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THE ABSENTEE BALLOT IS TWO-SIDED:  Please read both sides for each district.  And done forget to vote for Registrar of Voters (column #11)!

CONNECTICUT GUBERNATORIAL CONTEST 2010 FINALLY OVER? YUP!  But now there must be special election on February 22, 2011 to fill open seats...


Special Elections For 3 Senate, 6 House Seats Set For Feb. 22
All But One Vacated By Malloy Appointees
The Hartford Courant
By EDMUND H. MAHONY, emahony@courant.com
7:16 PM EST, January 7, 2011

Special elections will be held Feb. 22 to fill nine state legislative seats, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill announced Friday.

All but one of the seats are being vacated by appointees to the administration of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. The exception is the 13th Senate District seat vacated by former Meriden Sen. Thomas Gaffey, who resigned this week after agreeing to plead guilty to larceny charges for double-billing travel expenses to the state and his political action committee.

The other open Senate seats are in districts 6 and 29 and were held by veteran former Democratic Sens. Andrew McDonald of Stamford and Donald DeFronzo of New Britain.

There will be elections for House seats in districts 20, 25, 36, 99,101 and 126. Those seats are being vacated by Democratic state Reps. John Geragosian of New Britain, David McCluskey of West Hartford, James Spallone of Essex, Deb Heinrich of Madison, Mike Lawlor of East Haven and Christopher Caruso of Bridgeport.

Merrill scheduled the elections by signing Writs of Special Election issued by Malloy. By law, Merrill said, the special elections must take place 46 days after the writs are issued, which is Feb. 22.

"We have a sea change in state government with a significant number of state lawmakers leaving the legislative branch to serve the Malloy administration," said Merrill, who is the state's chief elections officer.

[Please read the rest of this article in the archives at the Hartford COURANT website]

Foley concedes, finding 'no credible evidence' of fraud
Mark Pazniokas, CT MIRROR
November 8, 2010

Republican Tom Foley conceded the race for governor today to Democrat Dan Malloy, ending Connecticut's closest gubernatorial contest in a half century.  Nearly a week after the polls closed and three days after the last vote was counted in Bridgeport, Foley said he will not seek a court-ordered recount, despite errors and irregularities in Bridgeport.

Foley said a review of results over the weekend found "no credible evidence of fraudulent voting." He called Malloy's victory "conclusive," and he said he intended to call the Democrat after his press conference.

"I'll be congratulating him," Foley said.

The 5,637-vote margin of victory was well outside the statutory trigger for a mandatory recount: 2,000 votes or less.  An automatic recount is ordered only when the margin is 2,000, so Foley and his lawyers have been examining the chaotic results in Bridgeport, where a shortage of scannable ballots forced city officials to use thousands of photocopied ballots that had to be counted by hand.

With the delivery Friday afternoon of results from Bridgeport, the secretary of the state's office announced that Malloy won with 566,498 votes to 560,861 for Foley and 17,586 for Independent Tom Marsh.

The town-by-town results showed Malloy winning a three-way race for governor with just under 50 percent of the vote. It was Malloy, 49.48 percent; Foley, 48.99 percent; and Marsh, 1.54 percent.

[Please read the rest of this article in the archives at the CT MIRROR website]

Weston results only on this page, from here on down.
Click here for a sample of the absentee ballot in VOTING DISTRICT ONE (CT Senate district 28)
Click here for a sample of the absentee ballot in VOTING DISTRICT TWO (CT Senate district 26)

Click here to get the results from the Secretary of the State when they are available (Legislature is now up)

Weston's top of the ticket choices:  Gov. Foley, Senator Blumenthal, Congressman Himes

Winners in Weston ONLY, in all 11 races:

Foley/Boughton (Gov-Lt Gov)
Blumenthal  (U.S. Senator)
Himes  (4th District Congressman)
McKinney (28th) - Boucher(26nd)
Shaban (135th)
Farrell (Sec'y of the State)
Wright (Treasurer)
Orchulli  (Comptroller)
Jepsen  (AG)
O'Grady (Judge of Probate)
Moran (highest vote-getter for Registrar of Voters)

Weston candidates square off at debate
Weston FORUM
Written by Liz Skalka
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 11:42

More job growth, a lower deficit and a more efficient state government — while the goals are common, how to achieve them is still a matter of debate between candidates vying for the 135th House District.

