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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Democratic Town Committee Elects New Leaders

by marcia chambers | Mar 9, 2016 1:03 pm

Marcia Chambers Photo The Democratic Town Committee (DTC) formally elected a new set of leaders last week whose plan is to rejuvenate and rebuild the party with the goal of recapturing town government in 2017. 

In the aftermath of a 2015 election slaughter, the entire executive board of the DTC, with the exception of Maggie Bruno, the DTC treasurer, officially resigned in November. Chris Sullivan was the former DTC Chair. Bruno is the only hold-over from Sullivan’s executive committee.

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Lonnie Reed Qualifies for Campaign Public Financing

by marcia chambers | Mar 8, 2016 11:22 am

With Permission State Representative Lonnie Reed (D-102) has met the qualifying number of small donations to participate in Connecticut’s Citizen Election Program, she announced today. 

“In just under 90 days, we’ve reached our goal for fundraising,” she said. “I am so grateful to all of the small donors who supported me in this effort. I also welcome their ongoing input and advice, which helps me continue to tackle the very important and difficult work we have in this legislative session,” she said.

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TK2 Considering Second Term

by marcia chambers | Feb 3, 2016 8:30 am

Paul Bass Photo Ted Kennedy Jr. plans to seek a second term as state senator of the 12th District, but has decided to formally announce his candidacy later on in the year.

Kennedy has served for one year. His second year, this one, is known as a short-session year, one that runs from February to May.

Wednesday is the “Opening Day” of the joint session of the Connecticut General Assembly’s 2016 legislative session. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy delivers his state of the state address at noon. It will be televised by CT-N.

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State Rep.Lonnie Reed Seeks Re-Election

by marcia chambers | Jan 18, 2016 8:40 pm | Comments (2)

With Permission Lonnie Reed will seek a fifth term as Branford’s 102nd District state representative, she announced today. Reed, a popular legislator and the Democratic incumbent, is House chair of the Energy and Technology Committee, a member of the powerful Finance Revenue and Bonding Committee, and has been instrumental in bringing bio-tech businesses to Branford. 

The 102nd District covers Branford except for Stony Creek and Pine Orchard, which state Rep. Sean Scanlon of Guilford represents. He announced his candidacy for a second term earlier this month, saying he wanted to work on gaining public financing before the session begins. Ted Kennedy, Jr., the 12th District’s state senator, is expected to seek a second term in office, but has not yet announced his candidacy. 

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