House: 41st District

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CANDIDATES

Elissa Wright, Democrat

Occupation

State Legislator, Attorney

Town

Noank

Incumbent

Yes

Contact

Phone: 860-536-1813

Email: elissa.wright@gmail.com

Age (as of Nov. 4, 2014)

68

Family

Two grown children, Matthew Hemond and Elizabeth Hemond

Education

Groton Public Schools; Connecticut College, B.A.; M.A.; University of Connecticut Law School, J.D.; New York University Law School, LL.M. in Taxation

Civic Involvement

Member, Connecticut Lyric Opera, Board of Directors; Member, Groton Democratic Town Committee; Member, Noank Historical Society; Groton Open Space Association; Former Member, Thames Valley Music School Board of Directors

Elected/appointed offices held

Former Member, Groton Town Council; Representative Town Meeting; and Board of Education; Served as Secretary of the Jabez Smith House Committee, Town of Groton, for more than fifteen years; House 2007-present, Assistant Majority Leader (2011-present), Regulation Review Committee, ranking member (2012-present); Judiciary Committee and Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee, member (2007-present)

Other government service

Legislative aide to the late James J. Kennelly, Speaker of the Connecticut House of Representatives and the late William A. O'Neill, Majority Leader of the Connecticut House of Representatives (later Governor), in the House Majority Office, 1975-1977; Law Clerk, Honorable Ellen Ash Peters, Connecticut Supreme Court (later Chief Justice), 1979-1980

What makes you the best candidate for this office?

As state representative for the 41st District, I have played a pivotal role in

  • Increasing state funding for Groton and New London to help keep local property taxes in check

  • Securing more than $6 million for Grasso Technical High School

  • Investing state funds to protect the Naval Submarine Base

  • Creating a Connecticut Port Authority to realize the economic potential of New London's deep-water port

  • Launching the Connecticut Institute for Resiliency and Climate Adaptation at UConn Avery Point to help protect our coastline from future storms and flooding

  • Promoting a Thames River Heritage Park and implementing a successful water taxi demonstration project across the lower Thames River linking historical, cultural, and recreational sites in New London and Groton

  • Extending and expanding Shore Line East commuter rail service to New London I have worked effectively and across party lines to enact legislation to

  • Provide assistance to small businesses and start-ups to create and retain jobs and train workers

  • Expand pre-k opportunities for thousands of children

  • Promote collaboration among towns to reduce state and local spending

  • Provide access to quality, affordable health insurance coverage for nearly 200,000 people

  • Protect Long Island Sound, our coastline, and environment As a lifelong resident of Groton, I have a deep and abiding committed to community. I have served on the Groton Town Council, RTM, and Board of Education and understand the complexities and challenges facing municipal government. I have been involved in protecting some of our most precious resources ¬– Haley Farm State Park, Bluff Point Coastal Reserve, and saving Branford House at Avery Point from privatization. Having served as state representative for Groton and New London, I am well positioned to continue to assist and strengthen our communities.

    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.

    The state has a responsibility to provide for the retirement of its employees. While the state's long-term liabilities are significant and inadequate funding in the 1990s left state pension systems precariously underfunded, progress has been made to provide stability and restore the funds to financial health. Connecticut should continue to offer defined-benefit pensions while making them more secure and fiscally sustainable. The state needs to continue a disciplined and sustained approach to close funding gaps in the state employee pension system and teachers' retirement fund by continuing to make at least the actuarially required contributions each year, and when possible contributing more than pension actuaries recommend. Annual contributions to the state employee retirement system have been fully funded in ten of the last 13 years. The teachers' pension fund has been fully funded every year since 2006. After peaking with the retirement of Tier I state employees (hired before July 2, 1984) who account for 72% of the state employees' retirement system pension liability, the cost curve will flatten. Various near-term savings from benefit changes negotiated with SEBAC in 2009 and 2011 already are helping achieve more sustainable annual funding contribution levels. But state employee retirement benefits, among the most generous in the nation, need further examination to reflect the new economic reality with respect to employee contribution rates, the number of years and time frame used to determine benefit amounts, copayments, and other similar restrictions in benefits. More broadly, under-saving for retirement throughout the economy requires our attention. 401(k) plans or other similar defined-contribution plans, though attractive for many people, pose a number of challenges, including high administrative costs, market uncertainty, and confusion about investment choices.

