Norwalk election notes: CEP for Perone, NARAL for Thomas

The election is Nov. 6.

Updated, 8:05 a.m.: Copy edits

NORWALK, Conn. – Here’s some election news for you:

  • Perone granted CEP funds, at last minute
  • Thomas gains endorsement from pro-choice PAC
  • Dems highlight House of Katia


Perone gets CEP funding

State Rep. Chris Perone (D-137) has squeaked in just under the wire, getting approved for Citizens’ Election Program funding at the last minute.

The deadline to qualify was Oct 19. Perone qualified as of Oct. 17, a Secretary of Election Enforcement Commission worker said. His campaign will receive a grant of $21,112.50.

Perone’s Republican opponent, Frank Page, qualified on Aug. 15, an official said.  According to Page’s Oct. 10 filing, he received $28,150 in CEP funds on Aug. 21.

“The Citizens’ Election Program is a voluntary program which provides full public financing to qualified candidates for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of the State, Treasurer, Comptroller, or Attorney General (“statewide office”) or for state senator or state representative (‘General Assembly’). The Program, administered by the State Elections Enforcement Commission (the “Commission”), is financed through the Citizens’ Election Fund, a non-lapsing fund that receives most of its funding from the sale of abandoned property in the State of Connecticut’s custody,” the State’s 2018 guide for candidates participating in the program states.

A candidate for State Representative must raise $5,100 from 150 of the District’s constituents, in amounts from $5 to $250, to qualify for funds.

The earliest that a candidate could have been approved was May 23.



Thomas endorsed by NARAL Pro-Choice PAC

Democratic District 143 State Representative candidate Stephanie Thomas has been endorsed by the Connecticut NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut PAC, according to a press release.

Thomas is seeking to unseat Republican State Rep. Gail Lavielle.

“NARAL Pro-Choice CT PAC is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to working toward the strongest protections in the nation for reproductive freedom, where every individual in Connecticut, regardless of race, gender identity, sexuality, immigration or economic status, can access the reproductive healthcare they need,” according to the press release.

“There is much at stake in Connecticut when it comes to women’s reproductive health,” Thomas is quoted as saying.  “I have long supported a women’s right to control their reproductive choice which often correlates directly with their economic security.  I am proud to stand up for all women’s rights from contraceptive coverage to pay equity to paid family leave.”

NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut PAC President Dolly Haddad is quoted as telling Thomas, “Based on your full support for reproductive rights in Connecticut, NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut PAC is pleased to endorse your candidacy for State Representative in District 143 in the upcoming November elections. We are excited about your support for women, and look forward to your involvement in working to make Connecticut the best state in the nation for reproductive rights through advocacy at the local level.”


Wooden brings Dems to Norwalk business

Democratic Candidate for State Treasurer Shawn Wooden stops in Wednesday at the House of Katia on Main Street. (Contributed)

Prominent Connecticut Democrats stopped in Wednesday to the House of Katia on Main Street to highlight “the importance and growth of women-owned businesses in Connecticut,” according to a press release.

The stop was part of State Treasurer candidate Shawn Wooden’s “Investing in the Right Priorities” tour.  The release states:

“Katia Garcon’s boutique is one of an estimated 112,500 women-owned businesses in Connecticut, employing 95,500 workers and contributing more than $16 billion annually to the state’s economy, according to the 2018 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, published by American Express.

“A recent study shows that the number of companies owned by women in Connecticut grew by 20 percent since 2007, mainly driven by minority entrepreneurs. That increase is well above the state’s overall business growth, which lags near the bottom nationally.

“Garcon is a native of Haiti who opened her boutique in 2015 after earning degrees in gemology and jewelry design technology at the Gemological Institute of America.”


“Wooden was joined at the event by Congressman Jim Himes, candidate for Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz, Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling, candidate for State Rep. Lucy Dathan and Mariella Castagnet, President of the Greater Norwalk Hispanic Chamber of Commerce,” the release said.

Dathan is seeking to unseat State Rep. Fred Wilms (R-142). Wooden is opposed by Republican candidare Thad Gray and Libertarian candidate Jesse Brohinsky.

“Women like Katia are leading business growth in Connecticut,” Wooden is quoted as saying. “Her drive and energy is exactly what Connecticut needs right now, and as Treasurer I will support these kinds of start-ups in any way I can.”

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