Posts tagged ‘Democrats’

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 1st, 2013

Democratic Candidates for Board of Education

by Christopher O'Brien

BOEBuildingPhotoThe largest industry in Wolcott is education. With over 500 teachers and staff educating about 2800 students, the Board of Education is also the town’s largest employer. It manages a $32.2 Million budget -65% of all town expenditures. Members meet twice a month and are prohibited from receiving any payment by state statute.

Their role is to manage the school system, oversee the Superintendant, approve hires and resignation, approve curricula and many other roles. The Board is governed by State Statute and operates entirely independent of the Mayor and Town Council. The only role the Town C

ouncil has officially with the Board is approving the total requested whole budget allocation (For example, the Council can approve its $32.2 million budget, but has no input into any specific line item).

When new contracts are approved, Board and Superintendant often submit those contracts to the Council for approval.

Republicans currently have a 6-3 majority. Each party will present 6 candidates to voters to choose from on Election Day. Voters may select up to 6 candidates on their ballot, although 9 will be elected.

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October 29th, 2013

2013 Municipal Election Guide

by Christopher O'Brien

vote clipartHere we will provide links to stories about this year’s election. Check back often for updates.

Latest Update: Tuesday 3 pm -Endorsements added: Board of Education; Tax Collector, Treasurer, and Town Council; Mayor

Tuesday 11 am – video of speeches by Michael Gugliotti, Neil O’Leary and Bridget Dunn


1. Wolcott Ballot  – Here’s where you can see who’s running for each office and where their name will appear. Be sure to scroll down on the link to see BOTH sides of the ballot!

2. Not registered to vote yet? You can still vote in this year’s Election. Go to Town hall on Tuesday between 6 am and 8 pm with proper ID. Your ballot will be counted separately pending verification of your identity.

3. Want to meet the candidates and hear them speak? Tom Dunn and Michael Gugliotti each are holding wrap-up rallies Sunday. Republicans will join Dunn at the VFW at 6 pm. Democrats will join Gugliottiat J&M Pizza  at 7 pm. Refreshments will be served at each event and the public is invited. This may be your last chance to meet the candidates and ask them questions in person before Tuesday.

4. Name That Job – Do you know what a Town Treasurer does? How about a Zoning Board member? Click on this link to see descriptions for each elected official and what skills might be good for those candidates.

5. Go to WLCT96 to see candidates talking about why they are running. They presentations were at the annual Meet The Candidates night sponsored by the Junior Womens’ Club.

6. The Mayor’s Race has been the most competitive in ten years. Here’s a snapshot of that race. Profiles and links to candidate websites where you can see the candidate’s platforms in their own words, are below.

7. The race for Tax Collector has been equally intense. Cheryl McQueen Brundage faces her first election for the office and is being challenged by Darlene Tynan.

8. We know you’re here because you want the honest truth about candidates. You want to feel comfortable with your choices. Unfortunately, campaigns often get ugly and its hard to know what’s fact from fiction. In this section, we’re try to give you the background on issues… and call out what’s just an exaggeration… or if there may be some truth:

a) Tax Collector: Does Darlene Tynan really deserve an “F”? (coming soon)

b) Dirty Water: Mike Gugliotti accuses Tom Dunn of violating the Charter. Did he? (coming soon)

9. Candidate Profiles. Here they are. Keep checking back as we update this list. The number after the office shows how many profiles there are for each. In reverse order by office:

Zoning Board of Appeals   1 / 6

Board of Education – Democrats  3/6

1st District Town Council  2/6

Town Treasurer 3/3

Tax Collector’s race – article 2/2

Mayor 1/3

April 26th, 2013

Markley: Democratics Requesting More Than Malloy

by Christopher O'Brien

By Joe Markley

Back in February, the Governor claimed his budget reduced spending by $1.8 billion. In fact, his proposed budget actually increased state spending by nearly 10% over two years.  All he did was trim the rate of government growth; he made no actual reduction in spending.  In fact, the state will spend an additional $2.9 billion over the next two years under the governor’s proposal.


Now the Appropriations Committee has made a bad budget worse, spending approximately $55 million more than the Governor requested.


It bears repeating: we need to get our fiscal house in order. The Appropriations proposed budget not only increases spending but is also imbalanced. The majority party wants to redefine the budget cap, which is the height of hypocrisy. The spending cap has been changed repeatedly since it was put into place over twenty years ago, in the aftermath of passage of the state income tax.  In every case, spending has been removed from the cap—it’s a one-way deal, designed to thwart the clear will of the taxpayers.


