House: 42nd District

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Mike France, Republican

Occupation

Engineering Manager

Town

Gales Ferry

Incumbent

No

Contact

Phone: 860-271-3816

Email: MikeFrance2014@gmail.com

Age (as of Nov. 4, 2014)

52

Family

Married to Heather. We have six (6) children: Annemarie (24), Brandon (23), Laurel (22), Marguerite (19), Brittney (18) and Frederick (17); and four (4) grandchildren.

Education

B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Southern California, 1987; M.S., Electrical Engineering, Naval Postgraduate School, 1997; M.S., Organizational Management, Eastern Connecticut State University, 2005.

Civic Involvement

Volunteer, Family History Center, 2002-2006; Mystic Noank Community Band, 2003-2006; Mystic River Chorale, 2003-2011; Head Timer, Girl's/Boy's Swim Teams, Ledyard HS, 2006-present; Vestry Member, Bishop Seabury Anglican Church, 2014-present.

Elected/appointed offices held

Town Council, Ledyard, CT, November 2011-present; Chair, Finance Committee, Ledyard, CT, November 2011-present; Liaison to Historic District Commission and Conservation Commission, November 2011-present; Liaison to Permanent Municipal Building Committee , May 2013-present; Liaison to Pension Board, November 2013-present; Chair, Ledyard Republican Town Committee, March 2013-present; Elected Member, Republican State Central Committee, 19th District, June 2013-present.

Other government service

U.S. Navy, 1981-2005: -- IC3(SS), USS GUITARRO (SSN 665), 1981-1983; -- Surface Warfare Officer, USS MARS (AFS 1) & USS REEVES (CG 21), 1987-1994; -- Engineering Duty Officer, 1994-2005.

What makes you the best candidate for this office?

The primary issue facing Connecticut is the out of control spending by the Legislature, to the point where we have a State government that the residents can no longer afford. As I talk with voters at their doors, the two top issues are Taxes and Jobs. They are both linked to the significant growth in the State budget and the lack of fiscal responsibility in the Legislature, borrowing to pay current expenses instead of approving a prudent, balanced budget without raising taxes. In fact, many small fees and taxes cost more to collect than to bring in. That makes no sense at all. However, the Jobs issue is only partly due to taxes. The other part is the significant increase in regulation that is a burden on small businesses, making Connecticut one of the least business-friendly states in the country. The result is retirees who can no longer afford to live here, families that are leaving as soon as their last child graduates from high school and college graduates that have to leave the state to find work. As a Town Councilor in Ledyard and the Chair of the Finance Committee, I understand what it takes to produce a balanced budget that meets the needs of the residents without borrowing to pay current expenses. We need to ask the question, "What is the appropriate role of State government and what services should be provided?" We have reduced the size of the General Government in Ledyard, making the management structure more efficient. We need the State government to do the same thing, remove redundant layers of management so that the taxpayers are provided efficient delivery of services without the burden of excessive overhead costs that don't have anything to do with delivery of services to Connecticut residents.

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 retirement system needs to transition to a Defined Contribution Plan for all new employees while maintaining the commitment to all current and retired teachers and State employees under the Defined Benefit Plan that was negotiated and agreed to. The most important part of upholding that commitment is to fully fund the retirement system, something that the current Legislature has failed to do and has not indicated any future plan to do so. The Town of Ledyard made the transition to a Defined Contribution Plan two years ago for all new General Government employees while honoring the commitments made to current employees under the Defined Benefit Plan. The Ledyard taxpayers have already seen the benefit of this transition. The taxpayers of Connecticut deserve the same consideration. What we need to remember is that the customer is the taxpayer and that every Defined Benefit Plan retirement is an unknown liability to the taxpayer because there is no way to know how long an individual retiree is going to live. With a Defined Contribution Plan, the liability to the taxpayer is known each year and can be budgeted as part of the normal budget process with certainty. In addition, at the end of employment, whether due to transition or retirement, the liability to the taxpayer ends. This is the responsible and prudent approach to retirement funding, something that the private sector learned many years ago. It is now time for the Connecticut retirement system to make the same change.

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 support amending Public Act (PA) 13-3 (SB 1160), including full repeal. As an engineer and project manager, I have spent my adult life solving problems defined by root causes. Unfortunately, there is nothing in PA 13-3 that would have prevented the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. Instead of taking the time to deal with this complex issue like Statesmen or Legislators, we had politicians who rushed through legislation by emergency certification to ensure that Connecticut residents have the perception that they solved the problem. Perception is not reality. The reality is that the only part of PA 13-3 that dealt with issues directly related to protecting our children in school was the focus on school security, but even that was not well thought out. The Legislature missed an opportunity to deal with the root cause problem: the lack of sufficient mental health services and more specifically, the possible correlation between Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) and school shootings. Instead, the Legislature gave vague direction to the Department of Children and Families and created a Task Force to "study the provision of behavioral health services in Connecticut". Because the Legislature failed to follow regular order and hold public hearings, the opportunity to hear from mental health experts, school security experts and law enforcement was lost. We deserve better. We deserve a Legislature that solves real problems of importance to Connecticut residents, not following some political agenda. From a gun control perspective, PA 13-3 neglects the point that criminals don't follow the law. All that PA 13-3 did was turn law abiding citizens into potential felons and limited the ability of Connecticut residents to defend themselves. "Every citizen has a right to bear arms in defense of himself and the state." Section 15, Constitution of the State of Connecticut.

