Town Committee Completes Endorsements: Verdu Gets Nod For Democratic Registrar
Juan Verdu, a former Board of Education President, has been unanimously endorsed for Democratic Registrar of Voters for the November 6th Presidential Election. Verdu’s endorsement came at the May 29th Democratic Town Committee meeting at City Hall when Democrats completed a slate for legislative offices and Justices of the Peace.
DTC members from the 25th and 26th State Assembly Districts also re-endorsed State Rep. Bobby Sanchez and State Rep. Peter Tercyak for re-election.
Previously, Verdu served on the board of education for eight years serving as its president, vice president and chair of the board’s finance committee. He is a past officer of the Spanish American Cultural Club and has been active on numerous voter registration drives and Democratic campaigns. Professionally, Verdu has worked at the Human Resources Agency HRA as an eviction and foreclosure mediator. Verdu also served on the statewide Blue Ribbon Commission To Study Affordable Housing. Multi-term Registrar Edward “Butch” Dzwonkowski is not seeking re-election to the office for a four-year term.
Verdu was nominated by State Rep. Bobby Sanchez and State Central Committeewoman Emma Pierce.
In conjunction with the Registrar endorsement, the DTC is forming a Voter Registration task force in the run up to the November election in coalition with other community organizations to boost turnout for the August 14th Primary and November 6th General Election.
Things Aren’t Going Better with Coke: Health Insurance At Issue In Teamsters Strike
A strike by 335 Teamsters members — Local 1035 — at the East Hartford Coca-Cola bottling plant, which began May 17th, continues with no talks scheduled to resolve a contract dispute that involve the bottler’s effort to add health insurance costs to workers who deliver Coke products to stores throughout the region.
Endorsed Congressional candidate Chris Donovan opened local campaign headquarters across the 5th district on Saturday, June 2nd, and was joined by DTC members and leaders at the New Britain HQ at 19 Bassett Street in a morning visit.The New Britain DTC endorsed Donovan in his Congressional bid in February and the Meriden Democrat received the unanimous support of city delegates at the May 14th Congressional convention, which he won with more than 65% of the convention.
DTC Chair John McNamara, reiterating the endorsement at the opening attended by 50 DTC members, volunteers and elected officials, said Donovan’s grassroots experience working in New Britain and other communities and his legislative record “demonstrate that he will be the strongest of voices for economic and educational opportunity that is now out of reach for too many Americans.”
For information and to volunteer for the New Britain Donovan campaign interested persons may call 860-505-8901.
“And as our society further stratifies, as the rich get richer and the poor become less and less necessary to our de-industrialized economy, we wage a war against our underclass under the guise of drug prohibition, turning America into the jailingest society on the face of the earth. And as to reform? As to the political leadership and responsive government? That hardly seems possible when our high court permits capital to purchase our electoral process at wholesale prices.”
Journalist and Writer/ Producer David Simon (“The Wire”) — from Commencement Address, Georgetown University, May 25th
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