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2020 Election News

Ledyard Democrats name new candidate for Town Council vacancy

Hilary Evans has been nominated to fill a vacancy on the Town Council.

Preston Republicans have no candidate for first selectman

No Republican candidate expressed interest in running for first selectman at Friday's endorsement caucus.

Griswold, endorsed for reelection, still has work to do in Old Lyme

The Republican Town Committee also nominated retired state trooper Matt Ward for selectman.

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


Norwich Democrats endorse mayor candidate and full slates for council, school board

Norwich Democrats endorsed slates of six candidates each for City Council and Board of Education on Thursday, as well as mayoral candidate Mark Bettencourt.

Eastern Pequots electing new chairman Saturday

Three candidates vying to succeed Katherine Sebastian Dring, chairman of the Eastern Pequot Tribal Council since 2015.

East Lyme Democrats oust longtime selectwoman

Rose Ann Hardy, a retired educator in the East Lyme school system, has served as deputy selectman three times and as interim first selectman once since she was first elected in 1985.

Norwich Republicans endorse full slate for Nov. 2 election

The Norwich Republican Town Committee endorsed six candidates for the City Council, six for Board of Education and incumbent Mayor Peter Nystrom.

Both parties endorse Chesebrough for Stonington first selectman

Unaffiliated First Selectwoman Danielle Chesebrough will run unopposed for reelection this November after she was endorsed by both the Democratic and Republican town committees Thursday night.

New London Republicans field slate of 14 candidates

City Republicans have candidates for all 14 seats in the upcoming elections for City Council and Board of Education.

Democrat announces challenge to Rep. Joe Courtney

Democrat Anthony DiLizia is running in Connecticut’s 2nd U.S. House District against Rep. Joe Courtney. (Courtesy of DiLizia)

Anthony DiLizia, an Army veteran, says he wants to break Rep. Joe Courtney’s grip on eastern Connecticut.

3 Texas Democrats who fled elections bill vote get COVID

In this Thursday, July 8, 2021 file photo, Texas Rep. Chris Turner, D-Arlington, speaks as the Democratic members of the Texas House gather after a recess in the opening day of a special session in Austin, Texas. Three of the Democratic state lawmakers who fled Texas to stymie a Republican-backed effort to impose broad new voting restrictions have tested positive for COVID-19, the Texas House's Democratic caucus said Saturday, July 17, 2021. “This is a sober reminder that COVID is still with us, and though vaccinations offer tremendous protection, we still must take necessary precautions,” caucus Chairman Chris Turner said in the statement, adding that the caucus was conferring with health experts in Texas to get additional guidance. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Three of the Democratic state lawmakers who fled Texas to stymie a Republican-backed effort to impose new voting restrictions have tested positive for COVID-19 in the nation's capital

Preston Republicans seek candidates for fall election

The Preston Republican Town Committee will hold an endorsement caucus Friday, July 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Preston Plains Middle School.

Texas Democrats leave state to try to stop GOP voting bill

Supporters gather on the street as Democrats from the Texas Legislature arrive by bus to board a private plane headed for Washington, D.C., Monday, July 12, 2021, in Austin, Texas. By leaving, Democrats again deny the GOP majority a quorum to pass bills, barely a month after their walkout thwarted the first push for sweeping new voting restrictions in Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Democrats in the Texas Legislature are bolting for Washington, D

Texas GOP advances voting restrictions as hundreds push back

Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio, holds a sign as he and other Democratic caucus members join a rally on the steps of the Texas Capitol to support voting rights, Thursday, July 8, 2021, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Texas Republicans have advanced bills that would make voting harder in a state that already has some of the nation’s toughest restrictions after hundreds spoke against the proposals

Voting rights ruling increases pressure on Democrats to act

In this Nov. 4, 2020, file photo Maricopa County elections officials count ballots at the Maricopa County Recorder's Office in Phoenix. The Supreme Court has upheld voting restrictions in Arizona in a decision that could make it harder to challenge other voting measures put in place by Republican lawmakers following last year's elections. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

Congressional Democrats are facing renewed pressure to pass legislation that would protect voting rights after a Supreme Court ruling made it harder to challenge Republican efforts to limit ballot...

