Christine Cohen Avoids Primary Challengers for State Senate Seat

by Diana Stricker | Jul 2, 2018 7:35 am

File PhotoDemocrat Christine Cohen’s campaign for the 12th District state Senate seat is in full swing for the November election, with the news last week that there won’t be a primary challenge in August.

Cohen received the Democratic endorsement to fill the vacancy left by state Sen. Ted Kennedy, but two candidates were collecting signatures to force a primary run-off.  However, Westley Jackson and Andy Gottlieb, both Guilford residents, learned last week that neither had collected enough verified signatures to have their names on a primary ballot.

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Bonenberger Quits State Rep. Race

by Diana Stricker | Jun 11, 2018 7:30 am

It’s a whole new race as a potential Democratic candidate for the 102nd State Representative seat decides not to pursue a primary challenge.

Adrian F. Bonenberger (pictured above,) a Branford native and former infantry officer, will announce on Facebook this morning that he is ending his campaign. His decision comes on the eve of the deadline for filing required signatures for a primary race.

That means Robin Comey, who was endorsed by the Democratic Town Committee (DTC) May 29, will not have to face a primary challenge in August. Comey is hoping to succeed Democratic State Rep. Lonnie Reed, who decided not to seek re-election after serving the 102nd District for 10 years.

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Primaries on Tap for State Rep and State Senate Races

by Diana Stricker | Jun 6, 2018 10:00 am

Candidates are knocking on doors as the election season heats up — with potential primaries in both the race for Branford’s State Rep and the 12th District State Senate.  Democrats and Republicans have endorsed their candidates, but challengers are hoping to get their names on primary ballots by collecting enough petition signatures before June 12.

Democrats are expected to face a primary Aug.14 for the State Rep seat in the 102nd District, and also for the 12th District Senatorial seat.  However, no primary challengers have stepped up to challenge the endorsed Republican candidates in either race.

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Dems Pick Robin Comey for State Rep

by Diana Stricker | May 31, 2018 9:29 am | Comments (1)

Diana Stricker PhotoRobin Comey won an overwhelming victory Tuesday over two other candidates vying for the endorsement of the Democratic Town Committee (DTC) for the 102nd State Representative seat. Comey earned 35 votes at Tuesday’s DTC meeting, John Prins took 13, and Adrian Bonenberger took 8 votes.

Diana Stricker PhotoComey was also endorsed by State Rep. Lonnie Reed, who recently announced her retirement from the post she held for 10 years.

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Republicans Select Bob Imperato for State Rep

by Diana Stricker | May 25, 2018 8:00 am

Diana Stricker PhotoRobert Imperato, a Republican seeking the State Representative seat in Branford’s 102nd District, said his message “unifies us, rather than divides us.”

Imperato was unanimously nominated by Branford’s Republican Town Committee (RTC) and other registered Republicans at the caucus Tuesday evening. No other Republicans have expressed interest in the seat, but three Democrats are vying for nomination at the Democratic Town Committee (DTC) caucus May 29.

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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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