    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 not vote for a full repeal of the gun control law. The law contains reasonable, bi-partisan measures including universal background checks for the sale of all firearms; a ban on ammunition magazines holding more than ten rounds; increasing the penalty for firearms trafficking; requiring schools and colleges to create security plans; an expansion of state mental health services; and the addition of a mental health professional to the Firearms Permitting Board. Government has an important role to ensure the safety, security, and wellbeing of families and communities. Our communities are safer when everyone in Connecticut has access to the mental health care that they, or a family member, might need. Our children are safer when the schools we entrust them to every day are the safest schools that they can be. But like any law, our gun control law should continue to be evaluated to ensure that it is achieving its goals. In that regard, I would advocate banning the printing of 3D guns, which can more easily get through security systems unnoticed.

Aundré Bumgardner, Republican/Independent

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Occupation

Campaign Operative

Town

Groton

Incumbent

No

Contact

Phone: 860-961-9048

Email: aundrebumgardner@gmail.com

Age (as of Nov. 4, 2014)

20

Family

Elizabeth Bumgardner (Mother & Former NLPS Teacher and Principal of North Windham Elementary School) Pierre Bumgardner (Father & East Lyme Dept. of Water and Sewer) Benjamin Bumgardner (Brother, age 11) and Lourdes Bumgardner (Sister, age 12)

Education

Cambridge School of Weston

Civic Involvement

Thames Valley Sustainable Connections, currently serving on the Board of Directors Cambridge School of Weston, past member of the Board of Trustees

Elected/appointed offices held

Groton Republican Town Committee, Member

Other government service

Campaign work throughout Southeastern Connecticut

What makes you the best candidate for this office?

I am uniquely qualified to represent Groton and New London in the legislature because I offer a perspective that is vastly underrepresented in Hartford. My political background and proven bipartisan spirit augment my experiences as a young person who is invested in a state that is struggling to have an economic renaissance. Southeastern Connecticut has seen a net loss of 2400 jobs this past year, our state has an ever growing achievement gap, and our deteriorating infrastructure does very little to incentivize any business to move or expand to our state. The status quo is not working. As an individual who benefited immensely from school choice, I will be a willing partner to ensure that ushering in an all magnet school district in New London has the state support necessary to be successful. I have a strong desire to work across the aisle on issues like reforming our ECS formula coupled with fully reimbursing municipalities for special education expenditures, comprehensive property tax solutions, a constitutional lockbox on STF revenues, advocacy for a more robust transportation network in southeastern Connecticut, and reforming our corporate tax structure so that we get out of the business of picking winners and losers and get into the business of creating an environment where all businesses can flourish. In my eyes, a 41st district state representative requires energy, the ability to listen to the needs of both sides of the river, and be an unrelenting fighter for our region. I am proud to have the support of past mayors such as Heather Somers, Jane Dauphinais, and Harry Watson in Groton as well as Rob Pero and Adam Sprecace in New London. They understand that Groton and New London are ready for renewed leadership, and prepared to see our state get back onto the path to prosperity.

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.

If lawmakers continue to underfund the state's pension fund, taxpayers will have to incur the consequences as result of poor policy making. The legislature has a tendency to kick the can down the road when it pertains to our unfunded liabilities, which is why our pension system is the 2nd most underfunded in the nation with the liability totaling upwards of $80 billion. This past year, my opponent had the ability to fully fund contractually obligated DOC retiree benefits as requested by the Comptroller, but instead supported a budget that will not be in balance and is loaded with gimmicks. This kind of decision-making undermines good government. As the son of a former New London Public Schools teacher, I find it deplorable that state auditors have identified situations where retired teachers and their families failed to receive their benefits from the state. Additionally, if Connecticut continues to authorize bonds (borrowing) to pay off outstanding debt, delay debt payments, and accrue a multibillion dollar liability because of interest on past bond authorizations, "we will find ourselves in a similar situation as Detroit or Illinois," as Art Renner, executive director of the Connecticut Society of CPAs, said in an interview with The Day; calling our pension system "a financial time bomb." Connecticut must set a higher criteria for authorizing bonding for capital projects, should ban the practice of bonding to pay for operating expenses, and restrict bonding for non-capital projects such as the bond authorization on failed First Five program expenditures. By eliminating gimmicks and levying a lockbox on our special transportation fund, and smarter investment decisions with the pension fund, we could fully fund our pensions and provide every state employee the ability to make a choice between a defined benefit and a defined contribution 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?

