House: 23rd District

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Mary Stone, Democrat

Endorsed - View The Day Editorial Endorsement

Occupation

Writer/Editor

Town

Old Lyme

Incumbent

No

Contact

Phone: 860-434-7754

Email:

Age (as of Nov. 4, 2014)

60

Family

Mary Stone and Joel Hawkins have been married for 30 years. Their daughter Abby is 23.

Education

University of Illinois, BFA Industrial Design, 1982.

Civic Involvement

Old Lyme Land Trust, 1994–1998 Florence Griswold Museum and Lyme Historical Society, 1995–2000 Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library, 1995–2008 Co-President, Friends of OL–PGN Library, 2004–2007 Public Access Television, 1995–2009 Comcast Cable Advisory Board, 2006–2008 Lyme-Old Lyme Public Schools, 1996–2008 The Community Coalition, 2001–2008 Woman's Exchange of Old Lyme, 2003–present Voices for Good Government, 2002–present CASFY (Community Action for Substance-Free Youth), 2005–2009 Old Lyme Democratic Town Committee, 2011–present Lyme-Old Lyme Education Foundation, 2012–present Mary's service includes making the first documentary of Old Lyme's Historic District ("A Walking Tour of Lyme Street," 1998). She initiated videotaping Board of Education meetings to air on public access television (1997-1999), a practice that the Board of Selectmen also soon adopted. She served as President of the Friends of the OL-PGN Library for three years (2004-2007), during which time the Friends greatly increased their fundraising and provided the Library with its first wireless network, in addition to other new materials and technology.

Elected/appointed offices held

Lyme-Old Lyme Board of Education: 2 terms, (1999-2007); Secretary, 2000-2003; Building Committee, 2000-2006; Communications Committee, 2000-2007. Old Lyme Zoning Board of Appeals: 2 terms, (2011– present), as an Alternate and a full Member. Secretary, 2013–present. Old Lyme Open Space Commission: Appointed as an Alternate in 2014.

Other government service

Poll worker in local, state, and federal elections.

What makes you the best candidate for this office?

Connecticut's economic edge can be restored by fair and equitable taxation for business and property owners, attracting and retaining good employers, and strengthening public education and environmental preservation. To achieve this, we will have to make some difficult decisions. The knowledge and experience gained in two decades of service to the Lyme–Old Lyme community make me the best candidate to serve our towns in Connecticut's General Assembly. I am a fiscal conservative who works across party lines to find the most compassionate, common sense solutions. On the Lyme-Old Lyme Board of Education, I wrote the first newsletter from the school district to taxpayers and parents, providing a window on every aspect of the school district and its finances. On the Building Committee to renovate our schools, I helped plan the scope of the High School renovation and did a great deal of preparation and community education for each referendum. In renovating our Middle School, I recommended renovating “as new,” thereby saving local taxpayers $2.2 million in bonding costs. Without a thorough knowledge of the process, those savings would not have been apparent. For the Zoning Board of Appeals, I research the best way to make our rulings more consistent, to better serve homeowners. On the Open Space Commission, we work to preserve precious land. On the Lyme-Old Lyme Education Foundation, we fund initiatives to test innovative educational concepts without using taxpayer money. I listen to people, research answers, and work hard for solutions. The goal is to increase transparency and accountability, thereby increasing public confidence. I advocate this approach to state government. Straightforward accounting practices and steady improvements in efficiency will restore confidence in our public institutions. This is the work I love, and you are the people I want to serve.

Estimates of the state's unfunded pension and benefit liability for retired teachers and state employees are in the tens of billions of dollars. Should the state continue offering a defined benefit pension plan or switch to some type of 401(k) defined contribution plan, which has become standard in the private sector? Please explain why you do or do not support such a change.

