2018 Local Election News

Candidates for East Lyme, Salem House seat differ on tolls and tax proposals

Democrat Hugh McKenney and incumbent Republican state Rep. Holly Cheeseman, seen in this composite image, are vying for the 37th District House seat.

Republican state Rep. Holly Cheeseman and her opponent for the House, Hugh McKenney, have distinct positions on tolls and other proposed taxes.

Ledyard charter revision on November ballot

Alongside selecting state representatives and senators, residents will be voting whether to approve a new set of charter revisions when they take to the polls Nov. 6.

Carney, Pugliese run for 23rd District House seat

Candidates for the 23rd District State Representative seat Matt Pugilese, left, a Democrat, and Devin Carney, the Republican incumbent, are seen in this composite image.

Incumbent State Rep. Devin Carney, R-Old Lyme, and Old Saybrook Democratic candidate Matt Pugliese are vying to represent voters in the 23rd District.

Somers, Statchen hold their own in substantive debate

18th District state Sen. Heather Somers, R-Groton, shakes the hand of her Democratic challenger, Bob Statchen, at the conclusion of their debate Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, at Fitch High School.  (Tim Cook/The Day)

Crowd estimated at more than 400 attend the 18th Senate District debate Wednesday at Fitch High School in Groton.

Aresimowicz says he'll form Blue Ribbon Panel on Tourism

House Speaker to form advisory panel that would report directly to legislature.

House candidate files police report for threatening email

John Scott, the Republican candidate for the 40th District House seat, went to the Town of Groton Police Department on Monday.

Somers endorsed by charter boat group

State Sen. Heather Somers, the Groton Republican seeking re-election in the 18th District, announced that she has been endorsed by the Connecticut Charter & Party Boat Association.

Voter registration sessions to be held Oct. 30 at Lyme and Old Lyme

Voter registration sessions will be held at both Lyme and Old Lyme town halls from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30. The voter registration deadline is Oct. 30 for in-person...

State Senate candidates to face off in debates

On Monday, the Charter Oak Federal Credit Union headquarters in Waterford will host the 20th Senate District debate.

Another election may pass before Seaside's fate is known

Buildings of the former Seaside Regional Center in Waterford are seen March 22, 2018.  The former tuberculosis hospital, designed by renowned architect Cass Gilbert, was designated a state park in a surprise announcement by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in 2014. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

DEEP has twice delayed the process to recruit a developer to invest in Seaside in Waterford, and officials won't say whether there will be any announcement before Election Day.

Groton Registrars announce voter registration session

The Groton Registrars have announced they will hold a voter registration session from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 30 at the Groton Human Services Building

Lamont pitches ideas for savings, saying he'd start with state employee health plans

Democrat Ned Lamont speaks as he meets Republican Bob Stefanowski during the first gubernatorial debate between the two candidates on Sept. 12, 2018, at The Garde Arts Center in New London. Lamont met with The Day's editorial board Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, to outline ideas for savings in the state budget.  (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Connecticut needs to make reforms like New Jersey, which is pushing employees and retirees to use in-network doctors and generic drugs.

Connecticut residents to vote on proposed constitution amendments

They involve two contested topics: the state’s special transportation fund and sale procedures for state-owned lands.

Osten, Lounsbury renew feud in 19th Senate District debate

Democratic incumbent state Sen. Cathy Osten and her Republican opponent, Mark Lounsbury, shake hands Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, after their 19th District Senate debate at Kelly Magnet Middle School in Norwich.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Challenger denies filing complaint that prompted FBI agents to interview townspeople

Groups weigh in on proposed Groton charter revisions

Voters on Nov. 6 will get a chance to vote on revisions to the town's charter, a topic that has sparked interest on both sides.

Trump-like nickname drops in the 18th District Senate race

This composite image shows a mailer attacking Democrat Bob Statchen, recently sent to voters in the 18th Senate District, that was paid for by the Senate Republican Campaign Committee and approved by state Sen. Heather Somers.

A campaign mailer labels Democrat Bob Statchen, who teaches at the Coast Guard Academy, "Radical Professor."

State Senate candidates to face off in debates

The Day's state Senate debate series kicks off Thursday in Norwich with the 19th District candidates. It will begin at 7 p.m. and be live streamed on theday.com.

Lamont, Griebel agree state needs to spend more on tourism

Candidates for governor say they're constrained by state's fiscal straits.

Osten says FBI found nothing amiss in Sprague

A complaint was found to be "unsubstantiated," resident state trooper advises in Facebook post.

State Senate candidates to face off in debates

The hourlong debates begin at 7 p.m. and will be live streamed on theday.com.

Kepple, Ritacco face off in regional probate court judge race

Democrat Nicholas F. Kepple of Stonington, the current Southeastern Connecticut Regional Probate Court judge, faces a challenge from Republican attorney Salvatore Ritacco of Pawcatuck in the November...

Statewide business group endorses Somers for re-election

State Sen. Heather Somers, R-Groton, announced Friday that the Connecticut Business & Industry Association has endorsed her bid for re-election.

The GOP seems to have lost its Joe Courtney challenger

Republican candidate for the Connecticut 2nd congressional District Dan Postemski. (Courtesy of Dan Postemski)

Candidate Dan Postemski seems to have disappeared from the campaign trail and his campaign Facebook page comes up as an expired link.

Tong calls out duck and cover by Connecticut GOP on Kavanaugh

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018.  (Tom Williams/Pool Image via AP)

Democratic candidate for attorney general William Tong says Kavanaugh should withdraw and challenges GOP candidates to address the nomination.

Eastern Connecticut sees wave of gay Republican candidates for state House

John Scott, Ken Richards, Shaun Mastroianni and A.J. Kerouac are running for districts 40, 41, 43 and 50.

Want to vote but on an inactive list? There's still time to change that

A list of anyone removed from the voter rolls since Nov. 7, 2017, will be posted in Groton on Tuesday.

Special voter registration session to be held in New London

The New London registrars of voters will be holding a two-hour session to complete a preliminary registry list of voters in the city.

Physicians group honors Heather Somers

State senator is cited for legislative efforts on behalf of profession.

East Lyme registrars of voters announce special session

The registrars of voters announced that they will hold a special session from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at their office in the East Lyme Community Center.

Opponents of Groton charter revisions to hold info sessions

The info sessions will be held at the Groton Public Library on Oct. 2 and 10.

Getting out the vote in Norwich

Will Ambruso, 13, left, and Kaie Quimby, 12, offer voter registration forms to parents dropping off children for school at the Integrated Day Charter School in Norwich during a voter registration drive Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Students at the Integrated Day Charter School are holding a voter registration drive this week.

Why did Sen. Somers vote no on banning bump stocks?

An employee of North Raleigh Guns demonstrates how a bump stock works Feb. 1, 2013, at the Raleigh, N.C., shop. Connecticut legislators overwhelmingly passed a bill this year banning the rapid-fire rifle accessories. (AP Photo/Allen Breed, File)

An interesting race is shaping up in the 18th Senate District, with Sen. Heather Somers defending her seat against newcomer Bob Statchen, a lawyer and Air Force veteran.

Norwich registrars, city clerk to hold special sessions for election

Norwich election officials will hold special sessions in October in preparation for the Nov. 6 election.

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.

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