2019 Local Election News

Preston first selectman candidates debate issues in front of full house

The two first selectman candidates fielded questions about budgets, the cleanup and development of the former Norwich Hospital property and their qualifications.

Selectman Prue opposed Stonington coastal resilience funding

The Republican candidate running for Stonington first selectman says he doesn't believe a town-commissioned study predicting ominous effects from rising sea levels.

League of Women Voters moderating North Stonington debate

The League of Women Voters of Southeastern Connecticut will host a moderated debate with the town's first selectman and board of selectmen candidates at 7 p.m. Monday at Wheeler Library.

2019 Debate Schedule

Debate Date/Time Location Notes
Waterford First Selectman candidates Sept. 26, 2019 @ 7 p.m. Waterford High School Watch video
New London Mayoral candidates Oct. 10, 2019 @ 6 p.m. C.B. Jennings International Magnet School Watch video
Preston First selectmen candidates Oct. 17, 2019 @ 7 p.m. Preston Plains Schools   
Old Lyme Selectmen Oct. 23, 2019 @ 7 p.m. Old Lyme Town Hall   
Montville Mayoral race Oct. 24, 2019 @ 7 p.m. Montville High School   
Stonington Selectmen Oct. 28, 2019 @ 7 p.m. Stonington Commnity Center (COMO)   
East Lyme First Selectmen Oct. 29, 2019 @ 7 p.m. East Lyme High School   


Chesebrough winning fundraising battle in Stonington first selectman race

Democratic first selectman candidate Danielle Chesebrough has raised more than twice as much in campaiagn funds as her Republican opponent, John Prue, in the eight-week reporting period that ended...

Debate to be held Tuesday for Norwich school board, City Council candidates

Back-to-back debates for Board of Education and City Council candidates will be held beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at Norwich Free Academy.

Norwich city clerk's office to be open Saturday, Oct. 26, for absentee ballots

The city clerk’s office will be open from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, to issue absentee ballots to Norwich registered voters for the Nov. 5 election.

New London Landmarks to host mayoral candidate forum

New London Landmarks on Wednesday, from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m., will host a forum for mayoral candidates in New London.

Groton registrars to hold voter registration session on Oct. 29

The Groton Registrars announced they will hold a voter registration session at the Registrar’s Office located at the Groton Human Services Building, 2 Fort Hill Road, from 5 to 7 p.m. on...

Brule, Sabilia battle for Waterford first selectman

In this file photo, Democrat Beth Sabilia, left in this composite image, and Republican Rob Brule, right, both vying to be Waterford first selectman in November’s election, face off in a debate Thursday night, Sept. 26, 2019, at Waterford High School. Go online at theday.com to read about the debate. (Photos by Dana Jensen/The Day)

How best to improve life and opportunities in a town with an uncertain economic future are central questions in the race to replace the retiring first selectman, which pits Republican Rob Brule...

60-plus candidates face off in Waterford

More than 60 candidates face off in races for Waterford's Representative Town Meeting and town boards.

Three mayoral candidates square off at debate in New London

Republican City Councilor Martin

From storefront vacancies and blight to offshore wind and garbage disposal, three candidates for mayor shared ideas and traded jabs on Thursday for a crowd that at times found it tough to contain...

11 candidates running for nine seats on Norwich Board of Education

Seven incumbents and four newcomers are in the race for Norwich school board.

Diverse field of candidates on the Norwich City Council ballot

The Norwich City Council ballot has 13 candidates includes six Democrats, five Republicans, a Libertarian and a petitioning candidate.

Norwich voters to decide on $5 million bond in Nov. 5 referendum

Norwich voters will decide in a referendum on Election Day whether to bond $5 million to reconstruct and pave city roads and bridges and improve drainage.

New London group to host school board candidate forum on Friday

The Neighborhood Alliance of New London is hosting a series of public debates for candidates in the local municipal election.

Two incumbents, five others seeking Mashantucket council seats

Seven candidates are vying for the two Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council seats up for election Sunday, Nov. 3.

New London mayoral debate Thursday night

New London will see a three-way mayoral race this year, with, from left, Frida Berrigan of the Green Party, incumbent Democratic Mayor Michael Passero and Republican City Councilor Martin

Mayor Michael Passero will face off against his Republican challenger, City Councilor Martin T. Olsen Jr., and Green Party candidate Frida Berrigan.

Greens Harbor project completed — but at a hefty cost

An excavator stacks cofferdam steel Aug. 9, 2019, on Greens Harbor Beach during construction there and on nearby Pequot Avenue. The drainage and park improvement projects at Greens Harbor Beach are completed but have come with a price tag far heftier than the original $1.9 million estimate.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

The drainage and park improvement projects at Greens Harbor Beach are completed but the price tag has ballooned to more than twice the original $1.9 million estimate.

