It’s GOTV Time!….Remembering Denny O’Neil….LWV Hosts Congressional, Legislative Debates…State Elks’ Honors For Connie Wilson Collins….Voter Registrations In October….

Countdown to Election for Row B Democrats: Time to help get out the vote (GOTV)

Voter outreach in city neighborhoods is underway from now through Election Day, November 6th, and getting involved is the best way to defeat the extreme right agenda of the GOP at the state and national level.
Today, Sunday 10/14  you can join GOTV teams at Farmington Town Hall or New Britain Headquarters 19 Bassett Street beginning at noon.
Get Out The Vote activities will continue Monday through Friday from 5 to 9 pm, Sundays, 4 to 7 pm and Saturdays, 10 to 1, 1 to 4 and 4 to 7 pm. If you can give an hour, an afternoon or an evening sign up for phoning and canvassing at the headquarters.
For more information contact Chris Murphy for Senate District Coordinator Nathan Glassman 860-550-3975. Democratic headquarters telephone is 860-505-8901. E-mail
Loss for Labor and Democrats: The Passing of Denny O’Neil; Remembrance Today 10/14
Denny O’Neil, 65, the retired political director for New Britain-based AFSCME Council 4 and a labor Democrat active in campaigns from the 1970s through this year, died on October 12th after a long illness.
There was no stronger labor ally to New Britain Democrats than Denny O’Neil from his time with former Congressman Toby Moffett right up through this election year. Like many of us Denny hailed from the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party.
A Hartford native, Denny was a 1969 graduate of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester.  CT Mirror Political Writer Mark Pazniokas, in reporting on O’Neil’s death, described him as “a passionate and profane booster of the political left, organized labor and the Boston Red Sox….O’Neil was a fixture in Connecticut politics for 40 years, working to elect Toby Moffet to Congress in the 1970s, working on the nuclear freeze movement in the 1980s and for the house of labor ever since.”

Denny’s friends and admirers are invited to a remembrance on Sunday, October 14, 2012, at The Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1284 Strongtown Road (exit 16 on Route 84), Southbury, CT at 6 p.m.

The wearing of Red Sox caps is encouraged. In lieu of flowers, Denny requested donations be made to Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 1933, Hartford, CT 06144.

New Britain Democrats extend condolences to Denny’s wife Sharon (Sam) McClure, the O’Neil family and his legion of friends and colleagues.
Congressional and State Legislator Debates Sponsored by League of Women Voters, Herald Coming  Up On October 20, October 25

The League of Women Voters of Greater New Britain is sponsoring a debate for the 5th Congressional District candidates Andrew Roraback and Elizabeth Esty on Saturday, Oct. 20. The event is being held at Trinity on Main, 69 Main St., New Britain, from 2-4 p.m. in the afternoon. The event is sponsored by LWV, Trinity on Main and The Herald.

The public is encouraged to submit questions for the candidates via email to Evelyn Hudyma, LWVNB Voter Services Chair at

The candidates seeking the 6th District state Senate seat as well as those seeking the 22nd, 24th, 25th, and 26th district state House seats will battle it out from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 25, also at Trinity-on-Main.
Connie Wilson Collins To Get State Honors From Lodge of Elks on October 21st
Connie Wilson Collins, a former alderwoman, DTC member and labor activist, will be honored by the Pride of Connecticut Lodge of Elks. on Sunday, October 21st. at the New Britain Lodge, 24 Elm Street.3 p.m.  The cost is $20 pp.
Voter Registration:   16,655 Democrats (10/11) On Rolls Before Oct. 23rd Deadline
Voter rolls are rising ahead of the November 6th Presidential Election with October deadlines approaching for registering new voters.
At the Democratic Town Committee October 11th Registrar of Voters official tally showed 31,959 voters enrolled in the city including 16,655 Democrats (52.2%) , 3,251 Republicans (10.1%), 11,631 Unaffiliateds (36.4%) and 422 (1.2%)from other parties.
Deputy Registrar Karen Strumskas reports that the brisk turnout of new registrants is continuing ahead of the deadlines.  October 23rd is the mail-in voter registration deadline and October 30th is the walk-in deadline. Persons turning 18 or individuals who move into town between October 30th and November 5th may walk in to register by Monday, November 5th.
In addition to Registrars’ efforts, Democratic Town Committee members,members of the Latino Coalition and the NAACP New Britain branch have been canvassing neighborhoods and circulating petitions at shopping locations and public places to increase new voters.   Their efforts have contributed to more than 770 newly registered voters between August 1 and October 3 with 50% of new voters choosing the Democratic Party and 7% choosing Republican.

Key dates leading up to Election Day:

  • Friday, October 5th: Printed Absentee Ballots became available
  • Saturday, October 20th: Registrar will hold voter registration session at City Hall 10 am to 2 pm
  • Saturday, October 20th: Congressional Debate at Trinity on Main 2 pm
  • Tuesday, October 23rd: Mail-in voter registration deadline
  • Tuesday, October 30th: Walk-in voter registration deadline
  • Thursday, October 25th LWV Legislator Candidate Debate at Trinity on Main  6 pm
  • Monday, November 5th: Day before the Election special walk-in registration for new residents and persons turning 18 only  9 am  to 5 pm at the Registrar of Voters 5th floor, 27 West Main Street.
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“The name of the game is to talk to people. If you don’t talk to people, you can’t get started…You knock on twenty doors or so, and twenty guys tell you to go to hell, or that they haven’t got time. But maybe at the fortieth or sixtieth house you find the one guy who is all you need. You’re not going to organize everything; you’re just going to get it started.”

United Farm Workers’ Cesar Chavez (1927-1993) on Commitment


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1 Response to It’s GOTV Time!….Remembering Denny O’Neil….LWV Hosts Congressional, Legislative Debates…State Elks’ Honors For Connie Wilson Collins….Voter Registrations In October….

  1. Daniel Salerno says:

    As a long time Progressive Democrat, I have long taken issue with some of the blind directions and paths this local Party has taken about the policies, projects and the avoidance of the Truth. But thank you as someone who has known Denny O’Neil as colleague, dear friend and consultant partner for over 30 years. You did him great justice and homage to his tireless efforts as a standard bearer for working people and liberal causes. He deserved every word and more. As so many, I will miss my dearest friend and political warrior.

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