Special Election February 22: 24 Days And Counting
Join The Family, Friends and Neighbors Campaign For Row A Democrats Now!
Join the Democratic Family, Friends and Neighbors Campaign in one of the following ways:
1. Make phone calls to get out the vote
2. Make your vote count by absentee ballot if you will be out-of-town or unable to get to the polls
3. Put up a lawn (snow) sign for Terry Gerratana
4. Canvas, distribute literature in your neighborhood
5. Volunteer for Election Day (Poll Standing, Calling, Rides To Polls from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
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The winter special election for state senator and the 25th Assembly District is 24 days away.
Last week Democratic State Senate Nominee Terry Bielinski Gerratana went over the top to qualify for the Citizens Election campaign finance program. In a statement Gerratana’s campaign confirmed reaching the goal following a January 16th pasta dinner fundraiser at Generale Ameglio Society/Bianca Ballroom that drew over 300 persons. Said Gerratana: “What I love about Connecticut’s Citizen’s Elections Program is that it puts every day citizens in charge of our elections, not big money backers or well connected special interests. I think public service is about really listening the needs of the community, and taking action to get results for ordinary people.”
Gerratana helped implement the Citizen’s Election Program as Commissioner of the State Elections Enforcement. “It’s no surprise that Terry would qualify for public financing so easily,” said Berlin Mayor Adam Salina, who is serving as a chair of Gerratana’s campaign. “Terry has always been ready to roll up her sleeves and do the hard work to deliver for hard-working families in our community.”
The campaign is in full swing, “We’ve been knocking on doors, sunshine or snowstorm, to listen to the concerns of families in the district,” said Terry Gerratana. “I’m dedicated to campaigning full time, and as our State Senator, I’m committed to working to represent our communities full-time.”
In the 25th Assembly District, Democrat Robert “Bobby” Sanchez continues to reach out to voters for the state representative seat covering voting districts 5,6,7,8 and 9 in the city. Sanchez is still contacting residents to vote despite the failure of New Britain Republicans to field a candidate for the open seat vacated by John Geragosian who is now one of the state’s auditors of Public Accounts.
Currently serving on the Board of Education, Sanchez has been a teacher and manager of early childhood education programs throughout his career. He plans to focus on improving the quality of education as a lawmaker and will work with Governor Malloy and legislators on job creation and universal health care in the General Assembly. Sanchez believes it is important to listen to voters on these issues.
Other special election developments:
February 8 Mail-In Voter Registration Deadline: The Registrar of Voters advises that Tuesday, February 8th, is the mail-in voter registration deadline to vote in the February 22nd Special Election.
February 12 Senate Debate: The New Britain Area League of Women Voters, The New Britain Herald and Trinity on Main are co-sponsoring the debate, to be held from 1 pm. to 3 p.m., Feb. 12 at Trinity on Main, 69 Main St.
Super Sunday: OIC and Saint Ann Church Team Up For Big Party To Benefit Both
Whether you are a Packers or Steelers fan you will be able to support two great New Britain institutions on Super Sunday.
A Super Bowl Party to benefit Saint Ann Church and OIC of New Britain will be held Sunday, February 6th at 114 North Street, formerly Saint Ann School which now house the offices and programs of OIC. Admission is $20 per person.
The benefit party will feature a 26-foot screen with pre-party entertainment with door prizes beginning at 4 p.m. Game time is 6:30 p.m. A variety of wings, pizza and snacks, beer, wine, soda and punch will be available in addition to dessert coffee and tea at the end of the evening. Seating will be provided but guests are welcome to bring lawn chairs or blankets for the gym floor (no heels) where the event will be held. Guests must be 21 or older and have a ticket to enter. Parking is available. Contact the OIC for more information at 860-224-7151 E-mail: email@example.com.
FROM THE CHAIR: Stewart Full of Contradictions On Wanting Both Jobs
One of the distractions from relevant legislative issues and candidate qualifications in the current State Senate campaign have been contradictory statements by Republican Tim Stewart about whether he can keep his day job as mayor and become a moonlighting state senator at the same time.
In accepting the Republican nomination January 11th Stewart promised “24/7” representation of constituents as a legislator. He told GOP delegates: “Some may think I’m crazy because I’ll be taking a pay cut, not a pay raise to go from Mayor to State Senator.”
In statements to the press, however, Stewart has been contradictory about his plans depending on the outcome of the special election.
Hartford Courant 1/7/11: “Stewart, who is paid about $87,000 as mayor, would not rule out the possibility of keeping both jobs if he is elected to the roughly $30,000-a-year Senate post.”
New Britain Herald 1/13/11: “It’s not an issue until I win. I will make a decision after that. Doing two jobs representing your community is not double dipping, especially since one (state Senate) is a part-time job. The term of the legislative session is four or six months, depending on the year.”
CT News Junkie 1/16/11: Stewart said he never expressed any intention to hold both positions. In a phone interview Saturday, Stewart said the charter doesn’t prohibit it, an opinion the Democrats don’t share. Stewart said there are precedents for one person serving in both roles, including New Britain Mayor Stanley Pac in the 1970s.
Council President Michael Trueworthy, among others, have pointed out that the current City Charter is clear on whether a Mayor can hold another elective office. He cites the current City Charter, adopted in the early 1990s, that includes Article V, Section 5: “The Mayor shall devote the full-time necessary to the duties of the office and shall have no other occupation during the term of office and shall keep the office open during such hours of each business day as the Ordinances of the City shall direct.”
Inside City Hall there is speculation that Stewart already knows he can’t do both but stubbornly insists that both options are open to him. Ironically, Stewart has routinely derided political opponents as “career politicians”. When it comes to his own “career”, however, he suggests that the rules that apply to others may not apply to him.
“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have too much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little… I see one-third of a nation ill-housed, ill-clothed, ill-nourished.” — Roosevelt’s second inaugural address, 1937
January 30th is President Franklin Roosevelt’s Birthday, born 1882.