After the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, a proper response from elected officials was absolutely warranted in the wake of such a gruesome tragedy. However, our legislature greatly missed the ball on providing fundamental changes to the way we handle our most mentally and emotionally vulnerable members of within our communities by levying overreaching restrictions on law abiding gun owners – as a large number of Southeastern Connecticut legislators in the democratic caucus saw when voting in opposition to SB 1160. Aside from the fact that the legislature adopted emergency certification tactics to bypass the normal procedural process (which weakened the ability to vet the legislation), the legislation included loopholes that could make certain gun owners felons. Even advocates for further gun restrictions have acknowledged that such loopholes do very little to prevent another mass shooting, which should have been the ultimate goal for this piece of legislation. While full repeal is unlikely due to the political structure of the General Assembly and that there is federal litigation currently in the courts to overturn the law, I pledge to protect against further erosion of second amendment rights and advocate for comprehensive mental health reforms which will require our state to make investments in programs that have seen large cuts in times past.

Election News

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Picking up another seat, Democrats ride high on slow roll of wins

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Lamont meets with Malloy, announces transition team

Governor Dannel P. Malloy, right, talks with Connecticut's new governor-elect Ned Lamont at the Governor's residence for lunch in Hartford, Conn., Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Connecticut's governor-elect is announcing his transition team, meets with outgoing governor

What will the election mean for state Senate Republicans?

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Stefanowski concedes race to Lamont: ‘He won fair and square’

Governor-elect Ned Lamont celebrates with wife Ann and his family at a news conference in Hartford, Conn., Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

In a live call to a supportive morning radio team, Republican Bob Stefanowski publicly conceded the Connecticut governor’s race to Democrat Ned Lamont.

Voters return area probate judges to office

Judges in the regional probate courts in East Lyme, Groton, New London, Norwich and Old Saybrook were re-elected Tuesday to four-year terms.

Dubitsky retains control in 47th House District

Republican incumbent Doug Dubitsky will return to Hartford to represent the 47th House District for a third term, defeating repeat Democratic challenger Kate Donnelly 5,836 to 4,343.

Democrats make solid gains in General Assembly

"Tonight was a big night for Democrats in the state Senate," said Senate President Pro Tem Martin M. Looney, D-New Haven.

At a Glance: Connecticut underticket results

At a Glance: Connecticut underticket results

Trump will hold post-election news conference

President Donald Trump looks at his watch near the end of a campaign rally Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, in Cape Girardeau, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

President Donald Trump will address the midterm election results at a late-morning White House news conference

Voters give House Democrats a check on Trump

New York Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, center, signs a register before voting, Tuesday Nov. 6, 2018, in the Parkchester community in the Bronx, N.Y. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

"A new day in America": Voters give House Democrats a check on Trump

de la Cruz secures second term in 41st District

Rep. Joe de la Cruz, right, reacts with campaign volunteer Margaret Twitty of Groton, left, as results are posted at Groton Democratic headquarters on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. (Peter Huoppi/The Day)

Democratic incumbent Joe de la Cruz easily won a second term by defeating Republican Kenneth Richards to keep his 41st House seat.

Chris Soto was unchallenged in 39th House District

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Ledyard residents approve charter revisions

Residents voted by a healthy margin Tuesday to approve revisions to the town charter presented over the summer.

Formica fends off Marx to retain seat in 20th Senate District

Republican state Sen. Paul Formica gets a hug from 37th District state Representative Holly Cheeseman as Formica celebrates his victory over Democratic challenger Martha Marx at Flanders Fish Market in East Lyme, in the midterm election Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. (Tim Cook/The Day)

Republican State Sen. Paul Formica fended off a strong showing by Democratic challenger Martha Marx on Tuesday to secure a third term representing the 20th Senate District.