Timothy Russell Bowles, Democrat

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Occupation

Farm Manager

Town

Preston

Incumbent

Yes

Contact

Phone: 860-705-5613

Email: tbowles117@comcast.net

Age (as of Nov. 4, 2014)

64

Family

Married twenty-four years to my wife Donna. Three adult children: Adam, Sara, and Damien. Four grand-children: Victoria, Veronica, Benjamin and Daisy Mae.

Education

Masters in Child Welfare from Saint Joseph University in West Hartford, CT B.A. from Windham College, Putney, Vermont

Civic Involvement

President, People's Action for Clean Energy Member, Avalonia Land Trust Previous served as a Deacon with the Preston City Congregational Church and as a Emergency Medical Technician with the Preston City Fire Department Former Chair of the Connecticut Chapter of the Sierra Club

Elected/appointed offices held

Two terms on the Town of Preston Board of Selectmen Appointed to the Preston In-land/Wetlands Commission and to the Conservation Commission Elected to the Preston Planning and Zoning Commission Elected to the Preston Zoning Board of Appeals

Other government service

Appointed by President Pro Tempore Kevin Sullivan as Chair of the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund Chaired the Preston Democratic Town Committee

What makes you the best candidate for this office?

After thirty years' experience in Connecticut state and municipal government, I have the depth and perspective necessary to continue to work effectively and productively as a state legislator. My career began as a Social Worker, continued as a Child Abuse Investigator, and for the last twenty-five years I worked as a Policy Analyst in the Office of Policy and Management and the Department of Children and Families before finishing my state career as a Medical and Behavioral Health Consultant with the Department of Social Services. In June 2009, upon my retirement from state service, Governor Jodi Rell cited me, stating: "Throughout your long tenure, you have earned the respect of your colleagues. You have displayed professionalism, an outstanding work ethic, and a commitment to excellence. You have shared your expertise, vision and compassion for others, not only your colleagues, but also the community-at –large. In your years with the state you have proven to be an inspirational leader and a role model for all citizens to follow." In my first term as state legislator, I had the honor and privilege of being appointed by the House Speaker to Chair the Regional Entities Workgroup of the Municipal Opportunities and Regional Efficiencies (M.O.R.E.) Commission. In that capacity, I have been able to help lead the state's efforts to focus on strengthening our Council of Governments around the state to enable them to find regional solutions in three key areas; transportation, human service delivery, and back office functions. I was also honored by the bi-partisan Connecticut League of Conservation Voters as one of only nine legislators (out of 187) to be named as an Environmental Champion in both 2013 and 2014 for my work on clean energy. I have more than demonstrated my commitment, passion, and effectiveness in delivering results for my constituents.

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.

I would not support any retroactive changes to the current state retirement system, but as we have done over the years, I would consider offering new employees other options which may include a 401(k) defined contribution plan. I also believe it is reasonable to consider a maximum cap on retirement benefits. Certainly pensions of $ 200,000 and above per annum should be deemed excessive and non-sustainable. I also believe anyone convicted of a felony should be denied future benefits. We also need to aggressively address the inadequate funding of current obligations.

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 support repealing the gun control law, but I would seriously consider amendments in at least three areas:

  • A time-limited amnesty program for those individuals who in good faith applied to register their guns but failed to meet the deadline

  • Removal of the requirement to register ammunition purchases

  • Address the loop-hole and inconsistency in out of state gun purchases

Any changes to the gun control bill should involve a broader group of stakeholders, including but not limited to public safety officials, police officers, sportsmen, and gun collectors. By being more inclusive, I believe we can help reduce much of the acrimony around the more emotional aspects of such legislation.

Election News

Congressman, voters sue over Maine's new ranking system

Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin, seeking re-election in the 2nd Congressional District, greets supporters at his election night party, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Bangor, Maine. (Gabor Degre/The Bangor Daily News via AP)

Maine's top election official won't stop tabulations despite a lawsuit by Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin and three others over the state's new voting system

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

In this Oct. 15, 2018, file photo, U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., goes over the rules in a television studio prior to a televised debate with U.S. Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., in Phoenix. Sinema won Arizona's open U.S. Senate seat Monday, Nov. 12, in a race that was among the most closely watched in the nation, beating Republican Rep. Martha McSally in the battle to replace GOP Sen. Jeff Flake. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

A week later, Democrats' historic midterm success sinking in

Courtney poised to take over subcommittee with oversight of Navy shipbuilding

The subcommittee makes key decisions about military spending, and that would put Courtney in a better position to advocate for increased submarine spending and production.

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?

Connecticut Democrats nabbed 24 of the 36 seats, per unofficial numbers from the Connecticut Secretary of State's office.

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

Chris Soto’s return to Hartford was a foregone conclusion since he did not have a challenger in the 39th House District representing New London.

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.

Election pits Trump's incendiary politics vs Dem resistance

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

WHAT TO WATCH: After turbulent campaign, it's up to voters

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)

WHAT TO WATCH: On Election Day, voters render judgment on Donald Trump's turbulent presidency

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)

Voters will decide Connecticut's latest in a string of tight races for governor

Spike in voter registrations continues through October

In every city and town in southeastern Connecticut, the number of new voter registrations increased from October 2014 to 2018.

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.

Trump, Malloy loom over Connecticut's tight governor race

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'

Nineteen Thames Street Partnership filed a complaint against his now-defunct former company Bailey Agencies.

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.