House: 47th District

CANDIDATES

Brian Sear, Democrat

Occupation

Legislator

Town

Canterbury

Incumbent

Yes

Contact

Phone: 860-377-4262

Email: brian@sear2014.com

Age (as of Nov. 4, 2014)

59

Family

Wife, Connie, and two daughters, Alexandra and Victoria

Education

A.B. English and English Education, Syracuse University

Civic Involvement

Past President, Canterbury Historical Society; Member, Board of Directors of Governor Samuel Huntington Trust.

Elected/appointed offices held

State Representative, 47th House District First Selectman, Town of Canterbury Member, and Chairman of Canterbury Board of Assessment Appeals

Other government service

Member, MORE (Municipal Opportunities Regional Efficiencies) Commission Past Member, Board of Directors of COST (Council of Small Towns)

What makes you the best candidate for this office?

My six year experience as First Selectman in Canterbury during a very difficult economic time has proven extremely valuable in my serving the nine towns in the 47th District, eight of which have very similar concerns, demographics and landscape as Canterbury. Most of the areas covered by the Legislature have a direct effect on local residents. I have shared those experiences and concerns with town officials as well as individual residents. I work extremely well with representatives of both political parties and have a proven track record of getting things accomplished in a productive manner. I understand the needs of the district and how to serve effectively.

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.

Historically, an accepted part of employment with the state included the defined benefit pension plan model. I support fulfilling the current obligations in good faith, while researching what would most likely be a hybrid system that would be less vulnerable to market shifts while offering stability to both employees and the state.

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 bill we passed following Newtown was a comprehensive effort to reduce violence and increase safety in Connecticut. I can't state how I would vote on a concept of "amendment" without being presented with language. All legislation should be subject to review and possible adjustment. I support responsible gun ownership and think that the ammunition component of the safety bill can be improved to respect responsible gun owners and to prevent gun violence. This bill has pushed Connecticut to analyze how we provide mental health services, and that aspect of the legislation can also be analyzed to increase the reach and effectiveness of these services throughout our population, with a specific emphasis on our youth.

Doug Dubitsky, Republican/Independent

Occupation

Attorney

Town

Chaplin

Incumbent

No

Contact

Phone: 860-933-9495

Email: doug.dubitsky@mail.com

Age (as of Nov. 4, 2014)

51

Family

Fabulous wife and two wonderful daughters.

Education

Juris Doctor, University of Utah College of Law Executive Editor and article contributor, Utah Law Forum President, University of Utah student body Representative, Utah Council of Studentbody Presidents American College of Trial Lawyers - National Trial Competition, Semi-finalist CALI Excellence for the Future Award, Outstanding Achievement in Trial Advocacy Representative, Student Bar Association Board of Governors, University of Utah Bachelor of Fine Arts, State University of New York at Purchase Lighting Design & Theatrical Technology Major, Theater Arts & Film Division

Civic Involvement

Associations (past and present) Grassroots East Connecticut Veterans & Military Coalition Connecticut Bar Association Hartford County Bar Association Connecticut Farm Bureau Windham County Farm Bureau Connecticut Horse Council Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies American Agricultural Law Association Oliver Ellsworth Inns of Court National Rifle Association Second Amendment Foundation American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers Int. Assoc. of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors IATSE Local No. 1 (Stagehands, NYC)

Elected/appointed offices held

Chaplin Board of Finance Chaplin Planning & Zoning Commission - Vice-Chair Connecticut Teachers Retirement Board, by appointment of Governor M. Jodi Rell

Other government service

Law Clerk/Legislative Aide, Office of the General Counsel, State of Utah University of Utah Board of Trustees member State Board of Regents, Missions and Roles Committee member, Utah Olympic Advisory Board member, 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics

What makes you the best candidate for this office?

