Legislators Honored For Roles In Economic Development

by Diana Stricker | Aug 24, 2018 7:47 am

Vine & Branch PhotographyTwo Branford legislators were honored Wednesday by Catherine Smith, commissioner of the state Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), for their accomplishments in economic development.

State Rep. Lonnie Reed (D-Branford) and former State Rep. Pat Witlitz (D-Branford and Guilford) were honored during a Women’s Day luncheon at the Connecticut Open tennis tournament in New Haven.

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Change is Coming to Branford

by Diana Stricker | Aug 20, 2018 7:50 am | Comments (1)

File photoNow that the primary is over and the general election looms in about two months, the question in Branford is: who will be the next Lonnie and the next Ted?

It’s not just a question of who will succeed Democrat Lonnie Reed as state rep in the 102nd District; or who will succeed Democrat Ted Kennedy Jr. as state senator in the 12th District. 

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Branford Goes for Lamont, Stefanowski

by Sally Bahner | Aug 14, 2018 11:39 pm | Comments (4)

Photo by Sally BahnerBranford residents cast some 3,584 votes in Tuesday’s state primary election, making for an overall turnout of just 17.5 percent. All numbers reported are approximate and subject to final verification.

Democrat gubernatorial candidate Ned Lamont and the Democrats led the turnout in all seven districts. Lamont was the overwhelming winner with 1,872 votes over Bridgeport Mayor Joseph Ganim’s 310.

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Primary for State Offices Aug. 14

by Sally Bahner | Aug 6, 2018 7:56 am

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.

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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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Families Belong Together Marches

by Sally E. Bahner | Jul 1, 2018 1:25 pm | Comments (2)

Barbie Dubois.PhotoRallies and marches are continuing across the country. Since the inauguration of Donald Trump, people across the country have rallied for women’s issues, health care, gun control, and now protection of immigrants. Despite the intense heat and humidity over most of the country, people turned out in droves. More than 750 demonstrations were held covering each of the 50 states and Puerto Rico.

Barbie Dubois.PhotoThree Connecticut towns hosted rallies Saturday – in Middletown, where US Rep. Rosa DeLauro spoke; the Two Wrassling Cats, in the small town of East Haddam, which is turning out to be a hotbed of progressive activity; and Deep River Town Hall.

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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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