Archive for ‘Election’

November 26th, 2013

Town Officials Installed

by Christopher O'Brien

 

Over 100 people were on hand while three local officials were sworn in on Veteran's Day

Over 100 people were on hand while three local officials were sworn in on Veteran’s Day

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Kate Anderson hugs Mayor Dunn after beginning his 6th term

By Chris O’Brien

On a cold Tuesday, the Town’s newly elected leaders were sworn in to their new offices before about 100 townspeople and supporters.

Besides Mayor Thomas G. Dunn who was re-elected for a sixth term, Darlene Tynan was sworn in by former Mayor Edward Wilensky.

Anthony Marino, the first new Town Treasurer in 18 years was also sworn in.

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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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June 8th, 2012

Malloy Vetoes Local Vote Request

by Christopher O'Brien

By Christine Stuart

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy vetoed a bill Wednesday that would have given local election officials discretion in deciding how many polling locations to open for a party primary. The measure also would have helped cities and towns save money.

In his veto message Malloy said he understands it may have saved municipalities money, but it has the “potential for undermining the right to vote.” That’s largely what made the bill “unacceptable” to him.

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Related: More turkeys than people voted during the latest primary here

April 23rd, 2012

Vote For An Energetic Conservative

by Christopher O'Brien

Commentary
I’m tired of being told who to vote for.

Year after year, Republican Party officials tell their registrants who they think our candidate should be. Then that candidate – because they’re rich, or have kissed their boots for years – loses. See John McCain, Bob Dole, and virtually every state Republican to emerge on the horizon in the past ten years. Do Connecticut Republicans have any Congressional or state- wide office holders today? No. Yet their Pravda –style message presses on. Romney is the ‘obvious nominee’… who’s still short 400 votes of the 1144 goal. According to today’s RNC count, he only has 51% of the delegates he needs for the nomination.

Despite his “obvious nominee” status, no crowds showed up on the sidewalk outside Romney’s rally for women’s businesses in Hartford last week. Passersby on their lunch break instead asked “what’s going on with all the TV trucks?” The message from the rally almost unraveled when reporters asked an obvious question: “What is Romney’s stance on the gender equal-pay law?” The Romney campaign answered with…. Silence. They had to

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November 14th, 2011

Marsella Wins Recount, Council Seats Wednesday

by Christopher O'Brien

First term Councilman Charles Marsella won a recount against fellow Democratic candidate David Gentile for a seat on the Town Council. The recount for the First District seat was held Saturday morning and Marsella garnered 1600 votes to Gentile’s 1592. There was a two vote difference between the recount and the original numbers during the election.

This finalizes the slate of members that will be seated at Council’s organizational meeting Wednesday evening at Town Hall. Mayor Dunn will be sworn in for his fifth term as mayor and the Council will then be seated at 7 pm, in accordance with the Town Charter.

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November 9th, 2011

Republicans Pledge To Work With Mayor; Landslide Against Dems; Turnout Low

by Christopher O'Brien

**Updated Thursday 8:30 am**
The VFW hall was filled with celebration as Republicans arrived from their Wolcott Rd. headquarters, learning what the next two years would bring. Across town at the East Street eatery, the mood was more somber as Democrats questioned what happened. For the first time in many years, long serving Democrats were ushered from office and replaced by a cadre of newcomesrs who pledged to work closely with Mayor Dunn. It is also the first time the Council has had a six member majority in at least a decade.

Dunn beat Democratic challenger Steven Olmstead 4180- 803.

The newly formed Town Council will be seated next Wednesday and have an entirely new dynamic. For the past two years, Council headed by four member minority Democrats Michael Santogatta and Steven Olmstead will see neither of the leaders. Fellow Democrat Michael Perrone lost re-election in a Row C gamble and even the fate of Charles Marsella hangs in the balance with a recount.

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November 7th, 2011

Republican Board of Education Candidates

by LonSeidman

Twelve candidates are on the ballot for Board of Education in Wolcott, six from each political party. There are no Row C candidates this year. While the Board will have nine members, votes may only choose six (6). They can be chosen from any of the candidates, even if you vote for a candidate that is in the same column as another choice.

Republicans currently hold control of the Board of Education with a 5-4 majority. All of the current officeholders are running again with the addition of retired Kindergarten teacher Roberta Leonard. Below you can see why Republicans would like you to return them to office.

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November 7th, 2011

Republican Candidates for Board of Assessment Appeals

by LonSeidman

The Board of Assessment Appeals is responsible for hearing challenges to the town’s assessment of personal property. A new revaluation is expected in the next two years which often increases this Board’s responsibilities. Below you will find the profiles of the Republican candidates seeking the office. Voters may select any two of the five candidates seeking the office.

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November 7th, 2011

Olmstead: I’ll Make Wolcott Better

by LonSeidman

Steve Olmstead

Two years ago, a picture ran in the Wolcott Community News featuring a dog, Steve Olmstead, and his mother. Above the photo were the words “My Mother Would Vote for Me”. Voters saw an honest, sincere and apolitical man intent on doing what’s right. “That ad is why people voted for me,” Olmstead explains. As folksy as it was, he won a seat to the Council with the second largest number of votes in town.

One day later, he was the newly seated Council’s Vice Chairman’s. The Council was a mix of factions, never seen before in Wolcott history. Four Democrats, one Republican and four Row C candidates all grappling to control the financial body. Olmstead didn’t align himself with any group of candidates in 2009 and was waiting for results on his home TV when a defeated councilman knocked on his door to congratulate him on his victory. The stocky moustached former pastor of Grace Living Church says he recognizes today’s financial difficulties and the need to guide Wolcott through it. “We’ve been here before three or four times since the 1970s and 1980s. Its nothing new,” he tells the Whisper. The local business owner and former pastor has had to balance payrolls, write checks and other tasks which he says will assist him to running the town like a busienss.

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November 6th, 2011

2011 Election Ballot

by LonSeidman

There are fifty two candidates running for seven offices this year. For some offices, you vote for two candidates, others three or six. (And more than that actually win, but that’ll confuse your job on Tuesday). You’ve seen the signs. Now here you can see where they are on the ballot.

Remember that in the last two elections, many offices have been decided by 7, 20, and 42 votes. As of this writing, not a single one has been counted. Our soldiers fought for this right – so do your research, and make sure you participate!

There are TWO sides to the ballot. Don’t forget to look at both!

2011 Ballot – Front Side

2011 Ballot – Back Side