Experience, integrity and perspective. Before my wife and I decided to improve ourselves by going to law school, I worked for many years waiting tables, moving furniture, working construction and landscaping jobs, and working as a stagehand and lighting designer. My family and I live and work every day to keep our small farm running and our animals strong and healthy. So I know what hard working people go through to make ends meet, to raise a family and try to get ahead, while working paycheck to paycheck. I know what it's like to be laid off and to wonder where the money for the next car payment will come from. Too many politicians these days are completely out of touch with the people they represent; they have no idea how most people really live. Often, they don't even care. I understand the people of this district and care deeply about helping them succeed. Many of the people in our small towns are really hurting due to the bad economy, lack of good jobs and oppressive taxes and regulations. Having worked hard, dirty jobs for much of my life, I understand their frustration with the policies forced on them by their elected officials. Having worked my way through law school, and now working as an attorney, I have developed the skills and fortitude to pursue policies in that will actually get results for the people of this district. Knee-jerk, feel-good reactions to tragedies, and never-ending borrowing, taxing and spending as Brian Sear supports, are the very reasons we still suffer through the recession while the rest of the country is recovering and growing. By working together with a focus on results instead of good intentions, we can pull ourselves out of this recession. I can help.

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.

Firstly, the state made promises to retired teachers and state employees that it absolutely must honor. Retirees worked for years and often structured their lives and finances around the promises the state made to them. The state must not and cannot break the promises it has already made to our retirees. However, when you have dug yourself into a deep hole, the first thing you must do to start filling the hole is to stop digging the hole deeper. Continuing to offer the same unaffordable defined benefit plans that helped create the billions in unfunded liabilities and gave Connecticut the highest debt per capita of any state in the nation, is simply not sustainable or smart. While the state must honor its prior commitments to current employee and retirees under the existing defined benefit plans – and must start putting more money into funding existing pension obligations – it simply cannot continue offering defined benefit plans to new hires. Whether it is a 401K, Roth IRA, defined contribution plan, or some combination of state and private market solution, we need stop digging the state deeper into the hole, while standing firmly behind the state's promises to our retirees.

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

Absolutely. If the "gun bill" is not overturned in the courts, it must at least be fixed to prevent legal gun owners who are legitimately trying to comply with the law from becoming unintentional felons. As written, the gun bill is incomprehensible. It was clearly written by people who didn't understand the basic functioning of firearms and was passed without any public hearing. If the legislature had allowed a public hearing, the public would have undoubtedly educated the legislators on the bill's many inaccuracies, inconsistencies and conflicts. Representative Brian Sear traveled the district, holding Town Hall meetings, promising to vote against the gun bill. He promised the people of this district that even if a bill came up that he supported, he would absolutely not vote for any bill unless the people had an opportunity to address their elected officials at a public hearing on the bill. Despite his promise not to do so, Brian Sear voted to prevent the people of this district from having their public hearing. Brian Sear then voted for the gun bill after promising us that he would not. Despite Brian Sear's promises, the gun bill was passed the same day it was introduced, without any public hearing. Clearly, Brian Sear didn't even read the gun bill before he voted for it. If he had read it, he would have seen that it has multiple conflicting definitions for the same thing; it incorporates definitions from old superseded statutes without stating what those definitions are; and it makes the possession of perfectly legal firearms a crime if the parts of those firearms can be combined in undefined ways to create a newly banned firearm – even if the owner doesn't know the guns have interchangeable parts. The gun bill must be fixed. I know how.

Election News

Democrats delay nominating convention amid virus concerns

FILE - In this July 26, 2016, file photo the stage is reflected on a glass window on the suite level at Wells Fargo Arena as Timmy Kelly sings the national anthem before the start of the second day session of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. The coronavirus pandemic is forcing Democrats and Republicans to take a close look at whether they'll be able to move forward as planned this summer with conventions that typically kick off the general election season. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

The Democratic National Committee is delaying its convention until the week of Aug. 17

State to receive $5.4 million in federal relief funds for election safety, security

The funding is part of the $2 trillion federal relief package and could help hire more poll workers and cleaning supplies needed to protect against COVID-19 spread.

