Senate: 33rd District

REPLAY OF DEBATE

CANDIDATES

Emily Bjornberg, Democrat

Occupation

Director of Youth & Family Ministry

Town

Lyme

Incumbent

No

Contact

Phone: 860-598-0309

Email: emily4ct@gmail.com

Age (as of Nov. 4, 2014)

33

Family

I live in Lyme with my husband Jason, an Iraq War veteran, and my two children Elliot (age 8) and Anna (age 4). My extended family has run the same business, Reynolds' Garage & Marine, on Hamburg Cove in Lyme for seven generations.

Education

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA Graduate of Lyme-Old Lyme High School

Civic Involvement

I have served as a member of the Lyme Land Conservation trust since 2008, helping the Town of Lyme to successfully conserve a higher percentage of its total land area than any other Connecticut town. While my husband served in the National Guard in Baghdad, Iraq, I managed an AIDs clinic in downtown Johannesburg, South Africa to help tend to the needs of sick and dying in that city, with the help of many refugees who had fled over the border from Zimbabwe. I co-founded a 501(c)3 non-profit named Beyond Boundaries to work with Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall Gang Camp Association to provide outdoor wilderness experiences for children living with serious illness. Through my employment at the Deep River Congregational Church, I work to shed light on many of the issues of social justice that exist right here in the lower CT River Valley. For instance, we work closely with the CT Coalition to End Homelessness and "An End in Ten" on a county-wide annual effort called the Homeless Sleepout.

Elected/appointed offices held

This is my first run for public office. I believe we need some new voices at the State Capitol.

Other government service

I serve as the member of the Lyme Democratic Town Committee and the Lyme PTO, and I am also a Justice of the Peace.

What makes you the best candidate for this office?

When my husband was marched off to war in the early days of the Iraq invasion, I learned firsthand what it looks like when politicians fail to stand up for our best interest. My family and I worried every day for fifteen months about Jason's safety, and I consider myself incredibly fortunate because he did come back to me. We now have a home in the town I grew up in, and two healthy children who attend our public schools. I have everything I ever asked for, and now I hope to give something back to the community I hold dear. I have deep roots in the lower Connecticut River Valley. I come from a family that has run the same small business here, Reynolds' Garage & Marine, for seven generations. As a result I have great respect for small businesses - the true economic engines within our small towns. Too often the state is focused on the needs of big corporations that can afford lobbyists in Hartford and teams of lawyers and accountants to untangle or rewrite complex regulations and red tape to suit their needs. Our small businesses need a stronger voice. They also face property taxes that are too high, and attempts to unravel key initiatives like grant and loan programs that help support growth in an economy that remains very difficult. For instance, my Republican opponent's company accepted $350,000 in state funds through just such a program in 2012. Yet less than a year later, he voted to shut down that initiative and deny the same opportunity to other companies. Just weeks ago, he stated that he did this because businesses no longer needed the help. We deserve representation that is more in touch with the real problems in our economy.

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.

Connecticut's past leaders have made a mess of the state's finances by failing to set aside sufficient funds to make good on our pension obligations. We need a more responsible approach, and that means making the required contributions to the pension fund every year, with regular catchup payments as the state's finances allow. The sooner this is done, the less it will cost us over the long run. We cannot escape these contractual pension obligations, and switching to a 401(k) type plan going forward would do nothing to reduce the burden of what is already owed to current and past state employees. That debt would still have to be paid. The error in state policy was a failure to make sufficient annual contributions to the pension fund, it is not with pensions themselves. The broader shift in the marketplace away from pensions toward 401(k) plans has not been good for the American middle class. The Washington Post recently reported that one in five Americans nearing retirement have zero dollars saved for retirement. Many more people are not much better off. This is a true crisis, and I could not support a policy that would place even more people in such dire circumstances. How many families saw their 401(k) savings cut in half, or worse, when the stock market crashed in 2008? Pensions offer much more stable, less risky retirement savings. We need to improve retirement savings options for workers in the private and public sectors alike, not limit them.

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?

My husband and I count ourselves as responsible gun owners, and we have no qualms with reasonable measures that support the safe use of guns and aim to keep weapons out of criminal hands. As a mother of two small children, I will never forget the horror of learning what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School. I think that the bill passed in 2013 was a great example of both parties coming together to forge a compromise in the aftermath of a real tragedy. We can and should be proud that kind of bipartisanship is possible in Connecticut. It proved impossible in gridlocked Washington, D.C. The Connecticut legislation addresses three areas of public policy, gun safety, school security and mental health. While there clearly remains more to be done in the area of mental health, this should not detract from the many positive steps the bill did take toward expanded access to mental health treatment and greater awareness of mental health issues within and outside of our schools. My opponent voted against the 2013 legislation, and I think that was a mistake. His Republican leader in the senate and his endorsed candidate for governor, John McKinney, actively participated in drafting the bill and also voted for it. It's no small wonder—Senator McKinney represents Newtown itself. The conversation going forward should not dwell on the legislation that has already passed. It should focus on how we can work to improve and expand access to the mental health services that so many people need, but cannot afford.

