Republican Bob Imperato Seeks State Rep Seat

by Diana Stricker | May 19, 2018 8:04 am

With PermissionRobert Imperato (pictured), who has expressed interest in the State Representative seat being vacated by Lonnie Reed, formally announced his intent to run for office yesterday.

Imperato appears to be the only Republican candidate who will seek nomination at the Republican Town Committee (RTC) caucus Tuesday.

Three Democrats will be vying for endorsement at the Democratic Town Committee (DTC) caucus May 29. Candidates include Robin Comey, a member of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM); Adrian Bonenberger, a veteran and political newcomer; and John Prins, a member of the Board of Education (BOE).

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John Prins Seeks Reed’s State Rep Seat

by Diana Stricker | May 18, 2018 10:10 am

With PermissionJohn Prins, a longtime Branford Board of Education (BOE) member, has tossed his hat into the ring for the State Representative’s seat now held by Lonnie Reed, who is not seeking a sixth term in office.

Prins, who is well-versed in state education law and has made many trips to the legislature on behalf of the school system over the years, plans to address the Democratic Town Committee (DTC) next week. He filed his papers before the State Elections Enforcement Commission (SEEC) Tuesday and was ready to announce his plans to the DTC Tuesday evening but the meeting was cancelled when storms ripped through the area.

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Robin Comey Seeks Reed’s State Rep. Seat

by Marcia Chambers & Diana Stricker | May 8, 2018 8:30 am | Comments (1)

With PermissionRobin Comey, long active in community and education issues in town, will announce her intention Wednesday to run for Branford’s State Representative, a seat now held by Lonnie Reed.

Comey has been a resident of Short Beach for more than 25 years. Her announcement is expected to take place on Johnson’s Beach Wednesday evening. She first ran for elective office last November when she won a seat on the Representative Town Meeting (RTM), where she serves on the Education Committee.

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Lonnie Reed Won’t Seek Reelection

by marcia chambers | Apr 23, 2018 8:50 am | Comments (1)

With PermissionLonnie Reed, who has served as Branford’s State Representative for the 102nd District for the last decade, will not seek a sixth term in office in the November election.

During her tenure, she has been instrumental in bringing biotech businesses to Connecticut and Branford, in preserving Long Island Sound and in making energy cleaner for the environment. She has long promoted renewable energy and led the way for a new law to protect consumers from electric supplier gimmicks that spike prices. Most recently she helped obtain state funds for the costs of a renovated and expanded Walsh Intermediate School and for the Blackstone Memorial Library.

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Needed For American Elections: Trust

by Diana Stricker | Apr 18, 2018 8:26 am | Comments (2)

Diana Stricker PhotoConnecticut’s top election official says the biggest repercussion from Russian hacking is the distrust it has created in the public’s perception of the election system.

“Educating the public is critically needed right now, about what’s going on with the voting system,” said Secretary of State Denise Merrill (pictured above). She was the keynote speaker during a forum Saturday sponsored by both the League of Women Voters of the East Shore, and Connecticut Shoreline Indivisible.  The event was televised by Branford’s BCTV. 

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Guilford Senatorial Candidate Seeks Holistic Approach to State’s Woes

by marcia chambers | Apr 6, 2018 10:00 am

With PermissionChristine Hunter Cohen, a Madison business owner and an education advocate from Guilford, wants to be the next 12th District Democratic senator, replacing Ted Kennedy Jr., who announced earlier this year he would not seek re-election.

Cohen, the owner of Cohen’s Bagel Company in Madison, lives in Guilford with her husband and three young children and serves on the Guilford Board of Education. In an interview, she said her experience as a small business owner and her commitment to public education are the driving forces in her decision to run for the senate seat.

“The state budget cuts have had immense impact,” she said in an interview. “And Connecticut needs to grow small businesses. We need to a take holistic approach to Connecticut, by looking at the whole set of issues rather than focusing on single issues. We need to look at transportation and we need to protect our environment. Let’s look at the whole picture and not departmentalize it. Let’s take a holistic approach.” 

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Blumenthal: Biggest Threat is Loss of Civil Liberties

by marcia chambers | Apr 3, 2018 8:04 am | Comments (2)

Bill O'Brien PhotoU.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) told the junior class at Branford High yesterday that while some might say North Korea is the biggest threat to our country, he believes the biggest threat “we have is to the rule of law, to our civil rights. I think we are in greater danger than at any point in my lifetime of losing critical rights and liberties.”

Bill O'Brien PhotoBlumenthal was responding to a question from one of 200-plus students who turned out for a Town Hall meeting in the BHS auditorium. The Town Hall meeting, which Blumenthal helped to arrange, took about an hour. Afterwards he answered numerous questions from students individually. Some were concerned about safety at their school, which they said had improved. The event was live-streamed so that teachers and students in classes elsewhere in the building could watch it.

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Kids Lead the Way at Guilford March for Our Lives

by Sally E. Bahner & Mary Johnson | Mar 26, 2018 8:11 am

Mary Johnson PhotoFrom the stage, State Rep. Lonnie Reed of Branford took in the huge crowd at Saturday’s “March for Our Lives” on the Guilford green. She served as emcee for the event. “It looks like Woodstock,” she said.

Mary Johnson Photo“You all look beautiful!” Reed (pictured) declared.

Along the shoreline, the focus of the march was Guilford, where some 2,000 people packed the green for a day of powerful words and music that was as poignant as it was uplifting.

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Shoreline Organizes for “March For Our Lives”

by Sally E. Bahner | Mar 15, 2018 7:33 am | Comments (1)

With PermissionGuilford is becoming the shoreline nexus for the “March For Our Lives” event planned for Saturday, March 24, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. It’s part of growing, worldwide effort, driven by social media, to call attention to the lives lost to gun violence and the need for stricter legislation. To date, more than 700 events are expected to take place.

Plans coalesced all over the country for marches in response to the shootings Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Guilford resident Frank Blackwell (top photo), a Guilford-based photographer, writer, and corporate filmmaker, began planning for the event immediately after the shooting.

“March For Our Lives” follows on the heels of the March 14 National School Walkout for Gun Control in which students all over the country and Washington, D.C., walked out of classes yesterday, calling for stronger gun control laws on the one-month anniversary of the Parkland shooting.



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Kennedy Won’t Seek Re-Election; To Focus on Disability Rights

by marcia chambers | Feb 28, 2018 10:28 pm | Comments (1)

File PhotoSaying his top priority must now be the fight to preserve the civil rights of the nation’s disabled, Democratic State Sen. Ted Kennedy, Jr., announced last night he will not seek a third term this year in the Connecticut State Senate.

Earlier this year Kennedy had been seen as a potential gubernatorial candidate until he withdrew his name from that pool, as well.

Kennedy, who lives in Branford with his wife, Kiki and their two children, is a disability survivor who lost his leg to bone cancer when he was 12. He was elected chairman of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) in June.  He has described his organization as the “foremost civil rights and public policy organization representing a whole cohort of people with disabilities across our country.” 

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