People need a plan to help them save for retirement and old age, but this plan must be renegotiated to the point where it is reasonable for both taxpayers and employees. Obviously, we can't afford to continue as before. However, we must not welch on the promises we have made. Therefore, we must be much more careful in our agreements going forward. Future pension plans must be negotiated differently. I support the changes negotiated in the last contract negotiations, which have resulted in decreases in our state's unfunded liabilities. Although the state legislature does not negotiate benefits between state employees and their employers, the legislature is in a position to either ratify or reject these negotiations. Therefore, I would be open to reviewing the defined benefit plan of all future employees, while honoring previous commitments made to current teachers, state employees, and current retirees.

If a bill came before the General Assembly to repeal or amend the gun control law passed last session after the school shootings in Newtown, would you vote to amend the law? If so, what would you want to change?

Let me be perfectly clear: I support the lawful and responsible possession of firearms. Although it isn't perfect, the last year's law worked: 99.6% of Connecticut gun and ammo owners chose to act responsibly by registering their weapons and ammo. Looking forward, we should continue to do background checks on gun and ammunition purchases. However, the “ammunition eligibility certificate” section of the law does not appear to be working in the way it was intended and should be amended. At the heart of every gun tragedy is an undiagnosed, untreated, or unresolved mental health issue. Over the past decades, Connecticut has closed many avenues of help for those needing mental health services. The allocation of public mental health resources should emphasize early intervention for children and adolescents. A stronger support system will help assure that people of all ages who need help can get it quickly.

Devin Carney, Republican

Occupation

Small businessman

Town

Old Saybrook

Incumbent

No

Contact

Phone: 860-388-7612

Email: carneyfor23@gmail.com

Age (as of Nov. 4, 2014)

30

Family

Mother - Debra, Father - Paul, Sister - Shaine

Education

Graduated Old Saybrook High School in 2002, BA from Brandeis University in 2006

Civic Involvement

Lector at Grace Episcopal Church, The Kate (on the board fo their annual Oscar night fundraiser), Shoreline Soup Kitchens and Pantries, Old Saybrook Chamber of Commerce, ASPCA, Habitat for Humanity, Career Beginnings, Gladeview

Elected/appointed offices held

N/A

Other government service

Served on various campaigns (statewide and local) including Carl Fortuna's landslide victory in 2011 and in charge of the 2nd District for a statewide election. Taught government to New Britain high schoolers. Substitute taught for schools in the district.

What makes you the best candidate for this office?

Hartford is full of career politicians and partisanship – I believe things must change and it's time for my generation to step up and be part of the solution. My life/work experience is quite substantial for my age and that has provided me the ability to relate and empathize with folks across the district. I, like many, have a home-based business and student loan debt, while facing a poor economy in Connecticut. Relevance is important in any position, and the office of the State Representative is no different. Too often I hear about people graduating from college, unable to move back to Connecticut due to the lack of opportunity, and many of those who do, end up working at low-paying jobs while attempting to pay off debt. As you know, 49% of people would leave if they could and Connecticut has the 2nd worst rate of retention for people aged 25-34, a critical group in building the economy for the future. My hope is to change this by working to promote job growth, reduce waste, make it easier to do business in Connecticut, alleviate costs on seniors, and allow families the affordability to grow. I will not allow party politics – or Hartford – to dictate how I vote. There is too much one-party rule; a diverse chorus of voices is necessary to pass the best legislation. I have proposed monthly sessions in each town across the district to understand how I can be the most effective voice for the people. I will use social media and technology to interact with the constituents as frequently as possible. In addition, I have a passion for public service. I have been involved in various volunteer organizations such as Grace Episcopal Church, OS Chamber of Commerce, Shoreline Soup Kitchens/Pantries, and the ASPCA.

Estimates of the state's unfunded pension and benefit liability for retired teachers and state employees are in the tens of billions of dollars. Should the state continue offering a defined benefit pension plan or switch to some type of 401(k) defined contribution plan, which has become standard in the private sector? Please explain why you do or do not support such a change.

