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2020 Election News

Incumbent Republican Brian Lanoue endorsed in 45th House District

Republican state Rep. Brian Lanoue was endorsed unanimously in a bid for his third term in the newly reconfigured 45th state House District.

Republican Robert Bell endorsed as 46th House District candidate

Republican candidate Robert Bell was endorsed Tuesday to run for the 46th state House District that covers the southern and urban sections of Norwich.

Republicans endorse Howard to seek relection as 43rd District state House

Republican State Rep. Greg Howard of Stonington was endorsed by his party Tuesday night to seek reelection to the 43rd District seat.

2020 State Senate Debate Schedule

— The following state senate debates were livestreamed on You can watch full replays of theme here:

Debate Date/Time Participants Notes
19th District Oct. 8; 7-8 pm Incumbent Sen. Cathy Osten (D), Steve Weir (R) Watch replay of full debate
20th District Oct. 20; 7-8 pm Incumbent Sen. Paul Formica (R), Martha Marx (D) Watch replay of full debate
18th District Oct. 21; 7-8 pm Incumbent Sen. Heather Somers (R), Bob Statchen (D) Watch replay of full debate
33rd District Oct. 22; 7-8 pm Incumbent Sen. Norm Needleman (D), Brendan Saunders (R) Watch replay of full debate


Sen. Somers endorsed for fourth term

State Sen. Heather Somers, R-Groton, announced in a news release that she unanimously was endorsed on Monday by the 18th District Republican Convention for her fourth term.

Democrat Nick Menapace endorsed in 37th State House District race

Menapace of Niantic will compete with incumbent Republican Rep. Holly Cheeseman of East Lyme for the seat.

Norwich photographer endorsed by Republicans in 19th Senate District

Norwich professional photographer Pietro Carmandella was endorsed by Republicans as the candidate for the 19th District state Senate seat.

Republicans field candidate seeking Formica's seat

Jerry Labriola Jr. of Old Saybrook accepted his party’s unanimous nomination on Monday, promising a “really positive, issue-driven campaign” and a “steady hand in unsteady...

Waterford RTM member endorsed by Democrats for 38th House District seat

Nicholas Gauthier, a two-term Waterford Representative Town Meeting member, announced Thursday that he accepted the endorsement of Waterford and Montville Democrats and received unanimous support of...

47th House District Democrats endorse Lisbon school board member

Democrats in the 47th state House District endorsed Lisbon Board of Education member Dave Nowakowski on Wednesday.

Democrats in the newly realigned 45th state House District seek candidate

Democrats in the newly reconfigured 45th state House District endorsed a placeholder candidate Wednesday to allow time to find a candidate.

State Rep. Holly Cheeseman endorsed by Republicans in the 37th House District

The district includes the towns of East Lyme, Salem and, after redistricting, a portion of Montville.

Bumgardner receives Democratic endorsement for 41st House district

Bumgardner received the Democratic endorsement Wednesday for the 41st House seat with unanimous support.

State Rep. Conley receives Democratic endorsement

State Rep. Christine Conley, D-Groton, who is running for her fourth term representing the 40th House district, received her party's endorsement.

State Rep. Kevin Ryan endorsed in the 139th House District

State Rep. Kevin Ryan, D-Montville was endorsed unanimously Wednesday in a bid for his 16th term in the newly reconfigured 139th state House district.

Rajab accepts Democratic nomination for 18th Senate District

Stonington Board of Education Chairman Farouk Rajab accepted the Democratic nomination for the 18th Senate District on Tuesday.

Courtney nominated for another term in 2nd Congressional District

Democrats back eight-term congressman during nominating convention in Norwich on Monday. He'll face Republican state Rep. Mike France in November.

Connecticut GOP nominates Bob Stefanowski for rematch with Gov. Ned Lamont

In a ballroom at Foxwoods Resort Casino on Friday night, delegates to the state convention endorsed Stefanowski and his running mate, Rep. Laura Devlin, 61, of Fairfield.

Connecticut Democrats nominate Blumenthal, cast themselves as defenders of democracy

Fellow Sen. Chris Murphy nominated his senior colleague, casting Blumenthal as someone who would fight for the party’s platform and ideals.

Norwich Democratic state Rep. Emmett Riley not running for reelection

Rep. Emmett Riley, D-Norwich, talks with Rep. Joshua Hall, D-Hartford, on opening day of the legislative session Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022, at the Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford. Riley has announced he is not seeking reelection.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Five-term state Rep. Emmett Riley will not seek reelection, and Alderman Derell Wilson announced Friday that he will run for the 46th District state House seat.

