Former Senator Harper To Be Remembered at CCSU Thursday, June 14th

A public tribute to former State Senator Joseph H. Harper, Jr. will be held Thursday, June 14th from 6 to 8 p.m. at Central Connecticut State University’s Founders Hall.

Harper, a six-term 6th district state senator and Deputy State Treasurer, died May 20th at the age of 70.

Senator Harper, the Co-Chair of the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee during his senate terms, was instrumental in building state budgets, and bringing millions of dollars back to his hometown of New Britain. A former Alderman and mayoral aide in New Britain, Harper also served two terms in the State House of Representatives After retiring from the Senate, Harper continued public service and advocacy work  as a Deputy State Treasurer, as a Vice President at Central Connecticut State University and most recently as the Vice President of Government Relations at The Hospital for Special Care (HSC). In 2006, Gov. M. Jodi Rell and the Connecticut legislature named the state office building in Downtown New Britain after Senator Harper.

Donations in Harper’s memory may be made to the Harper Center for Autism at the Hospital for Special Care, 2150 Corbin Avenue, New Britain, CT 06053 or to the Prudence Crandall Center, 594 Burritt Street, New Britain, CT 06053.

The memorial service and reception is open to the public and attendees may park at the Welte Garage on the CCSU campus.

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Democrats  Set To Endorse for State Senate, Probate Judge, State Rep Seats 

New Britain Democrats will complete endorsements for the state election this week with conventions for the 6th State Senate district,  Judge of  Probate and at a Town Committee meeting for state representative districts within the city.

Senator Gerratana

On Monday, May 21st, at 6 pm, State Senator Terry Gerratana is seeking the endorsement for a new term at the convention involving delegates from Berlin, New Britain and part of Farmington. Senator Gerratana, elected in a 2011 special election, is Senate Co-Chair of the Public Health Committee. The convention is being held at the Five Churches Brewery, 193 Arch Street.

Judge of Probate Walter Clebowicz, on the bench for the district of Berlin that includes New Britain,  is seeking a new, four-year term to serve on the court at a multi-town convention on Wednesday, May 23rd to be held at the Pulaski Democratic Club, 89 Grove Street at 6:30 pm. He has been the Probate Judge since 1991.

The Democratic Town Committee will meet Thursday, May 24th, at 7 p.m. at New Britain City Hall, 27 West Main Street, Room 504. State Rep. Bobby Sanchez seeks re-election from the 25th district and State Rep. Peter Tercyak is running for a new term for the 26th. Town Committee members from the assembly districts will make the endorsements.

The Party Primary election date is August 14th and the General Election is November 6th this year as voters go to the polls for US Senator, Congress, Governor and all state offices.

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May DTC Meeting Rescheduled to 24th

The regular May meeting of of the New Britain Democratic Town Committee has been reschedule to be May 24. The meeting will start at 7:00PM and is located in Room 504 of New Britain City Hall.

NBDTC Regular Meeting 5-24-18

The DTC will nominate candidates for State Representative and discuss the results of the Congressional and State Conventions.

All New Britain Democrats are welcome.

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