Currently the state's pension crisis is upwards of $44 billion (possibly more dependent on alternative calculations). Those numbers would require everyone in Connecticut to pay over $12,000 of addition taxes to close the gap of the largest pension systems in the state. The state has taken funds from special accounts, such as the transportation fund, in order to pay off some of the debt – this is unacceptable. I support a change because the only other feasible way to lower the unfunded liabilities would be to raise taxes and/or cut services – no one wants that. Our debt is unmanageable and taxes are already some of the highest in the country. That, coupled with our high cost-of-living, would make Connecticut an even less desirable state for business, families, and seniors. A change to a defined contribution plan for new employees is fiscally responsible. Several states have led the way on this matter by implementing some form of defined-contribution plan. The three options are moving all new government employees to a defined-contribution, having a hybrid plan of benefit and contribution, or allowing a choice between defined-benefit and defined-contribution. Connecticut cannot afford to wait any longer and must, in the very least, move to one of these plans immediately. I believe placing all new government employees into a defined contribution plan is the best solution since it won't add further debt. This, combined with normal turnover in the workforce, can begin to lower the unfunded pension liability burden to more manageable levels. Should existing employees want to change to a defined-contribution, I would hope to provide them that option (possibly with incentives), but would not force them to do so. It is politicians who are at fault, not employees for singing a contract for a defined-benefit pension at the time of hire.

If a bill came before the General Assembly to repeal or amend the gun control law passed last session after the school shootings in Newtown, would you vote to amend the law? If so, what would you want to change?

I would vote to amend the law in order to bring in additional mental health resources and lower the burden on law-abiding gun owners. Connecticut is one of only six states that does not have outpatient commitment laws in the United States – I would advocate furthering the discussion on this with the hopes of implementation. Studies have proven that assisted outpatient treatment reduces homelessness, violence, incarceration, and caregiver (often familial) stress. I don't think it is a negative to have the community, and especially the family, more involved in the treatment of someone who is mentally ill. Identifying and intervening among adolescents with mental health issues is another strong way to identify potential future problems. This is a very tough issue that requires a lot of discussion – we didn't have it when the bill was passed. There was too much emphasis on the gun control aspect of the bill. SB 1160 was too strict when it came to how it affected law-abiding gun owners. I believe, in the very least, the deadlines should have been extended and there should not have been arbitrary numbers implemented for magazine capacity without public discussion. Magazines do not have serial numbers and a registry for them is an overextension of power and resources. Overall, it causes fear for many people, who have never done anything wrong, that they are a threat. Some previously law-abiding citizens could be charged with a misdemeanor or, in some cases, a Class D felony for not registering. I believe this abridges too much on Constitutional rights. Should the possibility for amendment come up, I would advocate for a public discussion, prior to the legislative vote, involving mental health experts, local gun manufacturers/owners, and law enforcement to determine what is/isn't workable and fair.

Election News

Rhode Island pushes April presidential primary to June

Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo gives and update on the coronavirus during a press conference in the State Room of the Rhode Island State House Sunday, March 22, 2020, in Providence, R.I. (Kris Craig/Providence Journal via AP, Pool)

Rhode Island is the latest state to move its presidential primary in response to the new coronavirus

Davison ousts Mark Brown from Mohegan council in special election do-over

Ken Davison, a longtime advocate for transparency in tribal affairs, has unseated Mark Brown, winning a redo of a December special election Brown won by a single vote.

Leaders of state political parties urge town committees to hold remote meetings

Political town committees hold meetings in late March to elect local officers and delegates to state and General Assembly endorsement conventions.

Joe Biden, nominee-in-waiting. And waiting. And waiting.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, check his watch during a commercial break as he participates in a Democratic presidential primary debate at CNN Studios, Sunday, March 15, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

In the three weeks since his blowout win in the South Carolina primary, Joe Biden has emerged as the Democratic presidential nominee-in-waiting

Connecticut reports 3rd COVID-19 death, delays primary

Parks Foreman Jason Alves lays down fencing around slides Thursday, March 19, 2020, as he works on closing the playground at McCook Point Park in Niantic.