Carl Bernstein and John Shaban running in the district, which includes all of Weston, Easton, and part of Redding, along with candidates in Redding’s other House district (the 2nd), squared off in a Redding League of Women Voters debate at the Redding Community Center last Wednesday, Oct. 20, responding to questions submitted by audience members about taxes, state government, education and transportation.

Weston’s Carl Bernstein, a Democrat, and Redding’s John Shaban, a Republican, are jockeying for the 135th District seat being vacated by John Stripp, who is not seeking re-election. Gabriel Rossi is also on the ballot as the Green Party-endorsed candidate, but he did not participate in the Oct. 20 debate.

The 2nd District candidates at the debate were Bethel Democrat Jason Bartlett, the incumbent, and his challenger, Republican Dan Carter, also of Bethel. The district includes parts of Danbury, Bethel and Redding.

While they were able to reach a consensus on some issues, opinions about others spanned differing personal and party ideologies.  Candidates were first asked by league moderator Charlotte Garrell to describe themselves and why they chose to run for office.

[Please read the rest of this article in the archives at the Weston FORUM website]

Himes-Debicella: Much to agree on, but lots of room for debate
Uma Ramiah, CT MIRROR
October 24, 2010

It wasn't so much the issues that divided Jim Himes and Dan Debicella at their Sunday night debate. Instead, the two 4th District Congressional candidates took shots at each others' voting history, campaigns and even integrity.

"Let's mark 15 minutes as the first time Jim Himes has lied to you today," said Debicella, in response to the claim that the League of Conservation Voters had rated his environmental record the worst of any state senator in Connecticut in past ten years.

"Our national energy policy should be the same as our national environmental policy, which is we need to get off of foreign oil," said Debicella, a state senator and the Republican nominee. Instead, he would encourage government incentives for research into alternative energy, whether natural gas, fuel cells, solar.

"Dan is trying to wear the coat of Chris Shays," said Democratic incumbent Himes, referring to his moderate Republican predecessor. "Shays was an environmental hero," he said, and Debicella is the opposite end of the spectrum.

But Himes also supported government investment in solar and alternative energies as a method of job creation.  As the campaign has unfolded, Himes and Debicella have disagreed strongly on issues including health care and the stimulus. Himes defends the health care bill, though with reservations, while Debicella calls for its repeal. Debicella calls the stimulus, which Himes supported, ineffective and "pork-filled."

[Please read the rest of this article in the archives at the CT MIRROR website]


The League of Women Voters of Weston, in conjunction with eleven area Leagues, will present a debate with Jim Himes and Dan Debicella, candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives 4th Congressional District, on Sunday, October 24. The event, free and open to the public, will be held from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., at the Clune Performing Arts Center at Wilton High School, 395 Danbury Road/Route 7 in Wilton. 

The Leagues of Southwestern Connecticut—the 4th Congressional District—have joined forces to present a centrally located forum for all area residents to learn the candidates’ positions on national and local issues, particularly those impacting the region.   Co-sponsors are the Leagues of Women Voters of the Bridgeport Area, Darien, Fairfield, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Redding, Ridgefield, Stamford, Weston, Westport and Wilton, hosting the event. 

The afternoon’s format will include questions collected from the audience and others prepared by League members. These questions will then be presented by moderator Kay Maxwell, former president of the League of Women Voters of the United States and currently executive director of the Stamford-based World Affairs Forum.

Jim Himes, a resident of Greenwich and former business and community leader, has been a Democratic member of the House of Representatives since 2008.  His Republican challenger, Dan Debicella of Shelton, is a business executive, and is currently serving his second term as State Senator from Connecticut’s 21st District.

Directions to the Clune Center for the Performing Arts:  map above.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization which encourages informed and active participation in government.   The League neither supports nor opposes any political party or candidate.   For information about joining the League, visit (your website) or call (your contact, title and phone number).


The CT Bar Association, the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA), and the League of Women Voters of Connecticut, Inc., (LWVCT) will host an attorney general debate on Monday, October 11, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Quinnipiac University School of Law’s Grand Courtroom in Hamden.

The debate will present an opportunity for three panelists to ask questions of the two attorney general candidates, Democrat George Jepsen and Republican Martha Dean, to help voters better understand their positions.

Panelists are Livia DeFilippis Barndollar, CBA member and partner at New Canaan’s Marvin Ferro Barndollar & Roberts LLC; David N. Rosen, of New Haven’s David Rosen & Associates PC; and Christine Horrigan, vice president and board member of LWVCT. Timothy S. Fisher, Hartford attorney and Distinguished Practitioner in Residence at Quinnipiac University School of Law, will moderate.

