Women’s Marches: Power to the Polls

by Sally E. Bahner | Jan 24, 2018 8:32 am | Comments (1)

With PermissionWhatever you care about, whatever your priorities are, there was a place for you at any of the hundreds of Women’s Marches across the state… and across the country. For the second year, millions of women gathered to voice their sentiments about the current political scene and to use their power at the polls. 

The Eagle received comments and photos from marches in Hartford, East Haddam, and New York. 

Rallies last year protested Donald Trump’s inauguration. This year, the agendas grew, reflecting participants’ outrage at events over the past year: the threat to DACA recipients and immigrants, and LGBQT rights; the rise of racism; concerns about health care. The importance of voting and the drive to encourage more women to run for political office were also key. The #MeToo and pro-choice movements were supported, as well as a ban on fracking and threats to the environment. Add to the mix, the government shutdown, which took place at midnight Saturday.

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Scanlon Quickly Qualifies for Campaign Public Financing

by marcia chambers | Jan 20, 2018 8:19 am

Democratic State Rep. Sean Scanlon, who represents Guilford and Stony Creek and Pine Orchard in Branford, announced yesterday that within nine days of announcing his re-election campaign he had raised the necessary funds to qualify for Connecticut’s Citizens Election Program.

He didn’t quite beat his previous records (in 2016 he reached his goal within one week and in 2014 in just four days) but nine days is nothing to sneeze at.

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Buchanan “Wins” RTM Seat

by marcia chambers | Nov 15, 2017 8:36 am

(L-R): Jessica Buchanan and Michele Semper.One of two Democratic candidates for the Representative Town Meeting (RTM)  who tied for a seat following an official recount Saturday has decided to withdraw from the First District race. The First District is located in the heart of town.

Michele Sember, who tied for the RTM seat, decided to withdraw in favor of Jessica Buchanan. Both women had discussed a course of action during the recount and after being given several options. Initially Sember suggested they share the seat but that was not possible under current law. The RTM, the town’s legislative body, has 30 members representing seven election districts. 

In the end it apparently seemed better to take charge of the situation as opposed to leaving it to a coin toss, especially after a long campaign.

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Tie Vote Emerges for District 1 RTM Seat

by marcia chambers | Nov 11, 2017 3:58 pm

Marcia Chambers PhotoAn election recount today between two first-time candidates for the RTM in the First District was a stunner with each emerging the winner.The first district is located in heart of town. 

Michele Sember and Jessica Buchanan, both Democrats, were within one vote of each other (Buchanan at 572 and Sember at 571) when they arrived at the Registrar of Voters Office today at 9 a.m.

Marcia Chambers PhotoFour hours later, when John Mooney (L-seated), the head election moderator, announced the outcome, their one vote difference became a tie vote with each arriving at 573 votes. Sember went up two votes; Buchanan went up one. 

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Cosgrove Sweeps Branford

by Sally E. Bahner, Diana Stricker & Marcia Chambers | Nov 8, 2017 7:38 am

Mary Johnson Photo—UPDATE—Despite Democratic hopes of a “Trump effect” voter backlash in 2017, Republican First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove sailed to a reelection victory in Branford Tuesday, winning six of the seven voting districts against Democratic challenger Lynda Mollow. He took 60 percent of the vote. The Republicans kept a strong majority on the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) as well. But the Dems took the competitive Tax Collector’s race. 

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Steady Voter Turnout in Branford

by Sally E. Bahner | Nov 7, 2017 3:59 pm

Marcia Chambers PhotoThe political climate has changed significantly over the last year. So how are Branford residents responding?

Voters took to the polls this morning under sunny, crisp skies as they cast their vote for the town’s next first selectman, other top town posts and the next Representative Town Meeting, the town’s legislative body. Voting was described as steady throughout the morning. Polls remain open until 8 p.m.

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Murphy, DeLauro: Voters Paying Attention to Local Elections

by marcia chambers | Nov 6, 2017 10:03 am | Comments (2)

The state’s top Democratic leaders, U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy and U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, told a packed room at the Owenego Inn last night that this year people are paying attention to local elections.

“This is a local election, the first since Donald Trump won the presidency a year ago,” Murphy told the local Democratic Town Committee and more than 100 guests at its pre-election dinner last night at the Owenego Inn.  And it may be a unique one. Voters, he said, “are angry about what’s happening at the national level and if you can get them to make that connection between their anger about what’s happening in Washington and their desire to be a part of the process and the solution locally,” then this election will be a game changer, he said.

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Cosgrove, Mollow on Public Works, Coastal Issues

by Sally E. Bahner | Nov 4, 2017 8:22 am | Comments (1)

Sally E. Bahner PhotoThe need for a town Public Works building was discussed at length at Wednesday night’s Selectman’s debate between Republican incumbent Jamie Cosgrove and Democratic contender Lynda Mollow, the first they have held this campaign season.

The one-hour debate, cordial in tone, was sponsored by the League of Women Voters (LWV )of the East Shore and aired on Branford Community TV. Click here to listen to the debate. .

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First African American Woman Runs For Branford Public Office

by marcia chambers | Oct 30, 2017 7:23 am | Comments (3)

Marcia Chambers PhotoRoberta (Bobi) Gill-Brooks is making Branford history this election year as she becomes the first African American woman to seek public office in the upcoming election Nov. 7. She is running for tax collector on the Democratic ticket. She also believes strongly in what she calls her “family tree” of public service to the town of Branford.

Her family made history when her great-great grandfather John Williams was recruited in 1910 from North Carolina by Malleable Iron Fittings (MIF) to work at its plant on the Branford River.  Hers is one of the town’s most prominent African American families and one of the town’s first.

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