Primary for State Offices Aug. 14

Republican and Democratic primaries will be held Tuesday, Aug. 14. Polls will open at 6 a.m. at all seven districts in Branford, closing at 8 p.m.

To be eligible to vote in the primary, you must be on that party’s enrollment list in Branford for its party’s primary. To register to vote in Connecticut, you must be a United States citizen; be a resident of a Connecticut town; be at least 17 years old (you can vote when you turn 18); have completed confinement and parole if previously convicted of a felony and have had your voting rights restored by Registrar.

Republican candidates for Governor in the primary are Mark Boughton, Tim Herbst, Steve Obsitnik, Bob Stefanowski, and David Stemerman.

For Lieutenant Governor, Joe Markley, Jayme Stevenson, and Erin Stewart.

For State Treasurer, Thad Gray and Art Linares.

For Comptroller, Kurt Miller and Mark Greenberg.

For Attorney General, Sue Hatfield and John Shaban.

Democratic candidates for Governor are Ned Lamont and Joe Ganim.

For Lieutenant Governor, Susan Bysiewicz and Eva Bermudez Zimmerman,

For Treasurer, Shawn Woodes and Dita Bhargave

For Attorney General, William Tong, Paul R. Doyle, and Chris Mattei.

In Branford, there are no primaries for the 12th District State Senate seat, currently held by Ted Kennedy; or the 102nd District State Representative seat, currently held by Lonnie Reed. Both announced their decisions not to seek re-election.

Democrat Christine Cohen of Guilford and Republican Adam Greenberg of Branford are running for the 12th Senate District. Democrat Robin Comey of Branford and Republican Robert Imperato of Branford are competing for the 102nd House District. Democrat Sean Scanlon is running uncontested for the 98th House District covering Branford and Guilford. Their outcomes will be determined in the Nov. 6 election.

Information Sessions

The Connecticut Conference Of Independent Colleges (CCIC) will co-host a Republican and a Democratic gubernatorial candidate forum with the Connecticut Mirror and Connecticut Public Radio and the events will be moderated by WNPR’s John Dankosky:

Republican Candidate Forum is today, Monday, Aug. 6, with a reception from 6 to 7 p.m. The forum will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield University, 1073 North Benson Road, Fairfield.

Democratic Candidate Forum takes place on Tuesday, Aug. 7, with a reception from 6 to 7 p.m. The forum will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Bucknall Theater, University of New Haven, 300 Boston Post Road, West Haven.

WFSB (Channel 3) will broadcast a series of political debates in partnership with UConn, moderated by Dennis House. Gubernatorial Primary Debate for the Democratic candidates will be Tuesday, Aug. 7, at 3 p.m.; and for the Republican candidates on Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 3 p.m.

Where To Vote

Each of Branford’s seven polling locations for the primaries will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

District 1:  The Branford High School Old Gym, 185 East Main Street (changed from the Branford Community House to due to construction).

District: 2: St. Therese Church, 105 Leetes Island Road.

District 3: Orchard House, 421 Shore Drive.

District 4: Fire Headquarters, 45 North Main St.

District 5: Indian Neck School, 14 Melrose Place.

District 6: Mary T. Murphy School, 14 Brushy Plains Road.

District 7: Mary R. Tisko Elementary School Gym, 118 Damascus Road (changed from the Walsh Intermediate School due to construction).


Special Voter Registration and/or enrollment sessions for voting in Republican or Democrat Primary will be held on Monday, Aug. 13, 9 a.m. to noon, at the Registrar of Voters Office 40 Kirkham St. Any further questions, go to the Registrar of Voters website.

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