Kennedy, Wilson Differ On Tolls, Undecided On Right-To-Die

by marcia chambers | Oct 23, 2016 10:02 am | Comments (2)

Robert Rattner Photo Democratic State Sen. Ted Kennedy, Jr. and Republican businessman Bruce Wilson, Jr. engaged in a brisk and lively debate last week, agreeing with each other that the state’s education financing structure is broken and disagreeing on the use of tolls at the state’s borders. Each candidate agreed that any proposed right to-die legislation needs to be examined carefully.

A number of the questions raised dealt with seniors in part because their first debate was sponsored by the AARP and the League of Women Voters. (LWV).

About 200 people came out to hear the debate between the two candidates, who were back on stage for the first time since they debated in 2014 when they first ran against one another for what was then an open State Senate seat.  The debate was televised by BCTV.

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Wilson Makes Second Try for Kennedy Senate Seat

by Emily Patton | Oct 14, 2016 6:59 am

Emily Patton Photo Lured out of retirement by a mixture of boredom and curiosity, Bruce R. Wilson, Jr. arrived at New Haven’s H. Krevit and Co. in June 2015 on a rescue mission: the local manufacturing company was floundering in debt, and Wilson was tasked with keeping it afloat.

Having succeeded at the latter assignment—the company resurfaced from bankruptcy in the course of four months, adding 30 employees to its original roster of 40—Wilson set his sights on another project: the Connecticut State Senate.

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Second Time Around, Kennedy Campaigns on Record

by Emily Patton | Sep 28, 2016 8:05 am | Comments (1)

Emily Patton Photo In the 2014 election, which marked state Sen. Ted Kennedy Jr.’s first run for elected office, Kennedy’s campaign focused on introducing him to voters and familiarizing them with his ideas.  Now, he says, “It’s not just talk; it’s actually what I’ve done.”

As the November election draws near, Kennedy, who represents the 12th senate district, which includes Branford, Durham, Guilford, Killingworth, Madison and North Branford, says he is running on his record. He is also running on bi-partisanship, he says, specifically his commitment to working with Republicans across the aisle to get bills passed into law.

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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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