Connecticut's second coronavirus death was a 91-year-old New Canaan man who had been hospitalized

A Connecticut presidential primary that might never be

Gov. Ned Lamont on Thursday used his powers under the public-health emergency to postpone April 28 presidential primary due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Amid virus, Congress' leaders resist call for remote voting

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Some lawmakers want Congress to allow remote voting in the House and the Senate as the coronavirus spreads around the country

3 more Biden victories increase pressure on Sanders to quit

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks about the coronavirus Thursday, March 12, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Joe Biden's sweeping victories in Florida, Illinois and Arizona are building his delegate lead over rival Bernie Sanders in the Democratic presidential race

State election officials say no change yet for presidential primary April 28

Norwich Mayor Peter Nystrom reacts to a question Tuesday, March 17, 2020, as city officials listen in on a statewide conference call with Secretary of the State Denise Merrill regarding the upcoming primary election at the Register of Voters Office at Norwich City Hall.  (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

State election officials told city and town clerks and registrars statewide Tuesday they should plan to hold the presidential primary as scheduled April 28.

Updated: Biden sweeps 3 more primaries in shadow of virus outbreak

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, accompanied by his wife Jill, speaks to members of the press at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Tuesday, March 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Joe Biden won the Arizona, Florida and Illinois primaries Tuesday, a clean sweep that carried him a considerable way toward clinching the Democratic nomination on an extraordinary election day...

Uncertainty surrounds Democratic primary as Ohio scraps vote

People stand in line to vote at the City of Rockford Election Office on Monday, March 16, 2020, in Rockford, Ill. Gov. J.B. Pritzker and state officials said Monday that despite restaurants, bars and other businesses being ordered closed, the Illinois Primary will be held as planned. (Scott P. Yates/Rockford Register Star via AP)

The Democratic presidential primary is consumed with uncertainty after leaders in Ohio called off Tuesday's election just hours before polls were set to open to combat the spread of the new...

Health chief halts Ohio primary; 3 other states forge ahead

A voter fills out his ballot, taking advantage of early voting, Sunday, March 15, 2020, in Steubenville, Ohio. Election officials in Arizona, Florida and Illinois are holding presidential primaries this week and say they have no plans to postpone voting amid widespread disruptions caused by the coronavirus outbreak. Instead, they are taking extraordinary steps to ensure that voters can cast ballots and polling places are clean. Ohio, however, plans to postpone its Tueday primary. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Ohio's health director has ordered polls closed just hours before they were to open there and in three other states for presidential primaries

Biden, Sanders debate as virus snakes its way across U.S.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, left, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., right, greet one another with an elbow bump before they participate in a Democratic presidential primary debate at CNN Studios in Washington, Sunday, March 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders are looking to cast themselves as best-positioned to lead the nation through a global pandemic

On eve of debate, Biden wins endorsement from nation's largest union

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks about the coronavirus Thursday, March 12, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

The nation’s largest labor union has lined up behind Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, with the National Education Association on Saturday endorsing the former vice president for the...

Biden appoints new campaign manager

Former vice president Joe Biden speaks in Philadelphia on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Carolyn Van Houten

The move is intended to quell concerns raised in recent weeks by senior Democratic strategists about the leadership structure of the Biden campaign.

Marx announces challenge to Formica's 20th District Senate seat

New London Democrat Martha Marx has announced a challenge in the race for the 20th District Senate seat held by Republican Paul Formica of East Lyme.

Joe Biden has another big primary night, wins 4 more states

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to members of the press at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Tuesday, March 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Joe Biden decisively won Michigan's Democratic presidential primary on Tuesday, seizing a key battleground state that helped propel Bernie Sanders' insurgent candidacy four years ago.

Democrats should plan for a Lamont successor

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont delivers the State of the State address Feb. 5, 2020, during opening session at the State Capitol in Hartford, Conn. (Jessica Hill/AP Photo)

Gov. Ned Lamont probably wouldn't be missed in eastern Connecticut, where he has even refused to meet with one of the region's largest employers.