A limited number of seats are available. Admission is free. Those interested in attending should fill out an attendance request form at http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22B8Y9MTHTK.

Will candidates want to participate in an unscripted, open debate?

U.S. Senate poll;  what faces the next Governor?  Turnout Nov. 2 - who will vote?

LWV scraps three gubernatorial debates

Mark Pazniokas, CT MIRROR
September 24, 2010

Ignored by Republican Tom Foley, the League of Women Voters said today it was pulling the plug on three televised gubernatorial debates planned for Bridgeport, Stamford and Danbury.

But there still will be at least four gubernatorial and three U.S. Senate debates televised between Oct. 4 and 29, though none will include minor-party candidates.

The Independent Party's candidate for governor, Tom Marsh, had met the League's criteria for inclusion in the cancelled debates, as has the party's Senate candidate, Warren Mosler, for a series of Senate debates.

The criteria includes evidence of a significant campaign and public support, including having raised $50,000. John Mertens, a minor-party candidate for Senate, is on the ballot, but he did not meet the League's criteria.

"We cleared their hurdles, and they invited us. We were ecstatic," said Alice Marshall, a spokeswoman for Mosler, a successful businessman. "Warren is running to get out a message about full employment and prosperity, and this would have been a chance to be heard."

[Please read the rest of this article in the archives at the CT MIRROR website]

October 7, 2010 Ridgefield Playhouse - Save the Date!

The Ridgefield LWV is sponsoring a debate between those candidates running for the Connecticut State Senate District 26 (Toni Boucher and John Hartwell) and the 111th Legislative District (John Frey and Joseph Heyman).  The debate is scheduled for Thursday, October 7, 2010 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Road, Ridgefield.  Jean Rabinow from the LWVCT has graciously consented to be the moderator for the event.

The State Senator from the CT State Senate District 26 represents the towns of Bethel, New Canaan, Redding, Ridgefield, Weston, Westport and Wilton, and we have been advised that the incumbent, Toni Boucher will only be participating in two debates this year (one being Ridgefield’s).  Consequently, we would like to invite the Leagues in those Towns and members of their communities to join us at the debate on October 7th.

Primary results: Weston voters pick Malloy, Foley and McMahon
Weston FORUM
Written by Patricia Gay
Tuesday, 10 August 2010 21:25

Voter turnout was light today in Weston for the state Democratic and Republican primaries, with just 24% of all eligible voters casting their ballots.  Of the town’s 2,186 registered Democrats, 462 voted, as did 460 of the town’s 1,887 registered Republicans.  There were 29 Democratic absentee and overseas ballots cast and 38 Republican absentee and overseas ballots cast, for a total of 989 voters overall in the primaries. Unaffiliated voters and those registered with other parties were not allowed to vote in the primaries.

[Please read the rest of this article in the archives at the Weston FORUM website]


Party Primaries (Tuesday August 10, 6am to 8pm);  over-all election information here

Two electronic votings machines:

Formal portrait at left, "WIS" and its new facilities are part of the overall school system -  right, WHS volleyball team practice.

Weston Intermediate School (W.I.S.) site of Party Primaries August 10, 2010 from 6am to 8pm
Aug. 10 primary: Weston's polling place is moved

Written by Kimberly Donnelly
Wednesday, 21 July 2010 12:02

Weston’s regular polling place will change for the Aug. 10 primary elections because of construction and asbestos abatement at Weston Middle School.

Voting will take place in the gymnasium at the town’s newest school, Weston Intermediate School.

Town officials learned from school officials last week that the roof replacement project at the middle school — where elections normally take place — might make it necessary to move the polls from the gymnasium to the cafeteria.

But, Laura Smits, the Democratic registrar of voters, said when she and other officials did a walk-through of the building on Friday, July 16, they then learned that in addition to the roof replacement construction, asbestos abatement is also taking place at the middle school.

First Selectman Gayle Weinstein said that by law, no one under the age of 18 is allowed on a site when asbestos abatement is taking place. Although most voters are over 18 (17-year-olds who will be 18 by the general election Nov. 2 may also vote in their party’s primary), Ms. Weinstein said she did not want to disenfranchise any parents who might bring young children to the polls.

“We decided it’s not worth taking any chance with asbestos,” the first selectman added. She also did not want to ask the schools to hold off on the abatement, as that might cause costly delays to the construction project.