How will we vote? Outbreak revives debate on mail-in ballots

FILE - In this May 17, 2016, file photo, ballots are prepared for counting at Multnomah County election headquarters in Portland, Ore. The coronavirus has knocked presidential primaries back several weeks as officials worry about voters crowding into polling places. If the disease remains a hazard in November, Democrats say there's only one solution to preserve the November election, national voting by mail. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)

Democrats have long argued that elections should be conducted by mail to make them easier for voters, and the coronavirus outbreak is giving new momentum to their cause

Rhode Island pushes April presidential primary to June

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Connecticut reports 3rd COVID-19 death, delays primary

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

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

A Connecticut presidential primary that might never be

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

Amid virus, Congress' leaders resist call for remote voting

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

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

3 more Biden victories increase pressure on Sanders to quit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Uncertainty surrounds Democratic primary as Ohio scraps vote

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

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

Health chief halts Ohio primary; 3 other states forge ahead

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Biden appoints new campaign manager

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Democrats should plan for a Lamont successor

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

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

Stakes rise for Sanders heading into Michigan primary

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

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

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

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

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New London man: Bernie Sanders is 'consistent'

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

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

Facebook takes down deceptive Trump campaign ads after first allowing them

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

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

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

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

Mastroianni to challenge Rotella for 43rd District state House seat

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

Bloomberg drops out of presidential race, endorses Biden

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

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

Bloomberg's $500 million buys him night of defeat

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

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

Biden claims 9 Super Tuesday victories, including Texas

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

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

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

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

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

What to watch as 14 states vote in Super Tuesday primaries

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

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

Biden, former rivals unite on mission to stop Sanders

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

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

Klobuchar is ending her presidential bid, will endorse Biden

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

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

Biden wins South Carolina, hopes for Super Tuesday momentum

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

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

Trump accuses Democrats of 'hoax' for criticizing virus plan

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

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

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

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

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

Democrats focus on Super Tuesday even as South Carolina looms

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

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

AP-NORC poll: Election security, integrity worry Americans

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

Americans have widespread concerns about the security and integrity of elections

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

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

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

Gauthier announces candidacy for 40th District state House seat

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

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

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

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

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

Massachusetts primary voters can start casting early ballots Monday

Massachusetts voters can start casting early ballots in the presidential primaries

Intel officials say Russia boosting Trump candidacy

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

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

Democrats renew push to extend voting rights in Connecticut

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

Bloomberg, Sanders under attack at Democrats' Nevada debate

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

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

Two Republicans vying for 19th Senate District nomination

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

Groton woman: 'God sent Trump to save America'

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

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

Norwich couple: Mayor Pete is 'likable and honest'

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

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

Names for Connecticut Democratic and GOP primaries released

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bloomberg's Connecticut spending is eye-opening

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

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

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

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

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

Senate committee: Obama officials hamstrung by Russia election attack

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Baird Welch-Collins announces candidacy for state representative

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

Some New London elected officials back Bernie Sanders for president

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

Statchen to run again for 18th District state Senate seat

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

State Rep. Conley announces she is seeking reelection

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

Second district Waterford RTM member resigns

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

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

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

Groton moving to dual language ballots

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

Election race begins in 37th House District

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

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

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

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

Former candidate for Connecticut governor pushing open primaries

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

Spiritual guru Marianne Williamson ends 2020 White House bid

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

The Democratic presidential race has lost another candidate

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

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

Montville party leaders reflect on election

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

Sanders and Trump surge, Biden rebounds in fundraising race

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

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

States are on front lines of 2020 election-security efforts

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

Local officials once had limited responsibilities on election days

Connecticut to receive about $5 million to secure elections

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

Key takeaways from Democratic presidential debate in L.A.

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

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

Democrats announce early primary state debate schedule

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