Stakes rise for Sanders heading into Michigan primary

Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a campaign rally at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich., Sunday, March 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Michigan boosted Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential bid, but four years later, the same state could either revive his campaign or relegate him to the role of protest candidate

Analysis: Sanders faces challenging 30 days in quest to defeat Biden

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a campaign rally in Dearborn, Mich., Saturday, March 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Joe Biden's stunning turnaround in the past week has put pressure on Bernie Sanders to blunt or reverse the former vice president's momentum. It won't take long to determine whether the senator is up...

New London man: Bernie Sanders is 'consistent'

Jay Silva and fiancée Rebekah Chessic on Saturday, March 7, 2020, with their Bernie Sanders campaign sign on the lawn of their New London home.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Jay Silva also argues Sanders is the best candidate to beat President Donald Trump in an election.

Facebook takes down deceptive Trump campaign ads after first allowing them

The Trump ads urged Facebook users to "take the official 2020 Congressional District Census today," but despite the look and language of the ad, they were not related to the count.

Biden: Maybe it's time to consider Secret Service protection

A protester at left, is held back by Jill Biden, center, and her husband Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, right, during a primary election night rally Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Former Vice President Joe Biden says he's worried about how protesters have stormed the stage when he's been speaking at campaign events with his wife beside him

Mastroianni to challenge Rotella for 43rd District state House seat

Republican Shaun Mastroianni of Stonington announced Wednesday that he will run again for the 43rd District state House seat this fall.

Bloomberg drops out of presidential race, endorses Biden

In this March 3, 2020 photo, Democratic presidential candidate former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg waits to speak at a news conference, in the Little Havana neighborhood, in Miami. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Billionaire Mike Bloomberg has ended his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination and has endorsed Joe Biden

Bloomberg's $500 million buys him night of defeat

Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg waves to supporters as he arrives at his campaign rally at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Fla., Tuesday, March 3, 2020. (Matias J. Ocner/Miami Herald via AP)

Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg plans to reassess whether he should stay in the race after disappointing results in Tuesday's primaries

Biden claims 9 Super Tuesday victories, including Texas

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, right, and his wife Jill attend a primary election night rally Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Joe Biden scored key Super Tuesday victories in Minnesota and across the South, building on momentum that has swiftly revived his Democratic presidential campaign in recent days

Biden, Bernie's Super Tuesday brawl to shape Democratic race

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., emerges from the booth with her ballot as she votes on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Millions of voters from Maine to California are headed to the polls on Super Tuesday, a day that's rich with delegates in the battle for the Democratic presidential nomination

What to watch as 14 states vote in Super Tuesday primaries

Early voter receives his I-Voted sticker, at an early voting polling station at the Ranchito Avenue Elementary School in the Panorama City section of Los Angeles on Monday, March 2, 2020. Major changes to the way people vote has election advocates on edge as Californians cast ballots in the Democratic presidential contest and other primary races. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

The Democratic presidential candidates are racing toward the biggest day on the primary calendar, when 14 states vote on Super Tuesday

Biden, former rivals unite on mission to stop Sanders

Former Democratic presidential primary candidate Pete Buttigieg endorses Joe Biden during an event at the Chicken Scratch restaurant the night before Super Tuesday primary voting, on Monday night, March 2, 2020 in Dallas. (Juan Figueroa/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg are uniting behind Joe Biden's presidential bid as the Democratic Party's moderate wing scrambles to boost the former vice president just hours before Super Tuesday

Klobuchar is ending her presidential bid, will endorse Biden

Democratic presidential candidate Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar waves to her supporters after speaking during her presidential campaign rally at The Depot in Salt Lake City on Monday, March 2, 2020. (Steve Griffin/The Deseret News via AP)

Amy Klobuchar is ending her Democratic presidential campaign and is set to endorse Joe Biden

Biden wins South Carolina, hopes for Super Tuesday momentum

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden takes photos with supporters at a campaign event at Saint Augustine's University in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Joe Biden has scored a resounding victory in South Carolina’s Democratic primary

Trump accuses Democrats of 'hoax' for criticizing virus plan

President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in North Charleston, S.C., on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

President Donald Trump is lashing out at Democrats who have questioned his handling of the coronavirus threat, calling their criticism a new “hoax” intended to undermine his leadership

Democratic race at crossroads with S.C. primary, then 'Super Tuesday' voting

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event in Sumter, S.C., Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The Democrats' 2020 primary season is entering a critical four-day stretch that will help determine whether the party rallies behind Bernie Sanders or embraces a longer and uglier slog that could...

