Posts tagged ‘election’

April 24th, 2016

GOP Candidate Interviews

by Christopher O'Brien

vote clipartRegistered Republicans will go to the polls on Tuesday to elect their preferred nominee for President. 28 delegates are at stake. Most recent polls suggest that each of the three candidates are likely to receive delegates. The question is how many. If Ted Cruz receives more than 20%, he’ll likely get 3 delegates. (Polls range from 17-21%). Kasich is polling in the high 20s which would result in at least 4 delegates. If Donald Trump receives more than 50%, he’ll get all 28 delegates- but if not, he’ll only get a proportion. His polls range from the low 40s to about 51%.

 

Unaffiliated and new voters have until noon on Monday to register – in person – at Town Hall. 17 year olds can vote as long as they turn 18 on or before November 8th.  WTNH has some resources to verify your eligibility and your voter location: WTNH Voter’s Reference Guide

We’re providing links to voter guides and interviews with all three candidates here below and later today.

Family Research Council’s Voter Guide on Family oriented issues: http://downloads.frcaction.org/EF/EF16B01.pdf

Politifact: Ascertains the truth or untruth of many of the candidates’ statements. They have their own biases, but can give a guide to what has been said. http://www.politifact.com/

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October 29th, 2015

Election Ballot Available

by Christopher O'Brien

Unsure who’s running? Want to view a sample ballot before Tuesday’s election?

We have you covered. Click HERE to view the offices and candidates for next week’s election.

Have an opinion about what issues you care about? We’re accepting Letters to the Editor until late Friday evening. Just e-mail them to WolcottWhisper@gmail.com . Please limit them to about 500-600 words at most.

2015 Wolcott Municipal Elections Sample Ballot

October 21st, 2015

Candidates Forum Thursday

by Christopher O'Brien

vote boxDo you know who you’ll be voting for in November?
Every two years voters will renew or change the neighbors who represent them in town government, and this year is no exception. The Junior Women’s Club will host a “Meet the Candidates” forum Thursday, October 22nd in the Tyrrell School gym. The event is free and refreshments will be provided.

Current Mayor

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May 31st, 2014

Town Referendum Today on $11.9 Million Road Bond

by Christopher O'Brien

Town residents head to Wolcott High School today to vote on whether to approve an $11,910,000 bonding projects for roads, schools and a new public works garage. The High School is the only polling place for the vote including for those residents who normally vote at Wakelee or Tyrrell schools. The polls are open from 8 am – 8 pm.

The bonding package, involves the following general areas:

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November 6th, 2013

2013 Election Results

by Christopher O'Brien
Wolcott High was jammed with voters at 6 pm Tuesday

Wolcott High was jammed with voters at 6 pm Tuesday

About 48.5% of registered voters showed up to the polls Tuesday according to data released by the Town Clerk on Wednesday. That’s about four points higher than the average for the past four municipal elections. An aggressive campaign by Democratic candidate Michael Gugliotti against five term uncumbent Tom Dunn likely fueled added interest in the race this year. In contrast, only 35% of voters showed up to vote in 2005 when Dunn ran unopposed but other local seats were up for grabs.

2013 Town Election Results

For the first time in several years, no candidate came close enough to force a recount.

Out of the 5,429 voters who turned out for the election, five candidates recieved over 3,000 votes: Mayor Dunn, Third District Councilor Roger Picard, Board of Education member Roberta Leonard, Constable Paul Gallucci, and Town Clerk Debbie Slater, who was uncontested. Dunn received 4,155 votes.

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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.

———————————————————————-View Video of Michael Gugliotti, Neil O’Leary and Bridget Dunn making their case HERE!

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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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October 30th, 2013

Meet The Candidates Wednesday

by Christopher O'Brien

vote clipartThe Junior Women’s Club is sponsoring their annual Meet The Candidates night tonight at Tyrell School. The event will start at 7 pm. All residents are invited to attend the free event. Refreshments will be offered.

While there are several heavily competitive races, this event is not a debate. Every candidate will have a few minutes to address the crowd on why they are runnign for the office they’re seeking.

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

October 8th, 2013

Wolcott Election Coming Soon!

by Christopher O'Brien

Wolcott residents have an opportunity to choose their locally elected leaders every two years. From appeals boards to Mayor, many of our neighbors volunteer their time to ensure our government runs smoothly and fairly. We choose residents to manage education curriculum, approve school contracts, and oversee our superintendant. Other residents will be chosen to manage the town’s budgets and set a tax rate for the next two years. Another resident will be chosen to collect those taxes and also be fair to those who are hampered by the economy in paying their taxes.

 

In all, 31 slots are open for elected office on November 5th. Yet, of the 50 candidates, whom will you choose? And what rational will you select one candidate over another?

In the coming four weeks, the Whisper will run articles about the election and profiles about the candidates. Every candidate is invited to submit a profile and will be asked to answer a few questions. These are intended so the public can make an informed choice for their leaders.

All residents are also invited to submit their views on any issue they feel is important, or endorsing any particular candidate.

 

All submissions may be editted for clarity and space and letters generally should be less than 550 words. Please e-mail us at WolcottWhisper@gmail.com .

November 28th, 2012

Election Never Ends… Ballots Being Counted Again

by Christopher O'Brien

Election moderators convened at Town Hall tonight to empty out bags of ballots to begin counting again. No, there isn’t a contested race from this month’s annual elections. Instead, tonight’s election audit is being conducted to make sure the new voting machines are working accurately. Since the introduction of the voting machines, state lawmakers have required that 10% of all voting precincts in Connecticut are audited to ensure accuracy. Wolcott’s voting district #1 was chosen as part of that audit.

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