2018 Local Election News

GOP candidates can't explain how a Gov. Stefanowski would end the income tax

GOP gubernatorial candidate Bob Stefanowski has yet to explain how he would execute his promise to eliminate the income tax in eight years, and Republicans further down the ballot can't say how it...

Murphy says state residents are focused on economic issues

Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., stands during a media availability on Capitol Hill, Monday, June 20, 2016 in Washington. A divided Senate blocked rival election-year plans to curb guns on Monday, eight days after the horror of Orlando's mass shooting intensified pressure on lawmakers to act but knotted them in gridlock anyway ó even over restricting firearms for terrorists. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The senator told a chamber audience Connecticut needs to invest in small “livable” cities like Norwich, New London and Willimantic.

Here comes the Connecticut blue wave

Not only do Republican candidates have an unpopular president to defend, but the gubernatorial candidate at the head of their ticket is Trump without the charm of celebrity.

Preston voters reject moving polling place, ask for study first

Preston voters defeated a plan to move voting to the town elementary school and unanimously approved setting up a committee to study the issue first.

Griebel, outside of debate, shares his vision

Independent candidate Oz Griebel, right, and his running mate Monte Frank talk with reporters Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, outside The Garde before the first debate between Democrat Ned Lamont and Republican Bob Stefanowski. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Being disqualified from Wednesday night's gubernatorial debate did not stop independent candidate Oz Griebel from showing up to share his vision for leading Connecticut, and arguing that his...

Stefanowski takes fight to Lamont in Garde debate

Democrat Ned Lamont, left, looks on as Republican Bob Stefanowski speaks 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)

"Dan Malloy has ruined this state and if he (Lamont) gets in, it's going to be more of the same," GOP candidate says.

19 candidates for state office make case to realtors, home builders

Nineteen candidates for the Connecticut General Assembly on Wednesday morning addressed a meeting of the Eastern Connecticut Association of Realtors and the Home Builder and Remodelers Association of...

Gubernatorial debate Wednesday in New London

Gubernatorial debate Wednesday in New London

Montville election officials must retrain on voter assistance

Town election officials must be retrained regarding assistance to voters who are blind, disabled or unable to read or write following a 2017 complaint from a woman who alleged moderators infringed on...

Progressive coalition plans speeches, door-to-door campaign Saturday

Hundreds of progressive volunteers and advocates will rally and knock on doors Saturday as part of the Thousands of Doors for Justice campaign in seven cities across the state, including New London.

Connecticut to beef up cybersecurity in advance of general election

In advance of the Nov. 6 election, Connecticut plans to provide cybersecurity training to local election officials and hire IT professionals to assess vulnerabilities within voter registration lists...

Will candidates for governor release their tax returns?

It's time for the traditional act of transparency, when candidates show how much money they make and what taxes they pay.

Griebel, independent candidate for governor, says he deserves to be part of debates

Independent gubernatorial candidate Oz Griebel said Tuesday that he will make an appearance at the Sept. 12 debate sponsored by The Day and WTNH News 8 whether he's invited to participate or not.

Why doesn't Ned Lamont look into the camera?

The Democratic candidate for governor appears to look away from the camera, a posture that has caught the notice of some voters.

Preston to consider moving polling place to school

A town meeting will be held Sept. 13 on a proposal to move the town’s polling place for all elections and referendums to the Preston Veterans’ Memorial School.

Gubernatorial debate set for the Garde

Gubernatorial candidates Bob Stefanowski and Ned Lamont will debate at the Garde Arts Center, 325 State St., on Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. in an event sponsored by The Day and WTNH News 8.

Ziobron to open campaign headquarters on Thursday

Republican Melissa Ziobron, the 34th District state representative who is running for the 33rd District Senate seat, has announced that she will open her campaign headquarters on Thursday at 105 Elm...

Independent Party endorses Mastroianni for 43rd District state rep seat

Shaun Mastroianni of Stonington, the Republican candidate for the 43rd District state House seat, announced Monday night that he has been endorsed by The Independent Party of Connecticut.

Welch-Collins still tops 38th District Democratic primary after recount

Representative Town Meeting member Baird Welch-Collins secured the Democratic nomination by edging out area nurse manager Patrick Murphy by just eight votes.

Southeastern CT sees voter registration surge

Reflecting a statewide trend, new voter registrations in southeastern Connecticut have spiked dramatically in the current midterm cycle.

Recounts set for Waterford, Montville in 38th District Democratic primary

Waterford and Montville officials say they are preparing recounts next week after a tight Democratic primary for the 38th state House District seat.

Linares issues statements to thank campaign supporters, congratulate Gray

State Sen. Art Linares, R-Westbrook, issued statements on Wednesday to thank those who supported him in his campaign for State Treasurer and congratulated the Republican nominee Thad Gray, to whom...

Welch-Collins, Rotella emerge as Democratic nominees in 38th and 43rd District races

Kate Rotella, right, hugs close friend Geraldine Cunningham of Hopkinton, R.I., moments before official results were released announcing her victory over Chris Donahue in the Democratic primary for the state House of Representatives 43rd District, as results are released on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, at the Stonington Town Hall. Rotella's media coordinator, Joe Trelli, looks on in the background. (Tim Martin/The Day)

Baird Welch-Collins on Tuesday topped Patrick Murphy and Nick Gauthier in a tight contest for the Democratic nomination for the 38th state House of Representative seat.