Norwich voters support $2.7 million for new police radio system

Norwich voters approve bond to replace decades-old police radio system.

Ryan holds onto his 139th District seat

Democrat Kevin Ryan was elected for a 14th term Tuesday as the 139th District's state representative, defeating Republican challenger Nick DeLucia.

Connecticut governor race up for grabs amid voting dispute

Supporters of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ned Lamont watch election returns on the TV screens Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at Dunkin Donuts Park in Hartford.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Connecticut's governor race was up for grabs as the Republican candidate sought a court injunction over some votes

Groton voters reject charter changes

Moderator Scott Smith, right, helps Theresa Cole with her ballot at the ballot box while at the polling station located at the Groton Public Library Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

The changes would have instituted a budget referendum, eliminated the RTM, added a finance board and extended town council terms.

Democratic Gov. Raimondo wins 2nd term in Rhode Island

Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo re-elected to a second term in Rhode Island, defeating Republican Allan Fung.

Cheeseman returns to state House in 37th District

Republican state Rep. Holly Cheeseman, 37th District, celebrates her victory in the midterm election Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, at Flanders Fish Market in East Lyme.  (Tim Cook/The Day)

Republican state Rep. Holly Cheeseman of East Lyme, defeated Democratic challenger Hugh McKenney of Salem by a vote of 5,760 to 5,446.

Riley takes 46th House District for fourth term

Incumbent Democrat Emmett Riley secured a fourth term Tuesday in the 46th House District, easily defeating Republican challenger Andrew Lockwood.

Somers secures second term in 18th Senate District

Heather Somers is applauded by her husband, Mark Somers, right, and she applauds all her supporters that gathered at The Spot in Groton after the polls closed Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018.  Somers won the State Senate race against Bob Statchen.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Unofficial results show incumbent state Sen. Heather Somers defeated Democratic challenger Bob Statchen by 3,000 votes.

McCarty over Welch-Collins in the 38th House District

Republican incumbent Kathleen McCarty held back a determined challenge Tuesday from Democrat Baird Welch-Collins to take the 38th House District seat for the third straight election.

Carney wins third term to represent 23rd House District

Rep. Devin Carney, R-Old Lyme, was re-elected Tuesday to his third term representing the 23rd House District, holding back a challenge from Democrat Matt Pugliese.

France fends off challenge from Schwebel in 42nd House District race

Republican incumbent Mike France held off a challenge from political newcomer Liz Schwebel.

Montville voters support $10M road repair project

Montville voters backed a 10-year road repair project requiring bonds totaling $10 million.

Conley defeats Scott for District 40 seat in Groton, Ledyard

Rep. Christine Conley, left, celebrates with her husband Timothy Beebe as results are posted at Groton Democratic headquarters on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. (Peter Huoppi/The Day)

Incumbent Democratic Rep. Christine Conley defeated Republican John Scott Tuesday night in the race for the 40th District House seat.

Osten returns to 19th Senate District for fourth term

State Sen. Cathy Osten, D-Sprague, is returning to Hartford for a fourth term after she defeated Republican challenger Mark Lounsbury.

Despite rain, heavy turnout reported across the region

People wait in a long line that starts at the polling station and runs down the hall around one corner and around the next at S.B. Butler Elementary School in Mystic Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

In an election that could draw the highest percentage of voters for a midterm since 1970, area registrars and polling place moderators were reporting heavy turnouts.

Deep in Trump country, in the 18th Senate District

Incumbent Heather Somers, right, of the 18th District chats with, from left, Jordan Anderson, Matt Baird and Bonnie Nault, secretary for the Republican Town Committee for the Town of Groton, outside the polling station at S.B. Butler Elementary School in Mystic on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

The town of Sterling had one of the most lopsided pro-Trump votes in the state in 2016.