Art Linares, Republican

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Occupation

Small Business Owner & State Senator

Town

Westbrook

Incumbent

Yes

Contact

Phone: 203-645-9215

Email: Senatorlinares2014@gmail.com

Age (as of Nov. 4, 2014)

26

Family

I have a wonderful family. My brother, sister, brother in-law, nephew and parents all live in Westbrook, CT. I come from a large family with many cousins, Uncles, Aunts and grandparents all who live in either Connecticut or New Jersey.

Education

John Sykes College of Business, University of Tampa

Civic Involvement

Fundraising for the shoreline food pantry, non-profits and public school systems.

Elected/appointed offices held

State Senator elected in 2012.

Other government service

Intern For United States Senator Marco Rubio

What makes you the best candidate for this office?

For the last two years I have worked tirelessly in the 33rd district visiting every town numerous of times, holding town hall meetings and listening to the people and their concerns. I have taken those concerns back to Hartford and used it as part of my decision making process on every issue. I have made it a priority to make sure that when it comes to constituency services my office is second to none. I have knocked on 5,000 doors this election cycle and the message from the people has always been the same - our taxes are getting out of control; Malloy and his political machine is made government to big and too intrusive; gasoline and heating oil prices are too high and our children cannot afford to stay here when they are ready to go on their own. These are issues from the residents that I understand too well and that is why I'm in Hartford, and with your blessing, I will stay there and continue to oppose overreaching policies that intrude on our rights as citizens and budgets that are bloated beyond the affordability of Connecticut residents. I have opposed both my own party and the opposition when I believed that the concerns of my district were not addressed in the legislation. We cannot let those that are married to the Malloy political machine go to Hartford and continue to support legislation based on the will of that political machine, without listening to those in their district. I have proven that I will not be swayed by anyone other than the voices of the 33rd district.

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.

We should offer incentives to government employees to consider a 401 K pension plan. However, it should not be mandatory. We need to balance our budget and use any surplus to fund unfunded liabilities, such as the teacher's pension plan.

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 went to Newtown after the tragedy and listened to the parents of the children that were lost on that saddest of days and my prayers are with them every day as they struggle to cope with their loss. I also took time to carefully read the bill that would restrict our citizen's rights. I listened to the arguments on both sides and decided at the end to oppose a bill that was overreaching and did nothing to reduce the level of crime in our cities and towns. It was a bill void of any real action on the crucial issue of Mental Health that the Malloy political machine refused to address. It was a bill without any public hearings and did not listen to the voices of the residents. In the end, it was a bad bill. I rather vote no on a bad bill than to vote yes on a bill just because it is popular at the moment. I owe at least that much to the people that elected me. If given the opportunity, I will always repeal a bill that was written without the input of the people it would directly affect.

Colin Bennett, Green

Occupation

Environmental Organizer and Educator

Town

Westbrook

Incumbent

No

Contact

Phone: 860-395-8392

Email: colinbennettforsenate@gmail.com

Age (as of Nov. 4, 2014)

35

Family

Daughter: Daisy, 15

Education

B.S. from Southern Connecticut State University

Civic Involvement

· 350 Connecticut Steering Committee- January 2012- Present · The Climate Project Presenter, An Inconvenient Truth Slideshow- December 2006-Present Assistant District Manager for New England- September 2007-December 2008 · Sierra Student Coalition Connecticut Co-coordinator- 2004-2007 Northeast Regional Coordinator- 2005-2007 Environmental Justice Committee- 2005-2007 Committee Chair- October 2005-August 2006 Elected Member, Executive Committee- 2005-2006 Trainer, Student Environmental Leadership Program- July 2005, 2007 · The Climate Campaign Elected Member, Steering Committee- 2005-2006 · The Sierra Club Gulf Coast Environmental Restoration Task Force- 2005-2006 Dismantling Racism Workshop Facilitator- October 2006-Present Global Population Program Volunteer- February 2008-December 2009 Diversity Support Team- April 2011-Present · Saint Bernard High School Advisor, after-school environmental club- 2004-2005 · United Nations Environment Programme Action Circle Leader, Children's Conference on the Environment- July 2004 · Maritime Education Network Education Intern- Spring 2003 · Southern Connecticut State University, Environmental Futurists Active Member- 2000-2008 President- 2001-2002 Outreach Coordinator- 2006-2008 · Southern Connecticut State University, Organic Garden Project Co-Founder and Garden Manager- April 2007-September 2008 · Southern Connecticut State University, Bicycle Sharing Program Co-Founder and Coordinator- August 2008 · Campus Progress Student Representative, SCSU- 2007-2008 · United Nations Conference of the Parties, Montreal Official Observer- November 2005

