2019 Local Election News

Stonington registrars to hold registry list session on Oct. 1

The Registrars of Voters will hold a session on Tuesday, Oct. 1, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Town Hall to complete the preliminary registry list for the Nov. 5 election.

Gregory Moran defeats Edward Gauthier in Republican first selectman primary

Moran easily defeated endorsed candidate Gauthier, 99-47, in Tuesday's primary.

New London ballot lottery draws interest from candidates

New London's Democratic Registrar of Voters William Giesing and acting Republican Registrar of Voters Shannon Brenek in the background, conduct a lottery Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, to determine the order of candidates on the election ballot. Names were drawn from Dixie cups and tacked to a bulletin board. (Greg Smith/The Day)

Candidates running for office in the upcoming municipal election would like to think that a connection with voters and hard work on the campaign trail are the keys to success in November.

Frida Berrigan will crack open New London's mayoral race

Green Party mayoral candidate Frida Berrigan on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, at home in New London. The painting above her shoulder is of her uncle Daniel Berrigan, the peace activist. (David Collins/The Day)

The daughter of famous peace activists, Berrigan is an unlikely but engaging candidate for mayor of New London

Democrats spar with Republican mayoral candidate over immigration in New London

Some city Democrats claim Republican mayoral candidate Martin Olsen supports “further deportations of New London residents.” Olsen says Democrats are being disingenuous.

New London Green Party fields council, school board candidates

Green Party Chairwoman Ronna Stuller is running for a spot on the City Council and Sharmaine Gregor for school board.

East Lyme Democrats select new candidate to run for first selectman

Camille Alberti (Submitted)

The Democratic Town Committee selected a new candidate to run against Republican First Selectman Mark Nickerson in this year’s election after the party’s endorsed candidate dropped out...

The Day seeks debate partners

The Day has begun planning for candidate debates in advance of the Nov. 5 municipal elections. We anticipate sponsoring debates in chief executive races — mayors and first selectmen.

Municipalities hosting lotteries for Nov. 5 ballot order

The ballot order lotteries will be open to residents.

Preston Republican first selectman hopefuls to face off in Sept. 10 primary

Gregory Moran, photographed at his employer Anderson Oil in Ledyard on Thursday, August 29, 2019, is the challenger for the Republican first selectman primary Sept. 10 in Preston. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Republicans Edward Gauthier and Gregory S. Moran Sr. will vy for the party nomination on the November ballot in a Sept. 10 primary.

Tribal councilor's election defeat marks end of an era

Mark Brown talks about his 24 years as a Mohegan Tribal councilor and chairman on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, at the Mohegan Government Building in Uncasville. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

After six terms and 24 years on Mohegan Tribal Council, Mark Brown's tenure ended in election defeat.

Council to take up Greens Harbor project costs

Lifeguard Jake Ganotti monitors Greens Harbor beach Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, as construction continues on the north end of the public beach. The city of New London has requested an additional $1.8 million from the state for the project aimed at improving drainage in the area and expanding the park and beach.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Mayor Michael Passero this week said he planned to provide a full accounting of the work at Greens Harbor Beach to the City Council — after the project is completed.

New London Democrats field new school board candidate

The New London Democratic Town Committee has replaced one of its Board of Education candidates due to a conflict with her job.

Second Republican candidate drops out of Stonington school board race

Emma Burnside submitted a letter to Town Clerk Cindy Ladwig, saying she was withdrawing her name from the list of Republican candidates for the board.

Democratic candidate drops out of East Lyme first selectman race

The Democratic candidate endorsed to run against First Selectman Mark Nickerson in this year’s election announced she has dropped out of the race due to health reasons.

Somers launches PAC to support Republican candidates

State senator launches political action committee dedicated to raising money for Republican candidates for the General Assembly and GOP town committees.

Voting in Mohegan Tribal Council election to end Sunday

Mark Brown, the longest-serving member of the council, is among three incumbents seeking new four-year terms.

Preston Republican first selectman primary going forward

The Sept. 10 primary between endorsed candidate Edward Gauthier and challenger Gregory S. Moran Sr. is underway, despite a pending elections complaint.

New London mayoral candidates spar over costs of beach project

Construction continues Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, on Pequot Avenue and at Greens Harbor Beach. The city of New London has requested an additional $1.8 million from the state for the project aimed at improving drainage in the area and expanding the park and beach.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Republican Mayoral Candidate Marty Olsen says Mayor Michael Passero has exceeded his authority when he spent an extra $1.8 million on the ongoing improvement project at Greens Harbor Beach.

