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November 5th, 2013

Endorsement: Mayor Thomas G. Dunn

by Christopher O'Brien
Thomas G. Dunn

Thomas G. Dunn

Editorial by Chris O’Brien

Its also been about ten years since I first met Tom Dunn when he first sought a seemingly long-shot bid to become Mayor in 2003. Back then, Michael DeNegris faced a challenge from Republican Eileen Watts. Both had experience being entrenched in the office of Mayor. Dunn’s style was much different than either of the major party’s nominees. When he greets you, there is often a slight timid pause. Meeting any of the Dunns tends to be this way – first an enthusiastic greeting, and then allowing the resident to speak first while they quietly listen. In many ways, his campaign style then – and today allowed plenty of time for voters to quietly make up their mind on whether they were comfortable with the homegrown smiling man sporting a scruffy red goatee.

And its clear that they were.

The results of that election was like an earthquake. Voters clearly voted for change from the status quo with Dunn receiving twice as many votes as both of his political party opponents. And they’ve kept him with overwhelming support in each election ever since.

Dunn’s style often is to present the facts and his case simply to his audience. He always comes with careful research, and never asserts much pressure..

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November 5th, 2013

Endorsements: Council, Tax Collector, Treasurer, Town Clerk

by Christopher O'Brien

vote boxTown Council: The Town Council has done an excellent job at keeping our mill rate stable for the past 3 of 4 years. There have been few conflicts and in fact, most of the heated debate in today’s Mayoral race stem from decisions made by a Democratic Council a few years ago. The six Republicans all bring different skills to the table. First District Councilman Jeffrey Slavin is personable and asks honest questions. Rachel Wisler and Gale Mastrofranscesco equally ask probing questions and add plainspoken voices when they think money could be better spent. Roger Picard and Don Charette bring managerial experience to the table and current chairman David Valletta has allowed open dissent and discussion.

In addition, newcomer and local businessman Patrick Lerz has thrown his hat into the ring for 2nd District. You can only vote for two people fom that district, but three will get in. He has raised a family and business in town and would be a welcome addition.

Tax Collector: We endorse

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November 5th, 2013

Election Endorsements: Board of Education

by Christopher O'Brien

vote boxEditorial

By Publisher, Chris O’Brien

And here we are. Today’s the day when thirty-three out of fifty of our friends and neighbors who have stepped forward to serve our town will be elected to guide our community for the next two years.

I know many of those running and local politics can become very personal. Lt. Govenor Wyman visited town the other night and reminded one political rally that “we (in State government) rely on you to get things done.” She of course wants to elect more Democrats who are like minded by the state. But her point was very clear. Teachers who educate your children are hired here in town, not in Hartford or Washington. The curriculum is developed here as well – although the general guidelines come from somewhere else. When you dial 911, responders are also your neighbors. If the roads or dams are broken, then it is the Mayor’s responsibility to lay out plans to fix them. Parks, economic development and other services in our beautiful town are managed by groups of volunteers.

And if you look at the slate of names on the ballot today, remember that – most of them won’t receive a single dollar for their service.

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November 5th, 2013

O’Leary Electrifies Dunn Rally; Lt. Gov. Rallies Dems Towards Finish

by Christopher O'Brien
Mirella Dandio blows a horn as her father and Republican Town Chairman gets their car ready for a final motorcade Sunday afternoon

Mirella Dandio blows a horn as her father Greg Dandio readies gets their minivan for a Republican rally Sunday afternoon

By Chris O’Brien

Heavy hitters from Waterbury and Hartford pumped up political campaign rallies as teams gathered their supporters before their final push towards Election Day.

State Attorney General George Jepson addresses Democrats. Looking on are Chairman Tony Casagrande and Mayoral candidate Michael Gugliotti

State Attorney General George Jepson addresses Democrats. Looking on are Chairman Tony Casagrande and Mayoral candidate Michael Gugliotti

“We have two days and twenty minutes enjoy the pizza, because this is your last meal,” Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman told town Democrats in her trademark red dress and heels at J & M Pizza Sunday night. Second District Council candidate Anthony Gugliotti reminded supporters that their ticket had vastly more experience at running town government than Republicans. “I don’t see any reason why we shouldn’t be successful.”

Democrats were backing recently retired Waterbury Police Chief Michael Gugliotti to challenge current Mayor Tom Dunn’s 10 year record. But just down the road was another former Waterbury Police Chief giving a different kind of speech.

Thomas G. Dunn (PC) welcomes Neil O'Leary to a rally Sunday night. Looking on is his brother.

Thomas G. Dunn (PC) welcomes Neil O’Leary to a rally Sunday night. Looking on is his brother.

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“You don’t just wake up and say you’re qualified to become the Mayor of Wolcott. You put your time in with the community and townspeople. Your family gets involved intimately with the community. And that’s what the Dunn family and Tommy have done,.” O’Leary said, working up the standing-room only crowd of over 250. He and Dunn’s daughter Bridget warmed up the crowd noting Dunn’s record on taxes and keeping stable budgets.

Democrats echoed how important personal relationships are to local governance. Wyman recalled how she couldn’t leave supermarkets without getting stopped by neighbors to talk about her service on Tolland’s Board of Education. “The milk reached its expiration date before I left the store!” the restaurant erupted in laughter. Now, she says its easier because her role isn’t as direct.  “To me its the most personable and caring – you can deliver faster than any of us can (at the state level).” said Wyman.

CHECK BACK SOON AS VIDEO WILL BE ADDED….

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