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2021 Election News

Old Lyme first selectman touts experience, opponent calls for more information on town issues

Old Lyme First Selectman Timothy Griswold and first selectman candidate Martha Shoemaker on Monday, Oct. 25, 2021. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Republican First Selectman Timothy Griswold is running against school board member Martha Shoemaker.

Chmielewski, McKenney vie for Salem first selectman

Salem First Selectman candidate Ed Chmielewski and Salem First Selectman candidate Hugh McKenney on Monday, October 25, 2021.  (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Republican Ed Chmielewski and Democrat Hugh McKenney have spent years working together on the Board of Selectmen. They’re now opponents.

Selectmen's race in Old Lyme focused on communication and productivity

The losing candidate in the first selectman race between Timothy Griswold and Martha Shoemaker will compete against Matt Ward and Jim Lampos for the two remaining seats on the Board of Selectmen.


Opponents of critical race theory seek to flip school boards

People walk near one of many signs around town centered around the upcoming Nov. 2 election and equity initiatives in schools in Guilford, Conn., on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

In school board races around the country, activists are running against critical race theory

Norwich City Council candidate embroiled in financial disputes

Republican Norwich City Council candidate Michael Grillo faces criminal charges and civil lawsuits over business finances.

Salem fields more than 40 candidates for municipal office

From the Board of Selectmen to library trustees, this year’s local election is wide open in Salem.

Preston election ballot has three contested races

The Nov. 2 election has contested races for the Planning and Zoning Commission and to fill a two-year vacancy on the Board of Assessment Appeals.

New political party aims to build roots in Connecticut

The Serve America Movement, or SAM party, is making a push for recognition and eventually votes in Connecticut.

Aging facilities a key issue for Lyme-Old Lyme school board candidates

Eight of the nine candidates from Old Lyme are political newcomers. The one candidate from Lyme is unopposed and will be elected to the board.

16 candidates run for 9 spots on the Groton Town Council

Nine Democrats and seven Republicans are running for nine seats on the Groton Town Council.

8 candidates running for Groton Board of Education

Five seats are up for election on the Groton Board of Education.

Six running for Stonington school board

Three Democrats and three Republicans, none of them incumbents, will compete for four spots on the seven-member Board of Education in the Nov. 2 municipal election.

Six seeking four seats on Stonington Board of Finance

With the races for first selectman and Board of Selectman uncontested on Nov. 2, the focus has shifted to the three contested races for Board of Finance, treasurer and Board of Education.

Norwich mayoral candidates debate taxes, marijuana, zoning and fire issues

Norwich mayoral candidate Peter Nystrom, the Republican incumbent, poses for a portrait Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

The Day hosted a debate Wednesday with Norwich Republican Mayor Peter Nystrom and Democratic City Council President Pro Tempore Mark Bettencourt.

Montville town council candidates ready for local elections

With local elections Nov. 2, the names of candidates are plastered on campaign posters all over town and in the running are seven spots for town council.

Montville Board of Education candidates talk masks and transparency

Candidates in the running for Board of Education answer questions on mask and vaccine mandates, school programs and issues of transparency with the public.

Norwich school board candidates discuss issues at forum

Nine of the 11 candidates running for Norwich Board of Education participated in a debate Tuesday night at Norwich Free Academy.

Incumbents and newcomers seek election to Ledyard Town Council

Six Republicans and five Democrats are seeking seats on the Town Council in the Nov. 2 election

Ledyard school board race dominated by incumbents

Every Republican serving on the Board of Education is seeking reelection Nov. 2, while the Democratic slate includes two incumbents and four newcomers.

Preston school board race highlights on Nov. 2 ballot

All three incumbent selectmen are unopposed on the Nov. 2 election ballot.

Montville Republican Town Committee chairman files complaint against Democratic Town Committee

Thomas McNally charges the Democratic Town Committee wasn't properly paying for its headquarters.

Three compete for two seats on North Stonington Board of Selectmen

Bob Carlson is running unopposed for first selectmen, while K. Nicole Porter, Toula Balestracci and Brett Mastroianni are running for selectmen.

