Posts tagged ‘Gugliotti’

November 6th, 2013

Tynan Captures Tax Collector; Dunn Cruises in Sweeping Victory

by Christopher O'Brien
Mayor Thomas G. Dunn hugs a supporter

Mayor Thomas G. Dunn hugs a supporter after winning re-election Tuesday night.

By Chris O’Brien

Despite a last minute appeal for change by Democratic nominee Michael Gugliotti, voters overwhelmingly returned Thomas G. Dunn to the Mayor’s office with 78% of the vote. Gugliotti received about 16% of the vote and Petitioning Candidate Steven Olmstead received 6% in his second bid for Mayor.

Hayley Conroy leans in to help her mother Cheryl vote at Tyrrell School

Hayley Conroy leans in to help her mother Cheryl vote at Tyrrell School

However, all eyes were on the Tax Collector’s race where where current Municipal Agent Darlene Tynan defeated Cheryl McQueen Brundage by about 350 votes. All vote tallies did not include absentee ballots. The final count will be available Wednesday morning.

There was standing room only at the VFW as family, friends, and well-wishers packed the hall.

“They sent out the report cards. Before I got all F’s,” giving reference to a piece of campaign literature received by many voters. “But tonight I received all V’s (for victory)!” said a beaming Tynan of her win.

(Correction: We originally reported the wrong candidate had won a seat to the Town Council from District 3. Joe DelBouno won that seat. We regret the error but thank a reader for the correction.)

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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

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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October 30th, 2013

Olmstead Hosts Forum Friday

by Christopher O'Brien
Steve Olmstead, Democratic Candidate for Mayor

Steve Olmstead (PC)

Steve Olmstead, who is one of two challengers for Mayor is inviting the public to ask him questions during a Town Hall style forum at Wolcott Town Hall Friday. The event will occur at 7 pm.

Olmstead says that he also invited mayoral candidates Tom Dunn and Mike Gugliotti to join him as well. Dunn declined citing previous commitments. It is unknown wehtehr Gugliotti will join him as of Tuesday evening.

Olmstead was the Democratic candidate for mayor in 2011, but this year is running as a Petitioning Candidate.

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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