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Voters wait in line in the gymnasium at Brunswick Junior High School to receive their ballots for the mid-term election, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Brunswick, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Voters across America are casting the final ballots of the first nationwide election of Donald Trump's presidency

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An election official, left, maintains the crowd line and parking spaces as people line up to vote at the Minneapolis Early Vote Center on the last day of early voting Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Associated Press will debut a new survey of the nation's electorate that aims to more accurately capture the story of how Americans vote and why in Tuesday's midterm elections. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

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National voting system faces test on Election Day

Election workers Mark Bezanson, left, and Julie Olson dump ballots collected earlier in the day from drop boxes onto a table for sorting at the King County Elections office, Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, in Renton, Wash. Voters in Washington all vote only by mail. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

After early voting problems in some states, national election system faces test on Election Day

Rotella defeats Mastroianni to win 43rd District state rep seat

Candidate Kate Rotella for the 43rd District House seat carries her sign as she and her media coordinator, Joe Trelli, second from right, walk to her car at the polling station located at the Board of Education Administration Building in Old Mystic to move on to another polling station Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

On Tuesday, Democrat Kate Rotella of Mystic defeated Republican Shaun Mastroianni of Stonington, to win the seat that was held by Democrat Diana Urban of North Stonington for the past 18 years.

Stefanowski, Lamont contest goes to Connecticut voters

FILE - This panel of Sept. 26, 2018 file photos shows Independent candidate Oz Griebel, left, Democrat Party candidate Ned Lamont, center, and Republican Party candidate Bob Stefanowski after a gubernatorial debate at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Conn. The gubernatorial candidates are crisscrossing the state, appearing at rallies, diners and even on trains in advance of next week's election.  (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

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What you need to know on Election Day

What you need to know on Election Day

Polling places

Polling places across the region.

Polling places for Tuesday's election

A list of polling places across the region for Tuesday's election. Polls are open from 6 a.m.to 8 p.m.

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This panel of Sept. 26, 2018, file photos shows Independent candidate Oz Griebel, left, Democrat Party candidate Ned Lamont, center, and Republican Party candidate Bob Stefanowski after a gubernatorial debate at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Conn. The gubernatorial candidates are crisscrossing the state, appearing at rallies, diners and even on trains in advance of next week's election.  (Jessica Hill/AP Photo)

President Donald Trump and outgoing Gov. Dannel P. Malloy have dominated Connecticut's close race for governor

Polling places

Where to vote across the region.

Who's not voting in Connecticut?

People vote at the polling station at Harbor School in New London on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. There are 2.16 million people registered to vote in Connecticut, an all-time high for the state. But plenty of people who are eligible to vote still haven't registered.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

There are 2.16 million people registered to vote in Connecticut — an all-time high for the state. But plenty of eligible voters still haven't registered.

Norwich political town committees funding school bus rides to city polls

School buses will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from apartment complexes and other stops to four polling places.

Candidates disagree on whether Conn. needs an activist attorney general

The answers given by Republican Susan Hatfield and Democrat William Tong marked a pronounced — and sometimes bitter — divide in each candidate's proposed approach to the job.

SHU/Hearst poll has Stefanowski ahead by 2.4 points

Republican Bob Stefanowski speaks as he meets Democrat Ned Lamont in the first gubernatorial debate between the two candidates on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, at The Garde Arts Center in New London. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Republican Bob Stefanowski nudged ahead of Democrat Ned Lamont for the first time Thursday in a poll.

Scott sued over nonpayment of rent; calls landlord 'slumlord'

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Two Norwich GOP legislative candidates have delinquent property taxes

Republican candidate Andrew Lockwood in the 46th House District and Nick DeLucia in the 139th House District have delinquent property taxes.

Mashantucket council candidate reaching beyond reservation

Vincent Eleazer believes tribe could interact more with towns in region.

DeLucia seeking to unseat Ryan in 139th House District race

Incumbent Democratic state Rep. Kevin Ryan and Republican candidate Nick DeLucia, seen in this composite image, are vying for the 139th District House seat.

Challenger faces uphill climb against 13-term incumbent in district that includes Bozrah, Montville and Norwich.

Candidates mostly focus on taxes in final debate before election

Republican candidate Bob Stefanowski, right, answers a question as he and the other two leading candidates for Connecticut Governor; Democrat Ned Lamont, center, and petitioning candidate Oz Griebel, left, face off in their final gubernatorial debate one week before the Nov. 6 election Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at at the Premier Ballroom at Foxwoods Resort Casino.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Lamont, Stefanowski, Griebel debate at Foxwoods Resort Casino

Conley, Scott respond to controversy over mileage payment

When Rep. Christine Conley broke her leg last year and couldn't drive, she received a mileage allowance, which is legal.