Democrats focus on Super Tuesday even as South Carolina looms

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., greets people at a campaign event in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The South Carolina primary is just two days away, but the race is quickly going national as candidates pivot to the 14 states that vote on Super Tuesday

AP-NORC poll: Election security, integrity worry Americans

FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2019, file photo, a man feeds a ballot card into a digital voting machine during a demonstration in Raleigh, N.C.  Americans have widespread concerns about the security and integrity of elections. Few say they have high confidence that votes in the 2020 presidential election will be counted accurately. A poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds skepticism about the democratic process in the United States.  (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed, File)

Americans have widespread concerns about the security and integrity of elections

Sanders takes hits at debate while gaining spotlight as front-runner

Democratic presidential candidates, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., left, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., right, participate in a Democratic presidential primary debate at the Gaillard Center, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, in Charleston, S.C., co-hosted by CBS News and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Democratic foes unleashed a torrent of attacks on presidential front-runner Bernie Sanders on the debate stage Tuesday night in Charleston, South Carolina

Gauthier announces candidacy for 40th District state House seat

Lauren Gauthier, a Republican member of Groton's Representative Town Meeting and special projects manager for an oyster farm, has announced that she is running for state representative for the 40th...

Twitter suspends 70 pro-Bloomberg accounts for campaign's strategy

"We have taken enforcement action on a group of accounts for violating our rules against platform manipulation and spam," Twitter spokesman Brenden Lee told The Washington Post in an email.

Democrats are on a perilous course as they seek a nominee to challenge Trump

That the Democratic nomination campaign has come to this was never in anybody's calculus.

Massachusetts primary voters can start casting early ballots Monday

Massachusetts voters can start casting early ballots in the presidential primaries

Intel officials say Russia boosting Trump candidacy

FILE - In this June 28, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump, right, shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan. Intelligence officials say Russia is interfering with the 2020 election to try to help Trump get reelected, The New York Times reported Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

A new warning about Russian interference in the 2020 election is raising questions about whether the U.S. is doing enough to prevent the kind of meddling the country saw in the 2016 election

Democrats renew push to extend voting rights in Connecticut

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill is making a new push for legislation that would extend voting rights to parolees, codify in state law the automatic voter registration now offered by the DMV,...

Bloomberg, Sanders under attack at Democrats' Nevada debate

From left, Democratic presidential candidates, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.,former Vice President Joe Biden, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., stand on stage before a Democratic presidential primary debate Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Las Vegas, hosted by NBC News and MSNBC. (AP Photo/John Locher)

The first major test of billionaire Mike Bloomberg's presidential campaign is playing out in Las Vegas

Two Republicans vying for 19th Senate District nomination

Kelley Peck of Columbia and Steve Weir of Hebron are seeking the party's endorsement to challenge four-term incumbent Democrat Cathy Osten.

Groton woman: 'God sent Trump to save America'

Flags supporting the reelection of President Donald Trump adorn the Alina home on Route 1 in Groton Friday, February 14, 2020. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Retired postal worker Cynthia Alina has large Trump flags in the front yard of her Groton home.

Norwich couple: Mayor Pete is 'likable and honest'

Elissa and Marc Campos pose with their Shih-Poo Alfonzo and their Pete Buttigieg campaign sign at their Norwich home Friday, February 14, 2020. The Camposes recently moved to Connecticut from Indiana. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

A former Indiana couple met Pete Buttigieg in November in New Hampshire and brought two "Pete 2020" signs back to their Norwich home.

