Lopes, Sanchez Launch Campaigns For House Seats Via Citizens’ Election Program
First term Representatives Rick Lopes (24) and Bobby Sanchez (25) have launched their re-election campaigns seeking their first full terms in the State House after two special elections sent them to the Capitol to fill seats formerly occupied by State Auditor John Geragosian and Mayor Tim O’Brien.
Lopes, a businessman, former state Senate aide and Common Council member, was elected in a January 12th special election that was set when Mayor O’Brien went to City Hall last November. He represents a district with new boundaries that now includes District 10 (First Church) instead of District 4 (Gaffney). City officials have just completed new ward and district lines that will be finalized in June when alterations to polling places will also be known but legislative boundaries were set last winter. Lopes’ district remains a multi-town one and includes a portion of Newington. Rep. Lopes will be seeking the party endorsement at a May 21st convention. After being sworn in Lopes joined the Banks, Finance, Bonding & Revenue, Judiciary and Transportation committees.
Lopes is participating in the Citizens’ Election Program and seeks individual contributions from $5 to $100 for his committee: Lopes for State Representative, Dena Fleno, Treasurer.
Sanchez, the party vice chairman and former Board of Education member, was elected in February 2011 to a seat that represents the center of the city with boundaries within city lines. Sanchez will seek the party endorsement at a town committee meeting this month following the conventions.
Sanchez, a social services and early childhood education professional, is serving on the Education, Finance, Revenue & bonding and Insurance & Real Estate committees. Rep. Sanchez is also participating in the Citizens’ Election Program through his committee: Sanchez 2012, Claudette Talmadge, Treasurer.
Education: Orientation Week For Kelt Cooper
Incoming Supt of Schools Kelt Cooper will visit New Britain this week finalizing arrangements for a July 1 start and meeting residents at a series of meetings. The Board of Education meets Monday (May 7) at school headquarters, 272 Main Street.
On Tuesday May 8 from 6 to 7 pm the New Britain Branch NAACP, New Britain Black Democratic Club and Spottswood AME Zion Church and others will welcome Cooper to Opportunities industrialization Center of New Britain, Inc. (OIC) Former St. Ann’s School 114 North Street. On Thursday at the Board of Education meeting room a public “Coffee with Kelt” will be held from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Later on May 11 a forum has been scheduled with members of the Latino community.
City Budget Hearing Is Set For May 17th
The Common Council will hold the annual hearing on the municipal budget on May 17th amid concerns over layoffs to the city’s work force, school funding and the O’Brien administration’s efforts to end one-time fixes utilized by prior administrations to hold the line on the mill rate.
The budget hearing is scheduled for Louis P. Slade Middle School, 183 Steele Street, Thursday, May 17th at 7 p.m. For information on the budget and city finances go to
The city finance page includes proposed budget information.
Voting Rights 2012: Connecticut Finally Gets Same-Day Voter Registration
While the GOP-led vote suppression measures have made headway in some states this year the State Senate struck a blow for voter rights and access on Saturday with a 19 to 16 vote in favor same day voter registration in Connecticut.
The arguments by opponents and complaints from far too many Registrars of Voters that election day registration would lead to fraud finally fell by the wayside. The contention that more voter fraud will result from E-day registration has been overwhelmingly found false in surveys from the states that have adopted the same-day law. Congratulations to New Britain’s legislative delegation for their support of the bill.
“By opposing an increase to Connecticut’s minimum wage, lawmakers are only supporting big corporations who do not see how their decisions affect working class people in our communities. And any employer that doesn’t want to pay above $8.25 an hour in Connecticut does not understand the dignity of work and earning your own keep as a working class member of this society.”
-State Rep. Rick Lopes, a small business owner, in a letter supporting state minimum wage hike .
May Democratic Convention Schedule
- State Convention (U.S. Senate) at CCSU – May 12
- 5th Congressional District – May 14
- 6th State Senate District – May 21
- 22nd State Representative District – May 22
- 24th State Representative District – May 22
- Registrar of Voters, Justices of the Peace, 25th, 26th State Representative Town Committee meeting will be held between May 22-29
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