The race for Connecticut's Fifth District Congressional seat could be a historic one.

Sherman's gay first selectman, Republican Clay Cope, is challenging incumbent Democratic Rep. Elizabeth Esty, who is up for a third term.

The candidates spoke with Eyewitness News on Monday.

Cope has said he could do a better job than his opponent, who has pushed for more gun control and enhanced services for veterans.

For Esty, gun control has been a top tier issue during the election.

However, Cope told Eyewitness News that his primary concern is growing the economy.

Esty has defended her record on jobs, particularly in the areas of science and math.

Cope, unlike many other Connecticut Republicans, has been public about his support for Donald Trump because he is the party's nominee.

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