Elected/appointed offices held

Town of Westbrook- Justice of the Peace­, 2005­- 2008, January 2013­ Present Westbrook Volunteer Fire Company- Firefighter­, 2002 ­2006 Town of Westbrook- Elected Member, Forest Commission­, 2004­- 2008

Other government service

Marine Science Technician, United States Coast Guard Reserve, 2012- 2014

What makes you the best candidate for this office?

As a candidate I don't make many promises. Other candidates make promises all time, but how often do they actually deliver on those promises? To do so is, at best, disingenuous, and, at worst, outright deceitful. That's because there is very little that any candidate can to do to guarantee results if elected. Remember Obama's promise to close Guantanamo? How did that work out? I could spend hours giving examples of elected officials that failed to deliver on promises they made as candidates but to do so would be unnecessary; we all know that promises made by candidates are almost always completely useless. There is, however, one thing I can promise: as a candidate and as state senator, I wil never tell you something just because I think it's what you want to hear. You may not agree with me on an issue but I'm not going to lie to you. I'd much rather earn your respect and your vote by telling the truth, even if I know that you won't like it, than have you vote for me based on empty promises. Furthermore, no matter what, I will never bow to corporate lobbyists. (Spend time with me and you'll get a taste of my absolute hatred of corporations and their takeover of our country.) The thing is, this election is about more than me. It's about more than any of the individual candidates or the parties they represent. A state senator is tasked with making decisions on behalf of the people in their district; in order to make the best possible decisions it's essential to listen to their constituents. Elected officials should be accountable to the people, not corporations. Do you remember the mantra, ‘Of the people, by the people, for the people'? That actually means something to me.

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.

Connecticut has lost its way in terms of how our state government functions, yet, I believe that by working together, using our legislature as the catalyst, we can balance our budget, bring jobs to Connecticut, ensure that our children are well educated, and have safe and healthy communities. I don't believe that big-government is the answer; I believe that smart government is the answer. Our government should be of the people, for the people, not by and for corporations (or those that seek only to serve special interests or the wealthy). That's why I run as a Green; the Green Party takes absolutely no money from corporations or special interest groups. That means when I am elected I will not be beholden to anyone but the residents of the 33rd district and the people of Connecticut. In order to address the issue of unfunded pensions we need to work together to find a sensible way to move forward. That said, I do not support mimicking the private sector to address this or any other problem. The role of our government is to serve us and that can't happen through privatization. There's a saying, "So goes California, so goes the nation." That means that California often paves the way for initiatives that are eventually adopted by other states. I think that the saying should be, "So goes Connecticut, so goes the nation." Connecticut is a great state, but it could be even better. With your help I will do everything I can to help our state live up to its full potential. When elected, I will to do my best to ensure that everyone in this district has a voice, (not every corporation or special interest group) and, that during my term, you'll see measurable improvements in your quality of life.

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?

The issue of gun control is far too complicated to answer in such a short space. What I can say is that the solutions that we come up with need to be made without the influence of corporate lobbyists or special interest groups. We need to make the safety of our children an absolute priority but that can't happen when corporations spend millions of dollars to push (or reject) legislation that would affect their profits. I absolutely reject the practice of raising and spending vast sums of money to run for public office. It's antithetical to the whole concept of public service and has largely destroyed our democracy (just think of the travesty that is Citizens United). As such, in my history as a candidate I've raised and spent very little or no money in each of my campaigns, never more than a thousand dollars. In this election my opponents are poised to raise and spend tens of thousands of dollars trying to get elected. Apparently they've bought into the asinine concept that the candidate with the most money is somehow the most qualified. In reality, the ability to fundraise has absolutely nothing to do with the ability to be an effective legislator, especially when so many campaign contributions come from corporations, PACs, and other special interest groups that are trying to buy influence with candidates. Until we fix this system (including overturning Citizens United) our political landscape is going to continuously and precipitously decline. Only in races with candidates that pledge not to participate in this farce of essentially buying elections will voters be able to elect representatives that are not beholden to the forces that are tearing this country apart. If you want a detailed response to the issue of gun control please email me at colinbennettforsenate@gmail.com. #BennettForSenate

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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.