Waterford vote on Eversource contract scheduled for May 31

The town has set Tuesday, May 31 as the date for its referendum on an Eversource contract to heat two municipal buildings with natural gas.

Connecticut General Assembly votes to raise legislative salaries

The bill is meant to open up the possibility of political office to people from all income levels.

Stonington voters approve 2022-23 budget

Voters approved the proposed 2022-23 budget of $76.7 million, and its 0.19-mill tax rate decrease, by a vote of 523-381 at Tuesday's referendum.

East Lyme residents OK spending $3.79 million in federal pandemic relief aid

Approximately 35 residents gathered with town officials at a special meeting Wednesday to vote on the $3.79 million spending plan recommended by the American Rescue Plan Subcommittee last month.

Courtney's reelection campaign outraises opponent during first quarter

Incumbent draws substantial support from employees of General Dynamics and its Electric Boat division.

Waterford voters head to referendum over energy contract

The town will have its first referendum in nearly 20 years. Here's how it will work.

Stonington budget referendum on April 26

Voters will decide whether or not to approve the proposed 2022-23 budget of $76.7 million, and its 0.19-mill tax rate decrease, at an April 26 referendum.

City of Groton Republicans look to fill vacancies on boards and commissions

The City of Groton Republican Committee is looking to fill vacant positions on city boards and commissions with Republicans who live in the city.

Norwich Republican state House candidate to hold meet-and-greet, fundraiser Saturday

Republican Robert Bell, vying for the 46th District state House of Representatives seat, will hold a fundraiser and meet-and-greet with voters Saturday evening.

State Rep. Devin Carney to run for reelection in 23rd District

The Old Lyme Republican is aiming to return to the State Capitol for a fifth term in this November’s election.

Robert Boris announces he met Citizens' Election Program fundraising threshold

The president of Command Technology and Groton resident, who is seeking the 41st District state House seat, says he received over $6,000 in donations from more than 167 Groton, Mystic and Stonington...

Stonington approves voting redistricting plan

The town had to develop the plan after the state realigned its state House and Senate districts.

Absentee ballots for Stonington budget referendum now available

Absentee ballots for the April 26 budget referendum are now available in the Town Clerk's office.

Connecticut Public, League of Women Voters to produce and host debate series

The debates will be for Congress, for the secretary of the state and for the governor races.

GOP ads attack Lamont’s integrity; Democrats respond in kind

Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont hit by super PAC ads on TV and Republican Bob Stefanowski in ads on Facebook.

Somers will seek reelection to 18th District state Senate seat

Republican state Sen.Heather Somers of Groton announced Tuesday she will be seeking her fourth term representing the 18th District in November.

Justice Thomas hears calls to recuse from 2020 election cases after wife's pro-Trump texts revealed

Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, left, and his wife Virginia Thomas, right, leave the the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington after attending funeral services of the late Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, on Feb. 20, 2016. Virginia Thomas sent weeks of text messages imploring White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows to act to overturn the 2020 presidential election, furthering then-President Donald Trump's lies that the free and fair vote was marred by nonexistent fraud, according to copies of the messages obtained by The Washington Post and CBS News. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Justice Clarence Thomas is facing calls to recuse himself from U.S. Supreme Court cases involving the 2020 presidential election after revelations that his wife repeatedly pushed former President...

Justice Thomas' wife urged White House chief to pursue efforts to overturn 2020 election, texts show

Virginia Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, arrives to watch Amy Coney Barrett take the Constitutional Oath on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Oct. 26, 2020, after Barrett was confirmed by the Senate earlier in the evening. Virginia Thomas sent a series of increasingly urgent text messages imploring White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows to act to overturn the 2020 presidential election according to copies of the messages obtained by The Washington Post and CBS News. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Virginia Thomas, a conservative activist married to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, repeatedly pressed White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows to pursue unrelenting efforts to overturn the...

Stonington to vote on redistricting plan

The redistricting will take effect in August if there are any primaries. If there are no primaries, it will take effect for the November election.

Democrat Nick Gauthier of Waterford runs for 38th District state House seat

He announced Tuesday in a news release that he is running for the 38th District state House seat to represent Waterford and Montville.

Connecticut Senate passes bill expanding absentee ballot access

The bill passed despite protestations from Republicans.


Can Lamont contain State Pier corruption until the fall election?

The state continues to spend millions of dollars on a remake of State Pier, even as a federal criminal investigation probes the contracts.