New Britain Democrats Thank Treasurer Nappier For Her Public Service And Trailblazing Political Career

Through five state elections since 1998 State Treasurer Denise Nappier,  the first African-American woman elected to a statewide office in Connecticut. was a frequent visitor to New Britain in her own campaigns and in support of local Democratic candidates in their races.

Denise Nappier With New Britain Democrats |Photos Courtesy of Frank Gerratana

Treasurer Nappier announced this week she will not seek re-election in 2018.  Though she will not be on the ballot this year,  Nappier’s trailblazing political career for women and African-Americans  can be an inspiration to others in the state and nation.

A former City of Hartford Treasurer, Nappier ran an upstart campaign in a tight contest at the 1998 Democratic convention and went on to become the first African-American woman to serve as a state Treasurer in the United States.

Her campaign at the time  was boosted by former State Senator Joseph H. Harper, Jr. and the city’s Black Democratic Club giving her crucial delegates and support against a better financed, establishment candidate.  She defeated  a Republican incumbent who was subsequently convicted for corruption in the handling of state pension funds, trust funds and investments.

Denise Nappier with DTC Member And Former State Party Treasurer Emma Pierce (Gerratana photo)


Restoring and maintaining integrity in the Treasurer’s office is at the top Denise Nappier’s  considerable accomplishments in public service.

Her role in advancing socially responsible investments of the state’s assets made her an influential leader in the nation.  She has consistently worked  for corporate reform on issues such as executive compensation, separating the roles of CEO and Board Chair, independence and diversity of board members, disclosure of financial risks of climate change, and urging companies to refrain from engaging in international business practices that condone human rights violations.



Former Ald. and Black Democratic Club President Shirley Black, Gerri Brown-Springer and Nappier at New Britain Democratic Town Committee event.(Gerratana photo)

Treasurer Nappier Campaigns In New Britain with former Town Chair John McNamara (Gerratana photo)

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New Britain Democrats Wish You A Happy New Year. Think Globally And Act Locally In 2018.

2018 Political Calendar At A Glance

Democratic Town Committee

January 18:  Democratic Town Committee meeting

January 17-31: Petition period for Democratic Town Committee by voting district

January 31 4 p.m. deadline for Town Committee petitions to be filed

March 6: Town Committees Primary date

March 7: Town Committees begin term

March 13:  Deadline for DTC to elect officers (Organizational meeting)


Prior to March 9: State Party Chairman appoints Pre-Convention Rules and Pre-Convention Platform Committees

March 27– April 3: Town Committees select delegates for all conventions

April 4: Delegate certification forms due to Town Clerk

April 13 – April 23: Democratic State Central Committee elections and Permanent Convention Committee elections

State Convention: May 18 – May 19

U.S House of Representatives Conventions: May 14

Multi-Town State House Conventions: May 16 (22nd and 24th State Assembly)

State Senate Conventions: May 21 (6th Senatorial District)

Judge of Probate (multi-town): May 28

Local (Single-Town) Election Endorsements: May 22 – May 29 (includes 25th and 26th State Assembly Districts in New Britain)

August 14: Primary Election Day

November 6: General Election Day  for Governor/Lt Governor, state Treasurer, Comptroller, Attorney General, Secretary of the State, U.S. Senator, U.S. Congress, State Senator, State Representative and Judge of Probate.

For more information: 860-505-8901   Email




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Merry Christmas from New Britain Democrats



For all celebrating Christmas New Britain Democrats extend good tidings and our wishes for peace, an end to violence and social justice throughout the world.


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New Britain Democrats

Think Globally. Act Locally.





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New Britain’s Bond Rating Drops From Stable To Negative: Huge Spike In Debt Through 2021 Cited By Moody’s — NB Politicus

Republican incumbent Mayor Erin Stewart, in her re-election campaign this year and throughout her second term, has touted improving municipal bond ratings for New Britain’s fiscal solvency, claiming credit for budget surpluses of $15 million and pushing spending up at City Hall with no need for an election year tax increase. Fiscal […]

via New Britain’s Bond Rating Drops From Stable To Negative: Huge Spike In Debt Through 2021 Cited By Moody’s — NB Politicus

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The Democratic Slate: Veronica DeLandro, Molly McGuire Seek Ward One Council Seats

Veronica T. DeLandro and Molly McGuire, the Democratic candidates for Ward 1 Common Council in the November 7th city election, are stressing their concerns about the quality of education and protecting the city’s watershed as they campaign in the district that includes three polling places — Slade, Vance and the VFW Hall (replacing New Britain High School this year).