Historians: Trump wasn't worst U.S. president

Former President Donald Trump speaks near a section of the border wall on Wednesday, June 30, 2021, in Pharr, Texas. (Joel Martinez/The Monitor via AP)

Despite being impeached twice, former President Donald Trump is not the worst president in U.S. history, according to 142 presidential historians surveyed by C-SPAN, the results of which were...

'The crime of the century': Trump airs election grievances at Ohio rally

Former President Donald Trump throws 'Save America

Donald Trump has reprised his baseless election grievances in his first campaign-style rally since leaving the White House

Three area Republican state legislators show independent streak

State Reps. Kathleen McCarty, R-Waterford, left, and Holly Cheeseman, R-East Lyme, examine their names on the big screen listing the members of the House of Representatives after being sworn in on the opening day of the 2019 legislative session Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, at the State Capitol in Hartford.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Reps Cheeseman, McCarty and Carney voted with Democrats on important bills during the recently completed General Assembly session.

Justice Department suing Georgia over state's new voting law

Attorney General Merrick Garland speaks during a news conference on voting rights at the Department of Justice in Washington, Friday, June 25, 2021. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The Justice Department is suing Georgia over the state’s voting laws

East Lyme capital spending talk turns into argument against critical race theory

A taxpayer at the special town meeting asked voters to oppose a $1 million bonding request from the schools to send "a clear message" to the Board of Education.

Two-time Democratic first selectman candidate looks forward to longer campaign and to victory

Alberti lost to current First Selectman Mark Nickerson in 2019 by 184 votes. He is not running for reelection.

GOP filibuster halts Democrats' signature voting bill

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., heads to the chamber to begin the week as Democrats try to advance President Joe Biden's legislative agenda, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, June 21, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The Democrats’ expansive elections and voting bill is all but certain to be rejected in a key Senate test vote

Carlson announces bid for North Stonington First Selectman

Robert Carlson, left, answers a question while fellow candidates, from left, Asa Palmer, Mike Urgo and Nita Kincaid listen Oct. 1, 2017, during the debate for selectman of North Stonington at Wheeler Library.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Selectman Bob Carlson will run for first selectman in the November election.

Comings and goings on Ledyard Town Council

For the second time in two months, the Town Council is filling a vacancy on its panel.

Preston voters approve both school and town budgets for 2021-22

Voters bucked past trends Wednesday and approved both the 2021-22 school and town government budgets in the first referendum try.

Special General Assembly session could address voting rights, climate initiatives

Aside from recreational cannabis, there are a few other priorities lawmakers would like to get to during the upcoming legislative special session.

Manchin's opposition clouds future of Dems' elections bill

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is surrounded by reporters as senators rush to the chamber for votes ahead of the approaching Memorial Day recess, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, May 26, 2021. Lawmakers still face standoffs on an infrastructure bill, police reform, voting rights, and a bipartisan commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

A key Democratic senator says he won't not vote for the largest overhaul of U.S. election law in at least a generation

Biden pushes for US voting rights law as restrictions mount

President Joe Biden speaks as he commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa race massacre, at the Greenwood Cultural Center, Tuesday, June 1, 2021, in Tulsa, Okla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Joe Biden has used the 100th anniversary of Tulsa’s race massacre to plea for sweeping legislation in Congress to protect the right to vote

Texas Democrats' walkout escalates voting battles

State Rep. Nicole Collier, D- Fort Worth, the chairwoman of the Legislative Black Caucus, speaks at a news conference at the Capitol on Sunday May 30, 2021, against Senate Bill 7, known as the Election Integrity Protection Act. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

A dramatic late-night walkout in the Texas Capitol that blocked sweeping new voting restrictions is giving Democrats a boost of morale after months of racking up losses in GOP-controlled statehouses...

Texas GOP puts final touches on sweeping voting restrictions

In this May 6, 2021, file photo, a group opposing new voter legislation gather outside the House Chamber at the Texas Capitol in Austin, Texas. Texas Republicans dug in Saturday, May 29, for a final weekend vote on some of the most restrictive new voting laws in the U.S., finalizing a sweeping bill that would eliminate drive-thru voting, reduce polling hours and scale back Sunday voting, when many Black churchgoers head to the polls. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Texas Republicans are digging in for a final weekend vote on some of the most restrictive new voting laws in the U.S. A sweeping bill finalized Saturday would eliminate drive-thru voting, reduce...