Familiar faces in other North Stonington elections

The race for treasurer is one of the few that is contested, while the candidates in the uncontested Board of Education race bring a variety of education experience.

Voter registration sessions to be held Oct. 26 throughout region

Municipalities in the region will hold a special registration session Tuesday, Oct. 26, for all eligible unregistered voters.

Quiet races for Lyme's top spots

Races for first selectmen and selectmen seats are uncontested.

Lyme's BOF contests stand out in otherwise quiet election

The only contested races on the November ballot are for Board of Finance.

Norwich mayoral campaign finance reports show incumbent Nystrom with cash lead

Incumbent Mayor Peter Nystrom leads Democratic challenger Mark Bettencourt in fundraising, starting with a $10,000 loan he put into the coffers.

Federal funding fuels political wrangling in East Lyme

Board of Finance Chairman Camille Alberti, also a candidate for first selectman, calls for a pause on pandemic relief spending while others say time is of the essence.

Marjorie Taylor Greene to visit Connecticut

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., waves as President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally Jan. 4, 2021, in support of Senate candidates Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., and David Perdue in Dalton, Ga. She will be appearing at a political event here in Connecticut this month.  (Brynn Anderson/AP Photo)

The sitting U.S. House member's speaking appearance caused some confusion when state Rep. Mike France was seen on the initial flyer for the event before being taken off.

Stonington superintendent of schools submits resignation letter

Van W. Riley, superintendent of Stonington Public Schools delivers a statement Feb. 2, 2017, during the Stonington School Board meeting at Stonington High School.  (Tim Cook/The Day, FILE)

Superintendent of Schools Van Riley submitted his letter of resignation Tuesday morning after leading the school system for the past nine years.

Gessner reelected chairman of Mohegan Tribal Council

Five council members elected in August began new terms Oct. 4.

Fired Georgia election workers accused of shredding voter applications

In this Nov. 25, 2020, file photo, Fulton County Georgia election chief Rick Barron talks to reporters as workers scan ballots during a presidential recount in Atlanta. Officials in Georgia's most populous county, where election operations are already under review by the state, have fired two workers accused of shredding paper voter registration applications, according to a county statement released Monday, Oct. 11, 2021. (AP Photo/Ben Gray, File)

Officials in Georgia’s most populous county have fired two workers accused of shredding paper voter registration applications

Campaign aims to raise awareness about Sikh faith, history

The Sikh Art Gallery in Norwich is sponsoring a campaign with Sikh community members to raise awareness about their history and heritage.

New England officials convene with academics to talk election cybersecurity

Deputy Secretary of the State Scott Bates offered Connecticut’s perspective during the event.

Stonington voters reject tax break for downtown Pawcatuck apartment building

Frances Sisk, right, receives her ballot to vote on the referendums from checker Jill Beaudoin, left, Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021, at the District 2 polling station at the Former Pawcatuck Middle School.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Residents flocked to the polls Tuesday to reject a proposed tax break for the developer of an 82-unit affordable housing project on the Campbell Grain site as well as reject a proposed ban on...

Absentee ballots available in Stonington for Nov. 2 election

Absentee ballots for the Tuesday, Nov. 2, municipal election are now available in the Town Clerk's office.

Waterford and Montville clerks echo the integrity of absentee ballots

The town clerks from Waterford and Montville describe the process for absentee ballots ahead of local elections, asurring the integrity of its count.

New London Greens open campaign office Wednesday

The New London Greens invite the public to join them for snacks, music and an opportunity to meet this year’s candidates on Wednesday.

Montville Republican registrar criticized for social media posts

One post by Jeff Rogers charged that “Democrats are pushing a civil war.”

Poll finds 23% of Americans not getting enough to eat

Barrios Unidos president Lupe Salazar pushes a dolly filled with canned food ahead of a food drive on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021, in Chimayó, N.M. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)

Many Americans struggling to feed their families over the past pandemic year say they've had difficulty figuring out how to get help and had trouble finding healthy foods they can afford


Not going to the polls? Vote absentee in local races

Lawmakers for a second year have eased limitations because of Covid-19 fears, to ensure every Connecticut voter is once again able to take advantage of absentee voting.