[Please read the rest of this article in the archives at the Weston FORUM website]

Why not have the League moderate a "cumulative time" format debate series?

Candidates question if debate format helps voters make the right choice
Mark Pazniokas, CT MIRROR
July 16, 2010

Oz Griebel was frustrated.  He saw the latest gubernatorial debate as another futile exercise, illuminating little about the abilities of the candidates to lead Connecticut.

"To me, it's how does a person think?" Griebel said. "What are their experiences? How do they react in difficult situations? How do they react in emotional situations?"

None of those questions were explored in a debate Wednesday night on NBC30 - or in most previous encounters, said Griebel, who is trailing in a three-way race for the GOP gubernatorial nomination.

His two would-be Democratic opponents, Dan Malloy and Ned Lamont, watched the debate and agreed with his assessment, but drew opposite conclusions.

Lamont is through with debates for the primary campaign.

Malloy says the answer is a wide-open format.

Griebel says he is with Malloy: The fewer the rules, the better -- and more debates, not less. Malloy has proposed a series of 17 encounters, one in every community with a daily newspaper.

"Hey, man, go for it," Griebel said. "I'll be right there."

[Please read the rest of this article in the archives at the CT MIRROR website]

Two courts hand down contradictory rulings on public financing
By Mark Pazniokas and Keith M. Phaneuf
July 13, 2010

In a dizzying one-two punch of state and federal court decisions today, the public financing of campaigns in Connecticut was upheld, but key provisions that could affect the race for governor were invalidated.

A federal appeals court ruled that the state cannot give supplemental grants triggered by an opponent's spending, while a state judge separately denied a motion to bar Republican gubernatorial candidate Michael C. Fedele from receiving $2.18 million in public financing.

Fedele's grant includes money that the federal court says was inappropriately given, but there is no legal prohibition on him from spending the $2.18 million awarded to him last week by the State Elections Enforcement Commission under the Citizens' Election Program, part of sweeping campaign finance reforms passed in 2005.

Superior Court Judge Julia L. Aurigemma today denied a request by Fedele's GOP rivals, Tom Foley and Oz Griebel, for a temporary injunction stopping him from spending his public grant. Foley immediately appealed to the Connecticut Supreme Court.

"We are disappointed in the judge's decision today, but we look forward to a trial on the merits of these issues and plan to appeal this preliminary ruling," said Justin Clark, Foley's campaign manager.

[Please read the rest of this article in the archives at the CT MIRROR website]

Special voter session set for Tuesday, July 27
Weston FORUM

Sunday, 11 July 2010 00:00

A primary election will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 10, at Weston Middle School between the hours of 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. Only registered Republicans and Democrats will be eligible to vote.

The registrars of voters will hold a special session at Weston Town Hall on Tuesday, July 27, from noon to 2 for the purpose of registering electors eligible to vote in the upcoming primary. At that time, the registrar will hear requests by persons removed, for adding their names to the registry list.

Questions may be directed to the registrars of voters at 203-222-2686.

Residents of Connecticut who are U.S. citizens and will be 18 years of age or older on Election Day (Nov. 2) may register to vote any weekday between 9 and 4:30 at Weston Town Hall.

Mail-in registration forms are available from the registrars’ office at town hall, as well as online on the secretary of the state’s Web site, www.sots.ct.gov, and on the town of Weston Web site, www.weston-ct.com.

Mail-in applications for new voters must be postmarked by Aug. 5, and received no later than noon Aug. 9.

The last day to register in person for new voters and for unaffiliated voters to declare a party is noon on Aug. 9 at the registrars’ office in town hall.

Absentee ballots may be obtained in the town clerk’s office. Absentee ballot applications may be downloaded from the secretary of the state’s Web site.

For more information, call the registrars of voters at 203-222-2686.

NEXT STOP ALONG THE ROAD TO ELECTION DAY:  Primaries for Governor on both sides expected.
Since the only real news at this point is who won the Party endorsements for office - those who received 15% of the Convention votes have the right to file for a Primary -  filings are not due for a while...


Gov. Rell Not Seeking Reelection in 2010; Stunning Announcement Shocks Capitol; Few Knew In Advance

Hartford Courant
Christopher Keating  on November 9, 2009 5:24 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

In a stunning announcement, an emotional Gov. M. Jodi Rell told reporters shortly Monday evening that she is not
seeking reelection...full story here.