz has a working knowledge of state government. For the past fourteen years, he has served on the board of the Connecticut Development Authority, serving as its chairman for the past four years. The authority says it has preserved and created 70,000 jobs in the state since 1993. Six years ago, Frantz became chairman of the board of Bradley International Airport, overseeing the $200-million terminal and concourse construction. Under his leadership, the airport survived the post 9/11 air transportation crisis with a healthy bottom line. With airport administrator Steve Korta, he helped revamp marketing and route development. In recognition of his work in both areas, he was the recipient of the Secretary of State’s Public Service Award.
Frantz believes the year ahead presents tough challenges for members of both the House and Senate, faced with a forecasted state budget deficit of more than $150 million, declining business activity, deteriorating infrastructure and large capital projects. It will be particularly challenging, he says, for a legislature with a history of upping spending every year. “Being in a minority requires a special effort to bring reason and a sense of fiscal control that is sorely needed if Connecticut is to remain a great state,” he says.
Frantz states that his goal is to facilitate a cooperative approach, regardless of the issue, in order to achieve a balanced budget that does not burden the taxpayer and a tax system that doesn’t create incentives for citizens and businesses to leave Connecticut, but one that provides the necessary financial resources to address the critical issues facing the state. He believes when any government tries to do too much, “It causes de-empowerment of individuals, families and institutions. By keeping government smaller, we are implicitly asking members of society to do more and act more responsibly.”
Specifically, Frantz would work to limit budget increases to no more than the Consumer Price Index, and he would eliminate the gift and estate taxes. He would try to improve the business environment by keeping business taxes and fees fair and reasonable, and prevent passage of antibusiness legislation.
He would review the spending on education programs for effectiveness and examine alternatives such as charter schools where appropriate. To alleviate traffic congestion, he would encourage creative solutions and alternate modes of transportation.
With the 36th District providing such a significant amount of the state’s tax revenue, Frantz intends to continue improving relations with all branches of the state government. Along with this, he sees the need to examine each of the state agencies and programs to see which are not delivering results commensurate with their cost, and to recommend improvements.
“For any state senators to be successful,” he says, “they must not only bring common sense to the legislative process but also take a more involved stance with state agencies and commissions.” He believes much can be done to improve their efficiency, and that in the areas of transportation and economic and community development especially, he could make a positive difference.
Scott Frantz’s contributions to service organizations are well known in Greenwich. They include the Arch Street Teen Center of which he is founder and major supporter, the Historical Society and the Veterans Appreciation Council, which he founded. He is currently chairman of the Greenwich Republican Roundtable. For his leadership of the Republican Party in Connecticut, he recently received the coveted Prescott Bush Jr. Award.
On another level, piloting his own plane, Frantz flies regular missions for the Corporate Angel Network that takes children with cancer, who cannot use public transportation due to weakened immune systems, to treatment centers. In a similar vein, he has been active with AmeriCares and served on its President’s Council.
A product of Princeton University and Dartmouth’s Amos Tuck School of Business Administration, Frantz has had years of experience in financial management, knowledge often in short supply in Hartford. He was with Bankers Trust in New York and London, and since 1989 has been president and chairman of Haebler Capital, a private equity firm in Greenwich. Scott Frantz lives close to where he grew up in Riverside with his wife Icy and their four young children.
Voters in the 36th District are fortunate in being able to vote for such a qualified candidate for our State Senate, who also happens to be a very nice person.