Endorsed candidate wins Preston Democratic primary for registrar

Endorsed candidate Karen Stockton won Tuesday’s Democratic primary for registrar of voters, defeating incumbent Cheryl Roberts 151 to 86 votes.

Connecticut primary voters didn't have good choices

Self-funding millionaires, a felon and perennially unpopular candidates crowded the primary field.

Midterm primaries follow registration surge

Almost a quarter of a million new voters might head to the polls this election season, which kicks off today in a handful of local and statewide primaries at a time when new registrations dwarf the...

Candidates for governor supportive of casino expansion

Gubernatorial hopefuls would seek to accommodate southeastern Connecticut's gaming tribes.

Where to vote in Tuesday's primary

If you're a registered Democrat or Republican, where do you need to go to vote in Tuesday's primary? Here's a list of polling places across the region.

Candidates differ in their level of support for Electric Boat

The Virginia-class attack submarine South Dakota is seen under construction on the waterfront at General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton on Jan. 27, 2017. Ahead of the primary Tuesday, Aug. 14, Connecticut's major party candidates for governor are weighing in on what kind of support they think the state should give to Electric Boat and other large employers. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

The state of Connecticut has given Electric Boat at least $100 million in economic incentives over the past 10 years. Would that continue under the next governor?

Candidates show bipartisan opposition to Griswold gun range proposal, save for Ganim

Candidate for governor Tim Herbst, center, asks state Sen. Heather Somers, left partially shown, a question while he and other candidates for state office, including candidate for attorney general Sue Hatfield, second from left, are shown a map by Voluntown First Selectman Tracey Hanson, right, of where the state wants to build a state police gun range near the Pachaug State Forest in Griswold and how it would affect Voluntown's recreational area in the forest. Herbst and the others were talking before a news conference against the proposed gun range, held at Buttonwood Farm in Griswold on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Griswold residents have been rejoicing in the gubernatorial candidates' responses on a proposed gun range: all five of the Republicans and one of the Democrats on the Aug. 14 primary ballots have...

Democrats fight for nomination in hunt for 38th District seat

Candidates Baird Welch-Collins, Patrick Murphy and Nick Gauthier on Tuesday night shared their stories and answered questions from the community as they head into next week's primary seeking the...

Ahead of primary, Stemerman promotes his business-minded approach in Mystic

David Stemerman, Republican candidate for governor, left, looks at the Mystic River while he and Stonington First Selectman Rob Simmons stand on the Mystic River bridge while getting a tour of a few businesses in Mystic by Simmons on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

GOP gubernatorial candidate David Stemerman pushed for eliminating the business entity tax and increasing tourism funding during a tour of several Mystic businesses Tuesday.

State treasurer candidate would divert share of sports-betting revenue to state pension funds

Dita Bhargava, a Democratic candidate for state treasurer, said Monday she’d push to commit a share of the revenue the state would derive from sports betting to the state teachers’ and...

If Ganim wins, Lamont could Lieberman him

Could Ned Lamont be planning to secure a place on the general election gubernatorial ballot if his opponent in the Democratic primary, the popular mayor of Bridgeport, beats him?

Gubernatorial hopefuls discuss issues facing the arts sector

Five candidates for governor participate in the Create the Vote CT, a public gubernatorial candidate forum about arts, culture and the future of Connecticut's economy, held at the Mainstage Theater in the Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School in New Haven, Conn., on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. From left, Ann Nyberg moderates, and candidates Ned Lamont, Tim Herbst, Oz Griebel, David Stemerman and Joe Ganim participate in the forum. (Tim Martin/The Day)

In the first gubernatorial forum of its kind, five candidates took the stage in a crowded auditorium at New Haven’s Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School on Tuesday night to discuss...

Are Herbst, Linares helping Russians sow divisiveness?

Fanned by protests from gubernatorial candidate Tim Herbst and candidate for treasurer Sen. Art Linares, the story about the Pledge of Allegiance became perfect fodder for the Russian election...

Groton registrars to hold enrollment session July 31

The Town of Groton Registrar of Voters is holding an enrollment session on Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m.

Rotella, Donahue seek Democratic nod for 43rd District seat in Aug. 14 primary

Chris Donahue, left, and Kate Rotella, Democratic candidates for the 43rd District state representative seat, stand outside Stonington Town Hall on Friday, July 27, 2018.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Chris Donahue of Pawcatuck received enough votes at the party caucus to force an Aug. 14 primary with Kate Rotella of Mystic to determine who will be the party’s candidate for the 43rd...

East Lyme registrars to hold special registration session

The East Lyme registrars of voters will hold a special registration session from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 31.

GOP candidate Obsitnik pushes efficiency, digital innovation for state government

Army veteran Jim Kichline of Westbrook laughs as he talks with Steve Obsitnik, gubernatorial candidate, during a campaign stop on Thursday, July 26, 2018, at Jordan Brook Plaza in Waterford. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Steve Obsitnik, one of five GOP gubernatorial candidates in an upcoming primary, is pushing for digital innovation and job growth for Connecticut.

Opinion

Reasons given to block Oz Griebel from debate outdated and wrong

The standards the Day and its debate co-sponsors are using to determine who should be allowed on the debate stage are not relevant in today’s media world.