Names for Connecticut Democratic and GOP primaries released

Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise Merrill announces the names of Democratic candidates who will appear on the state's presidential primary ballots on April 28, during a news conference in Hartford, Feb. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Sue Haigh)

Connecticut's secretary of the state has announced which candidates will appear on the ballot for the state's April 28 presidential primaries

In South, Bloomberg aims to move past stop-and-frisk remarks

Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg speaks during a rally at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in Chattanooga, Tenn. (C.B. Schmelter/Chattanooga Times Free Press via AP)

Michael Bloomberg is on a two-day campaign swing through the South

Midnight special: Small New Hampshire town votes for Bloomberg in primary

Selectman Les Otten, left, casts the first ballot of the New Hampshire presidential primary election during the midnight vote at The Balsams Resort in Dixville Notch, N.H., early Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. Three of the five votes went to Democratic candidate and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. (Paul Hayes/Caledonian-Record via AP)

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has won the votes of a tiny New Hampshire community that barely hung onto its tradition of being among the first to cast ballots in the presidential...

How crucial is New Hampshire win? Depends on the candidate.

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden kisses Brayden Harrington, 12, at a campaign stop at Cilford Community Curch, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, in Gilford, N.H. Biden and Harrington have spoken to each other about their stutter they have both struggled with. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Democratic presidential candidates are taking varied approaches ahead of New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation primary

Bloomberg's Connecticut spending is eye-opening

Democratic presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg talks to supporters Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, in Detroit. (Carlos Osorio/AP Photo)

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans a presidential campagn organization in Connecticut with dozens of staff members and offices across the state.

Voices of the Voters: who is your pick for president?

Stickers are handed out as voters go to the polls Aug. 14, 2012, to vote in Democratic and Republican primaries. The Day is seeking residents of southeastern Connecticut who are registered voters and would be willing to talk to a reporter about the upcoming presidential election. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Voices of the Voters: who is your pick for president?

Senate committee: Obama officials hamstrung by Russia election attack

Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The Senate Intelligence Committee has released a report that looks at the Obama administration's response to Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election

Mohegan elders council invalidates Mark Brown's election, orders new tribal vote

Mark Brown defeated Ken Davison by a single vote in Dec. 8 election to fill tribal council seat vacated by his brother, former Chairman Kevin Brown.

DNC chair calls for 'recanvass' of Iowa results after delays

This combination of Jan. 26, 2020, photos shows at left, Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg on Jan. 26, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa; and at right Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., in Sioux City, Iowa. After a daylong delay, partial results from Iowa's Democratic caucuses showed Buttigieg and Sanders ahead of the pack. (AP Photo)

The chairman of the Democratic National Committee is calling for a “recanvass” of the results of the Iowa caucuses

Voices of the Voters: Who is your favorite candidate for president?

Voters go to the polls at Stanton School in Norwich on Nov. 8, 2016. The Day is seeking residents of southeastern Connecticut who are registered voters and would be willing to talk to a reporter about the upcoming presidential election.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

The Day is seeking residents of southeastern Connecticut who are registered voters and would be willing to talk to a reporter about the upcoming presidential election.

Connecticut Democrats head to New Hampshire to canvass for candidates ahead of primary

Campaign volunteers from Connecticut pose for a group photo Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, in the campaign offices of Sen. Bernie Sanders in Manchester, N.H., before heading out to canvass the local neighborhoods. The volunteers were trying to persuade voters to back Sanders in the New Hampshire primary that will be held on Feb. 11.  (Tim Cook/The Day)

Connecticut’s primary election isn’t until April 28, but in the meantime Nutmeggers are volunteering their time to make the trip to New Hampshire to rally support for the various...

Baird Welch-Collins announces candidacy for state representative

Welch-Collins is a member of the Waterford RTM. He ran for the same seat in 2018 and narrowly lost.

Some New London elected officials back Bernie Sanders for president

Four of New London’s elected officials on Tuesday announced their endorsement of Senator Bernie Sanders in the 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary.