While the Appropriations Committee was making its budget recommendations,

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April 24th, 2013

Foley Still Seeks Ethics Overhaul

by Christopher O'Brien
Tom Foley with Sen. Joe Markley

Tom Foley with Sen. Joe Markley

By Hugh McQuaidPresumptive Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley doubled down Tuesday on an ethics bill the Government Administration and Ethics Committee let die earlier this month after it was comdemned by lawmakers of both parties.

Foley and Sen. Joseph Markley, R-Southington, held an afternoon press conference in the Legislative Office Building, to reiterate the need for legislation to curb conflicts of interest in state government.


Foley, who lost a close election to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in 2010 and has been positioning for another run next year, testified before the legislature’s open government committee in March in support of a bill prohibiting lawmakers or a members of their immediate family from being paid more than $1,000 from an employer that benefits from state funding.

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January 7th, 2013

Sampson Votes Against State Budget Mitigation Plan

by Christopher O'Brien

By Rep. Rob Sampson

Rep. Rob Sampson

Rep. Rob Sampson

First things first, Happy New Year!  I’m writing this month’s column on New Year’s Eve and it has me thinking about some of the important events of 2012 and also looking forward to how we can make 2013 a better year.  Without a doubt, the biggest issue that has been on everyone’s mind for not only 2012 but for the past few years is the poor state of our economy, both as a country and also right here in Connecticut.

Just before Christmas, the State Legislature was called back into special session ostensibly to clean up our previous budget mess and to vote on a deficit migration plan put forward by the Governor to plug a $415 million budget deficit created by his 2011 tax plan.   The Governor met with legislative leaders to craft a compromise and come up with a solution to the deficit.

Unfortunately, the final product was something I could not support.

I do want to make it clear that there are many well intentioned people that did vote in favor of that plan.  The problem is

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August 10th, 2012

Donovan Defends Record in Southbury

by Christopher O'Brien

Donovan speaks to the Democratic Club in Heritage Village Photo: Christine Stuart

By Christine Stuart

Southbury First Selectman Ed Edelson told the Heritage Village Democratic Club Thursday that it really irks him when he hears people say they don’t want to send a career politician to Congress.

It’s like saying you don’t want an auto mechanic to fix your car, or a plumber to fix your leaky faucet, he said in introducing Chris Donovan to a small group of about 20 people.

“You don’t become Speaker of the House overnight,” Edelson said.

Edelson cited Donovan’s experience as a lawmaker for 20 years and his ability to bring people together as two reasons he’s supporting him on Aug. 14.

While there are no public polls on the three-way race between Donovan, former state Rep. Elizabeth Esty, and Dan Roberti, the dollars being spent on television advertising seem to point to it being a horse race between Esty and Roberti. Of course, since there is no public polling in the race, Donovan could still be in the lead. It will all depend on whose supporters come out to vote on Aug. 14.

It’s like saying you don’t want an auto mechanic to fix your car, or a plumber to fix your leaky faucet, he said in introducing Chris Donovan to a small group of about 20 people.

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November 15th, 2011

Murphy Blasts Tea Party, GOP Early in 2012 Race

by Christopher O'Brien

Chris Murphy

By Richard Weizel
The Daily Norwalk

U.S. Rep. Christopher Murphy, in his third term representing Connecticut’s Fifth District, says he’s “more frustrated” by government inertia than at any time during his 14-year political career.

But that isn’t stopping the 38-year-old Democrat from seeking the seat being vacated by longtime U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman.

“The Tea Party and Republican extremists in Congress, especially in the House, have brought the economy to a grinding halt to hurt President (Barack) Obama’s chances for re-election next year,” said Murphy, a former state legislator who now represents northwestern and central Connecticut in Congress.

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November 6th, 2011

Democrats Running for Town Council

by LonSeidman

Here are the candidate profiles submitted to the Whipser from Democratic candidates for the Town Council. The Whisper asked 4 questions of the candidates and profiles will be added as they are received.

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October 28th, 2011

Olmstead Announces Website

by LonSeidman

Steve Olmstead, Democratic Candidate for Mayor

Campaigning is going high tech this year.

With some candidates posting Facebook profiles, and just a week after Mayor Tom Dunn announced a new town governmental website, his Democratic opponent announced the launch of a website of his own. Steve Olmstead announced his website at a candidates’ forum at Tyrrell Middle School Thursday night. The website includes a listing of the Democratic slate and letters endorsing him.

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