Quinnipiac: Lamont’s lead over Stefanowski shrinks to 4 points

A Quinnipiac University poll of likely voters released Tuesday shows Democrat Ned Lamont’s lead over Republican Bob Stefanowski has shrunk by half to four percentage points in...

Stonington District 3 voting to be at borough firehouse

The town's registrars of voters are reminding voters in District 3 that they will cast their ballots at the Stonington borough firehouse on Nov. 6.

Somers named Legislator of the Year by emergency physicians

State Sen. Heather Somers, R-Groton, has been honored by the Connecticut College of Emergency Physicians as the organization's 2018 Legislator of the Year.

White House said to be bracing for GOP losses, staff exodus

In this Oct. 27, 2018, photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a rally at Southern Illinois Airport in Murphysboro, Ill. Eager to focus voters on immigration in the lead-up to the midterm elections, Trump on Oct. 29 escalated his threats against a migrant caravan trudging slowly toward the U.S. border as the Pentagon prepared to deploy thousands of U.S. troops to support the border patrol. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

White House officials are largely resigned to losing Republican control of the U.S. House and are bracing for an exodus of staff worried about a torrent of subpoenas from Democratic congressional...

Sandy Hook shooting becomes focus in Connecticut governor race

Republican Party candidate Bob Stefanowski, left, shakes hands with Democratic Party candidate Ned Lamont, at the end of a gubernatorial debate at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Conn., Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

The Sandy Hook school shooting has become a late issue in Connecticut's close race for governor

Dubitsky, Donnelly face off in repeat race for the 47th House District

Two-term Republican incumbent Rep. Doug Dubitsky, left, facing off against Democratic challenger Kate Donnelly, right, for the 47th house district. (Peter Huoppi/The Day).

The race for the second largest House district in the state is a repeat of 2016, with two-term Republican incumbent Rep. Doug Dubitsky facing off against Democratic challenger Kate Donnelly.

Stefanowski releases tax return information, earned $16.5M over last 2 years

Republican Bob Stefanowski speaks as he meets Democrat Ned Lamont in the first gubernatorial debate between the two candidates on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, at The Garde Arts Center in New London. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

The major candidates to be Connecticut's next governor have now all released their tax returns

Rhetoric fuels debate over prospect of tolls' return to Connecticut

State agreed to remove turnpike tolls after 1983 toll plaza mishap, Mianus River Bridge collapse

46th District House race in Norwich features opposing ideas, perspectives

Republican candidate Andrew Lockwood and Democratic incumbent state Rep. Emmett Riley, seen in this composite image, are vying for the 46th District state House seat.

Republican candidate Andrew Lockwood faces three-term incumbent Democrat Emmett Riley in 46th District House race.

Complaints: Preston Town Hall polling place not handicapped accessible

Former Republican Registrar Norman Gauthier has filed two state complaints after his effort to move the polling place failed in September.

France faces challenge from Schwebel for 42nd House District seat

Republican incumbent Mike France and Democratic Liz Schwebel, seen in this composite image, are vying for the 42nd District state House seat.

Ledyard, Preston and Montville voters have a choice in the 42nd state House District between Republican Mike France and Democrat Liz Schwebel.

Stonington to hold special absentee ballot voting session on Nov. 3

The Town Clerk’s Office will be open for special office hours on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. to noon for absentee ballot voting for the Nov. 6 election.

Rotella, Mastroianni seek Urban's 43rd District state rep seat

Republican candidate Shaun Mastroianni and Democratic candidate Kate Rotella, seen in this composite image, are vying for the 43rd District state House seat.

Democrat Kate Rotella of Mystic will face off against Republican and Independent party candidate Shaun Mastroianni for the 43rd House District state representative seat.