Preston could see its first primary in 24 years — or not

Republican Gregory S. Moran Sr. filed a petition seeking a Republican primary for the first selectman seat but faces a complaint that the petition is invalid.

Griswold to face Reemsnyder for Old Lyme’s top office

Tim Griswold, former longtime Republican first selectman, announced he will once again vie for the town’s top office this week, setting up a rematch with Bonnie Reemsnyder.

Sabilia, Kelly top Democratic ticket against Republicans Brule, Nazarchyk in Waterford

Democratic RTM member and former New London Mayor Beth Sabilia is teaming up with RTM member Joshua Steele Kelly to face off against Republican Selectman Rob Brule and Board of Education member Jody...

Timothy Griswold seeks signatures for return to top office in Old Lyme

Griswold is collecting signatures to return to office in light of "recent news items" involving sitting First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder.

Incumbent McDaniel, council Chair McNally in rematch for Montville mayor

Following recent party endorsements, a rematch is officially set for the mayor's seat with Democratic incumbent Ron McDaniel facing another challenge from Republican Town Council Chairman Tom McNally.

Groton Republicans, Democrats endorse candidates

The Groton Republican Town Committee and Democratic Town Committees endorsed last week their slates of candidates for the upcoming November municipal election.

Groton Independent Party to hold caucus on Aug. 5

The Groton Independent Party has announced it will hold a caucus of its members at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5

Ledyard committees finalize November endorsements

Ahead of the town clerk filing deadline Wednesday, the Republican and Democratic town committees have finalized their endorsements for mayor, Town Council and the Board of Education.

Reemsnyder to continue re-election campaign, may still face opposition

First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder said Friday that recent turmoil at the Connecticut Port Authority, including her resignation this week as its board chair, has not swayed her intention to run for...

New London Democrats, Republican announce slate of candidates

The City’s Democratic and Republican town committees nominated candidates for the upcoming election on Tuesday – a blend of familiar faces and newcomers to the political arena.

East Lyme Republicans, Democrats pick candidates for next election

Republican and Democratic Town Committees on Monday night endorsed their slate of candidates for positions across several boards and commissions in this year's upcoming election.

Preston Democrats endorse candidates for fall election

Preston Democrats endorsed Sandra Allyn-Gauthier as the party's first selectman candidate Tuesday.

Libertarian, petitioning candidate added to Norwich City Council ballot

Two-time Libertarian mayoral candidate William Russell and petitioning candidate Rebecca Melucci will be on the Norwich Nov. 5 election ballot for City Council.

Rob Simmons and wife to run for Stonington school board

Four days after announcing he will not seek re-election as first selectman, Rob Simmons and his wife, Heidi, and Emma Burnside were endorsed Monday by Republicans to run for the Board of Education.

Preston Republicans endorse candidates for fall election

Preston Republicans on Monday endorsed candidates for first selectman and town clerk/tax collector not named Robert Congdon and Hattie Wucik for the first time in two decades.

Green Party to field mayoral candidate in New London

The Greens have announced support for community organizer and author Frida Berrigan in her run for mayor and have started a petition drive to secure her a spot on the ballot.

Ledyard mayor seeking re-election

If re-elected, Mayor Fred Allyn III said he wants to continue focusing on economic development as well as town efficiency.

Simmons will not seek another term as Stonington first selectman

FILE - Former Congressman and Stonington Selectman Rob Simmons acknowledges friends in the crowds as the Mystic Memorial Day Parade marches along West Main Street to the drawbridge Monday, May 25, 2015. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Republican Selectman John Prue and unaffiliated Board of Finance member Danielle Chesebrough, who was nominated by the Democrats, will run for the seat.

Norwich Republicans nominate council, school board, treasurer candidates

The Republican Town Committee Wednesday nominated a slate of five candidates to run for City Council in fall, five for Board of Education and one for treasurer.

Norwich Democrats endorse candidates for City Council, school board

The Democratic Town Committee Tuesday endorsed a slate of six candidates to run for City Council this fall, another six candidates for the Board of Education.

Old Lyme selectwomen announce re-election bid

First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder and Selectwoman Mary Jo Nosal both announced their plans for re-election as town executive and right-hand woman last Wednesday.


Local races are all about turnout (and name order)

The results of the shocking Democratic New Haven primary showed the importance of a candidate getting his or her supporters to the polls.