Politics

Republican Chris Kelly Runs for State Rep

by Diana Stricker | Aug 19, 2016 6:59 am

Chris Kelly, the manager of a bagel shop, plans to challenge incumbent State Rep. Lonnie Reed (D-Branford) in the November state legislative election. Kelly will hit the campaign trail running, especially since he started late in the race.

Kelly, who is also a realtor, was unanimously endorsed by the Republican Town Committee (RTC) to replace candidate Ray Ingraham, the chair of the RTC, who withdrew from the state race late last month after announcing he falsely signed donor forms when applying for state public campaign financing. 

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SEEC Sends Ingraham Election Case to Enforcement Unit; Denies Grant

by marcia chambers | Aug 4, 2016 8:18 am | Comments (2)

File Photo The State Election Enforcement Commission’s (SEEC) will conduct an inquiry into Ray Ingraham’s public financing campaign application in connection with his race for state representative on the Republican ticket. The SEEC also voted yesterday to deny Ingraham’s grant application for state public campaign funding based on the application itself.

Ingraham, the chair of Branford’s Republican Town Committee and the majority leader of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM), announced he was quitting the state rep race a week ago. The   SEEC had been questioning the authenticity of his campaign application, delaying his funding under the Citizens Election Program (CEP).  He also cited personal reasons for his withdrawal from the race. 

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Ingraham, Facing SEEC Inquiry, Withdraws from State Rep Race

by marcia chambers | Jul 29, 2016 7:57 am | Comments (5)

File Photo Saying he made a “serious error in judgment” when he falsely signed donor forms when applying for state public campaign financing, Ray Ingraham, chair of Branford’s Republican Town Committee and a leader of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM), withdrew from the race for state representative yesterday.

“This is my fault, and was avoidable,” he said in admitting that he failed to follow the rules. According to State Election Enforcement Commission (SEEC) minutes, his request for state campaign financing was still pending when he announced his withdrawal from the race yesterday.

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Lt. Guv Wyman Dishes On State and National Politics

by Emily Patton | Jun 21, 2016 7:59 am | Comments (1)

Sally E. Bahner Photo Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman stopped by the Branford Festival Saturday afternoon to lend her support for fellow state Democrats seeking re-election in November, to pose for photographs with them and to say hello to voters.

The Eagle caught up with her for an interview after she stopped by the Democratic Town Committee’s tent. There, she shared her opinions on the upcoming local and national elections, and the role she expects her party to play.

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State Rep. Lonnie Reed Kicks Off Campaign

by marcia chambers | May 24, 2016 6:59 am | Comments (2)

State Rep. Lonnie Reed (D-Branford) kicked off her 2016 election campaign last week, saying it was time to “re-imagine Connecticut,” to bring back the economy, and to build on the town’s bio-tech, medical and manufacturing sectors to help lead the way. 

She described the difficult last days of the legislative session and the serious cuts to the state budget “because the money is just not coming in. ...It is never going to rain money the way it was when we were living in the bubble like everybody else.”

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Branford: Bernie Berns, Trump Triumphant

by Sally E. Bahner | Apr 27, 2016 1:40 pm

File Photo Democrat Bernie Sanders may have lost Connecticut to Hillary Clinton, but he won in Branford yesterday, possibly fueled by a high turnout of young voters, and a high turnout in general, averaging around 50 percent across the seven election districts.

As expected, Donald Trump carried all seven districts on the Republican side, as well as all the states holding primaries Tuesday.

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Presidential Primary Day in Branford

by Marcia Chambers & Sally E. Bahner | Apr 26, 2016 6:59 am

UPDATE—Democrat Registrar of Voters Dan Hally predicted this afternoon that turnout for the Branford Presidential primary would be 45 to 50 percent.

As of around 3 p.m., he said 31.9 percent of eligible voters had cast their ballots, “a good number,” he said, especially given a windy, rainy day. That translates into 3,106 out of 9,700 Branford voters.

Hally said that District 2 had the highest percentage of voters – 35.6 percent; that’s 371 out of 1,043. District 5 had the highest number overall at 561.

“There’s a lot of passion this year,” he said. “We want an 85 to 95 percent turnout!”

Connecticut is one of five Northeast states holding primaries today and turnout is expected to be higher than in past presidential primaries. In 2012, there was a Republican primary, but no Democratic primary because President Barak Obama was running for re-election.

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Kennedy Makes It Official

by marcia chambers | Apr 6, 2016 2:19 pm | Comments (1)

File Photo Ted Kennedy Jr., (D-Branford) made it official today, filing candidate papers with the State Elections Enforcement Commission (SEEC) seeking a second term in office as state senator of the 12th District.

In a formal announcement, Kennedy stated that he is “extraordinarily grateful to the residents of Branford,Guilford, Madison, North Branford, Durham and Killingworth,” the six towns that comprise the 12th District.

Kennedy told the Eagle in an interview today that he plans to seek public financing for his election campaign. 

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Ray Runs For Branford State Rep

by Diana Stricker | Apr 1, 2016 8:10 am | Comments (1)

File Photo Ray Ingraham, who chairs Branford’s Republican Town Committee (RTC), says it’s time to set his sights on the state legislature.

“It’s been a desire of mine for a while to seek a higher office,” Ingraham told the Eagle. He has been a member on the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) since 2011, and has served as Republican majority leader since 2013.

“It’s time to see what else I can do,” he said.

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