Statchen to run again for 18th District state Senate seat

Democrat Bob Statchen, who was defeated by Republican Heather Somers in the race for the 18th District state Senate seat in 2018, has announced he will run again for the seat this fall.

State Rep. Conley announces she is seeking reelection

State Rep. Christine Conley, D-Groton, has announced that she is running for reelection to the 40th District state House seat.

Second district Waterford RTM member resigns

Margaret Welch stepped down due to health concerns. On Wednesday, 2nd District RTM members will vote on a replacement.

Nolan files for re-election bid as state representative in New London

New London Democrat Anthony Nolan will seek re-election as state representative for the 39th District, which covers two-thirds of New London.

Groton moving to dual language ballots

In a move to "better serve and represent its diverse population," the Town of Groton will offer dual language ballots with instructions in both English and Spanish for elections and referenda.

Election race begins in 37th House District

Republican Holly Cheeseman is seeking re-election for her third term this fall, and Democrat Hugh McKenney of Salem and East Lyme Board of Education member Cate Steel have announced they will run.

What’s at stake for the Democratic candidates in Tuesday’s debate?

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks during a campaign event, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, in Marshalltown, Iowa. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The Democratic presidential field is set to have its smallest and potentially most influential debate yet. It could also become among the most contentious if candidates bring their campaigns’...

Former candidate for Connecticut governor pushing open primaries

A former gubernatorial candidate who ran as an independent in 2018 says unaffiliated voters should be allowed to vote in party primaries in Connecticut

Spiritual guru Marianne Williamson ends 2020 White House bid

Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson speaks at a the Faith, Politics and the Common Good Forum at Franklin Jr. High School, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The Democratic presidential race has lost another candidate

Statchen announces he is running for Somers' state Senate seat again

Bob Statchen, who lost the race for the 18th District seat in 2018, made the announcement Thursday on Facebook.

Montville party leaders reflect on election

Ahead of Democratic and Republican Town Committee caucuses, party chairpeople Tim May and Colleen Rix look back at the 2019 municipal election.

Sanders and Trump surge, Biden rebounds in fundraising race

FILE - In this Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at a Newport Town Hall Breakfast at the Newport Opera House in Newport, N.H. Sanders says he raised more than $34.5 million in the final three months of 2019, showing that a recent heart attack hasn't slowed the Vermont senator's fundraising prowess with the start of the Democratic presidential primaries looming. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter, File)

Joe Biden's presidential campaign says it raised $22.7 million in the final quarter of 2019

States are on front lines of 2020 election-security efforts

In this Monday, Dec. 16, 2019, photo, Mandy Vigil, from New Mexico, works during an exercise run by military and national security officials, for state and local election officials to simulate different scenarios for the 2020 elections, in Springfield, Va. These government officials are on the front lines of a different kind of high-stakes battlefield, one in which they are helping to defend American democracy by ensuring free and fair elections.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Local officials once had limited responsibilities on election days

Connecticut to receive about $5 million to secure elections

Connecticut expects to receive about $5 million in additional federal funding to help protect the state's voting system

Key takeaways from Democratic presidential debate in L.A.

Democratic presidential candidates from left, entrepreneur Andrew Yang, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and businessman Tom Steyer participate in a Democratic presidential primary debate Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Democratic presidential candidates offered two very different debates during their final forum of 2019

Democrats announce early primary state debate schedule

Democrats will hold four debates in each of the early primary states as voting gets underway next year

Mark Brown elected to fill Mohegan council vacancy created by brother's departure

Less than four months after losing his bid for a seventh Mohegan Tribal Council term, Mark Brown has won a special election to fill the council seat vacated by his younger brother, Kevin, who...

New London mayor looks to write new narrative for city

New London Mayor Michael Passero leads the procession during a Swearing in Ceremony on Monday, December 2, 2019 at The Garde Arts Theater. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Mayor and city councilors are sworn in during a Monday night ceremony at the Garde Arts Center.

Lamont sets Jan. 14 as date for special election for Colchester seat

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont has set a date to hold special elections to fill two vacancies in the Connecticut House of Representatives.