Needleman, Ziobron debate issues in 33rd Senate race

33rd Connecticut state Senate District candidates Essex First Selectman Norm Needleman, a Democrat, left, and state Rep. Melissa Ziobron, a Republican from East Haddam, talk Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, before the start of their debate at Old Saybrook High School.  (Tim Cook/The Day)

Democrat Norm Needleman and Republican Melissa Ziobron, candidates for the 33rd Senate seat, debated Thursday.

Poll: Most Americans see a sharply divided nation

In this March 17, 2017, file photo, the Capitol is seen at dawn in Washington. An overwhelming majority of Americans see the United States as greatly divided on important issues, and few say they believe that will get better any time soon, according to an October poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

A poll shows an overwhelming majority of Americans see the United States as greatly divided on important issues and few believe that will get better anytime soon

De la Cruz, Richards face off in 41st House race

Democratic incumbent state Rep. Joe de la Cruz and Republican candidate Kenneth Richards, seen in this composite image, are vying for the 41st District State House seat.

De la Cruz, a sheet metal worker, has touted his support for working families. Richards said his emphasis is on controlling spending and on creating smaller government.

Lamont paints himself into a fiscal corner by ruling out solutions to deficit

The Democratic gubernatorial nominee has ruled out most options available to close a major post-election deficit in state finances.

East Lyme Democrats to hold Get Out the Vote fundraiser

The East Lyme Democrats will hold a Get Out the Vote Fundraiser Thursday at the Niantic Bay Yacht Club.

Osten named to historic preservation trust's board of trustees

Appointed by governor to serve three-year term on nonprofit's 20-member panel

Stonington man has antidote to contentious political climate

One of the posters that have been put up around town encouraging residents to elect jazz bandleader Charlie Holland as Stonington's unofficial mayor. (Courtesy Albert Kausch)

A local man has begun a feel-good effort to elect local jazz band leader and World War II veteran Charlie Holland as the town’s unofficial mayor.

Ballot initiatives buck legislatures in GOP-leaning states

In this Aug. 24, 2017 file photo, Gennice Mackey uses a bullhorn to lead a chant of

Voters in several states dominated politically by Republicans will weigh in on policy proposals their legislatures have refused to address, including marijuana legalization, minimum wage increases...

Carney endorsed by CBIA

The Connecticut Business & Industry Association endorsed State Rep. Devin Carney, R-Old Lyme.

Payday loan job shadows Stefanowski's run for Connecticut governor

In this Aug. 14, 2018, file photo, Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Stefanowski, right, shakes the hand of his father, Bob Stefanowski Sr., in Madison, Conn., after defeating four other contenders in the Connecticut primary. The candidate touts his work at blue-chip companies like General Electric and UBS Investment Bank. Rivals criticized the most recent item on his resume: CEO of DFC Global company, which offers financial products that are not legal in Connecticut. Stefanowski counters that his experience straightening out the troubled company would serve him well fixing the state's stubborn budget deficits. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

The former CEO of a payday loan company gets grief on the Connecticut campaign trail about his old job

Poll: Stefanowski closes in on Lamont

In this Monday, July 23, 2018, photo, Republican candidate for governor Bob Stefanowski speaks with members of the Ashford Republican Town Committee during a campaign stop in Ashford, Conn. (AP Photo/Susan Haigh)

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Stefanowski has whittled Democrat Ned Lamont’s lead down to 3.4 percentage points, putting the race in a statistical tie, according to a new poll...

Conley and Scott face off in District 40 race - again

Republican candidate John Scott and Democratic incumbent state Rep. Christine Conley, seen in this composite image, are vying for the 40th District House seat.

Their respective campaigns have focused on tolls, transportation infrastructure, taxes, business regulations and health care.

Trump escalates immigration rhetoric at rally to boost Cruz

President Donald Trump is greeted by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, as he arrives for a campaign rally at Houston Toyota Center, Monday, Oct. 22, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Donald Trump has escalated his immigration rhetoric at a midterm rally in Texas, falsely accusing Democrats of "encouraging millions of illegal aliens to break our laws, violate our borders...

Supporting, opposing groups debate charter revisions at debate at Groton Public Library

Bob Frink of Groton's Right to Vote PAC and Jean-Claude Ambroise of the Vote No Charter Revisions PAC debated proposed charter revisions on Monday.