Grab the popcorn for the New London mayoral debate

New London will see a three-way mayoral race this year, with, from left, Frida Berrigan of the Green Party, incumbent Democratic Mayor Michael Passero and Republican City Councilor Martin

Mayor Michael Passero faces challenges from the left and right.

Four Mohegan councilors start terms; Gessner elected chairman

James Gessner Jr., named eight months ago to serve as the Mohegan Tribal Council’s interim chairman, won election to the post on a permanent basis Monday in voting among council members.

Twelve seek election to New London City Council

With just three of the seven city councilors seeking re-election this year, voters will choose from a field of relatively new faces at the polls in November.

New London should collect landing fees from ferry passengers

Fees from ferry passengers are a considerable revenue source for many port communities.

Ten seek election to New London school board

Similar to the changes at the City Council this year, the seven-member Board of Education will welcome at least three new faces after the November elections.

Three-way race for mayor in New London

New London will see a three-way mayoral race this year, with, from left, Frida Berrigan of the Green Party, incumbent Democratic Mayor Michael Passero and Republican City Councilor Martin

There is a three-way mayoral race in the city this year, with some diverging views on where the city should be headed and just how it should get there.

Absentee ballots now available in Stonington for Nov. 5. election

Anyone who is ill or disabled, or expects to be out of town, may request to have an absentee ballot application sent to them.

East Lyme ballot features full slate of candidates, a mix of new and familiar

Come Election Day, town residents will be selecting from more than 40 candidates running for spots across seven boards and commissions. Every race this election year, except for one, will be...

Alberti, Nickerson run for East Lyme first selectman

Incumbent Republican First Selectman Mark Nickerson, left, and Democratic Board of Finance member Camille Alberti will face off for East Lyme's first selectman's seat in November's election.

Republican First Selectman Mark Nickerson and Democratic finance board member Camille Alberti will square off for the town’s top seat this election season.

McDaniel, McNally mayoral rematch looms in Montville

Montville mayoral candidates, incumbent Democratic Mayor Ron McDaniel, left, and Republican Town Councilor Tom McNally, in this montage, will face off in November's election.

Democratic Mayor Ron McDaniel and Republican Town Council Chairman Tom McNally will face off for the mayor's seat on Election Day, a rematch between two longtime public servants.

Familiar names in Montville’s council, Board of Education races

Montville's races for Town Council, Board of Education and other town boards feature a host of familiar names, rematches.

New London mayoral candidate Olsen available to public on Thursday

Republican mayoral candidate Marty Olsen is holding a meet-and-greet on Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Kamp Dog, 15 Broad St.

Judge rejects request to add Green Party candidate to New London mayoral ballot

A judge on Monday denied New London Green member Frida Berrigan’s attempt to secure a spot on the upcoming election ballot alongside two major party mayoral candidates.

Salem Registrars of Voters hosting registry revision session

The session will remove all voters who have died or moved out of town, as well as voters who didn't respond to a 2015 notice confirming their residency.

Lyme ballot to feature mix of incumbents, new faces

Come Election Day, town residents will be selecting from among 21 candidates running for spots on seven boards and commissions, with four of the races being contested.

Running uncontested, Lyme first selectman cites town's fiscal progress

Though First Selectman Steve Mattson is running uncontested this year, he still wants his constituents to know that he will continue to keep putting smart “organization and business...

New London mayor takes his campaign on the road

The mayor is going out of town for a fundraiser with suggested donations of $100 to $1,000.

Ledyard registrars completing preliminary registry list for November election

The registrars' office is located in the lower level of Town Hall at 741 Colonel Ledyard Highway.

Two dozen candidates running for Ledyard's 18 council, school board seats

There are 13 Republicans and 11 Democrats total running for the nine Town Council and nine Board of Education seats up for grabs in November, but candidates in both races say the partisan politics...

Ledyard mayoral race puts incumbent, progressive Democrat head-to-head

Incumbent Mayor Fred Allyn III has a challenger in progressive petitioning candidate Rob Lawrence for the town's top seat.

VIDEO: Waterford first selectman candidates square off

Republican Rob Brule, center, and Democrat Beth Sabilia, right, shake hands behind Day Editorial Page Editor Paul Choiniere during the Waterford first selectman debate Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, at Waterford High School. Choiniere was moderating the debate, which was held by The Day in conjunction with the League of Women Voters of Southeastern Connecticut. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Rob Brule and Beth Sabilia squared off in a debate at Waterford High School on Thursday in the race to replace retiring Dan Steward as first selectman.

Norwich registrars office to hold special session

The registrars’ office will hold a special registry session Tuesday, Oct. 1, to complete the preliminary voter registry list.


Ignore nonsensical attack, Sabilia is Waterford's best choice

I was appalled to read, “Sabilia would lead Waterford down New...