Veronica T. DeLandr

The Ward 1 candidates are part of Mayoral Nominee Merrill Gay’s slate and are among six Democratic women running for seats on the 15-member Common Council.
DeLandro brings extensive community service and nonprofit management experience to her run for council as a past President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Hartford Chapter, an NAACP member and as a youth and family services commissioner under the administration of Mayor Timothy Stewart. Professionally, she has served as executive director of two nonprofits, the College Summit, Inc. and the Aurora Women and Girls Foundation Inc. DeLandro holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Connecticut and earned her B.A. from Hampton University.

“As a Ward 1 resident there are several issues that concern me; increase in taxes, local government spending, expansion of Tilcon and New Britain’s water supply.” Said DeLandro. “I am opposed to the expansion Tilcon mining running into the city’s watershed and feel we must everything we can to protect and defend New Britain’s water resources. I’m running for office to improve the lines of communication between residents and the city. I feel it’s important that all residents in Ward 1 are informed, engaged, and aware of the issues that directly impact them.”

Molly McGuire


McGuire, a 2016 graduate of Central Connecticut State University, works at CCSU’s art department and is part of the team that curates art shows and exhibits on the campus. She is an associate in the Visitor Experience department at the New Britain Museum of American Art.

Seeking elective office for the first time, McGuire says “the issues important to my candidacy are protecting the environment in whatever ways we can, making sure we have quality education in the public schools, and developing New Britain in a responsible way that respects the cultures and people who live in the city.”


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Eva Magnuszewski Seeks Return To Common Council


Eva Magnuszewski is running for Alderwoman at large seeking a return to the city’s Common Council.

Magnuszewski is running for the city council on a platform of creating growth in economic development, improving education, and defending New Britain’s water supply.

She had previously served as an Alderwoman for eight years and has been active in campaign for 12 years.

An Account Executive at a Bristol based manufacturing company where she recently celebrated a 12th work anniversary, Eva also is active at the State Capitol on behalf of animal rights legislation.

Eva is a first generation Polish immigrant who reads and speaks fluently in Polish after attending Polish schools as a child. She got involved with the New Britain Democrats during the Jason Jakubowski campaign in 2005, door knocking, fundraising, and anything else that needed to get done.

One issue that Eva is very committed to is protecting New Britain’s water sources. She has said that while “There are alternatives to heat and electricity, there is no alternative to water.”


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DTC Chair Files Complaint On Mayor’s Use Of Car Tax Bills To Promote Candidacy

State Law Bars Incumbents From Using Public Funds Within 3 Months of Election

The State Elections Enforcement Commission received a complaint on Wednesday (September 13) alleging use of public funds by Mayor Erin Stewart to promote her candidacy for re-election.

Democratic Town Chairman Bill Shortell, citing a state law barring incumbents from using city funds to promote candidacies close to  an election, filed the complaint in response to a brochure included in motor vehicle tax bills mailed at the beginning of September by City Tax Collector Cheryl Blogoslawski.

The brochure, giving tax and revenue information on the 2017-2018 municipal budget, also included statements promoting Stewart’s candidacy under her campaign slogan “Leading the Way” with information from Stewart’s campaign literature. Blogoslawski is also cited in the complaint for sending the brochure with the tax bills.

Shortell bases the complaint on state law (9-610) that bars an incumbent from using city resources “to mail or print flyers or other promotional materials” intended to advance a candidacy within “three months of an election”  and “prohibits any individual from authorizing the use of public funds during the 12 months preceding an election for any promotional campaign or advertisement that features the name, face or voice of a candidate.

Mayor Stewart’s “Leading The Way” campaign brochure was mailed with motor vehicle tax notices.

“No one questions the mayor’s responsibility to communicate with residents on matters of importance to the community throughout the term,” said Shortell. “But including an obvious campaign promotion in car tax bills within the 90-day prohibition pushes the incumbent advantage too far and is a violation. It crosses the line and creates an unfair advantage. The law expressly prohibits incumbents from doing what the Mayor and Tax Collector did.”

“We have also filed or are in the process of filing complaints about the mayor’s illegal use of City Hall and its resources, including video equipment for her sagging re-election campaign. In addition, we are filing a complaint about a large campaign billboard that has remained on Main Street for three years, with no campaign expenditure cited, an illegal campaign contribution amount to thousands of dollars,” Shortell added.


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