NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalkers will join the rest of the state Tuesday in going to the polls to choose who will govern the state for the next four years, and who will represent the local districts for the next two years.
Most polls show Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ned Lamont leading Republican Bob Stefanowski, with Stefanowski topping Lamont in one poll out of nine.
“The bottom line, according to both campaigns, is that the race is competitive, with the result resting on who turns out in a season of political cross-currents. Connecticut is one of 11 states with gubernatorial races generally rated as toss-ups,” the CT Mirror reports.
Also on the ballot is Oz Griebel under “Griebel Frank for CT Party,” Libertarian candidate Rodney Hanscomb and Amigo Constitution Liberty Party candidate Mark Stewart Greenstein.
U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D) is being challenged by Republican Matthew Corey. Murphy also has a Working Families Party endorsement; Richard Lion is running as a Libertarian. CTNewsJunkie has information for you:
The 4th Congressional District race between Democratic incumbent Jim Himes and Republican challenger Harry Arora has resulted in three contentious debates, two of which are presented on NancyOnNorwalk as videos:
Locally, Republican candidate Marc D’Amelio is hoping to take down State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-25), spending his CEP funds on a $3,000 a month SoNo headquarters and reportedly approaching voters on Washington Street. D’Amelio treasurer Bryan Meek has called attention to what he says are campaign finance irregularities, the money paid to campaign director Mary Pugh, who lives in Duff’s house, and Duff’s Third Street PAC, while Duff, who has held the seat since 2005, is banking on his long-standing popularity in the community while keeping a low-profile in the press.
The difference in the campaigns can be summed up in the campaign slogans: For Duff, “Kindness comes back to you,” and for D’Amelio, “Enough Duff.” The pair have presented videos to market their opinions on Facebook.
NancyOnNorwalk also has a video of their recent debate, which you can find here.
Duff is also a Working Families Party candidate; D’Amelio is endorsed by the Independent Party.
The Judge for Probate seat is open, with Republican former State Rep. Larry Cafero running against Democratic Common Council member Doug Stern.
The 140th District seat is also up for grabs, as State Rep. Bruce Morris (D) is retiring after 12 years in the statehouse. Former World Boxing Association super welterweight champ Travis Simms is hoping to capitalize on his 10 years on the Common Council and hometown roots to win the higher profile position, while high profile Democrats including Mayor Harry Rilling and former Mayor Bill Collins are supporting Working Families Party candidate Colin Hosten, who won 47.8 percent of the vote in a Democratic primary despite his newcomer status. Meanwhile Republican candidate John Flynn has soldiered on without Citizens Election Program funding, speaking on behalf of SoNo residents at many public meetings and campaigning via Facebook. Flynn also has the Independent Party endorsement.
For more information on that race, see this story.
In other races, most incumbent local State Representatives have challengers.
State Rep. Chris Perone (D-137), who has held the seat since 2005, is competing against Republican businessman Frank Page. Perone is also a Working Families Party candidate; Page is endorsed by the Independent Party.
You can watch their League of Woman Voters debate here: Page and Perone trade thoughts in League debate
State Rep. Fred Wilms (R-142), who was first elected in 2014, is being challenged by Democratic candidate Lucy Dathan, who moved to New Canaan in 2015. Both claim expertise in finance, with Wilms also touting his experience in municipal finances as former Norwalk Board of Estimate and Taxation chairman.
Wilms is endorsed by the Independent Party; Dathan is also a Working Families Party candidate. You can watch their debate here.
State Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-143), who was first elected in 2011, is being challenged by Democratic candidate Stephanie Thomas. Lavielle is endorsed by the Independent Party; Thomas is also a Working Families Party candidate.
Lavielle is endorsed by the Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA), the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the Connecticut REALTORS, and the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters (CTLCV). Thomas is endorsed by NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut. Both are Moms Demand Action Gun Sense candidates of distinction. You can watch their Wilton discussion here.
There are two questions on the ballot, one concerning a transportation fund lockbox and the other concerning constitutional amendment to protect state land from being sold or given away without public input.
CTNewJunkie has information for you on those here.