Cities and towns throughout Connecticut are gearing up for municipal elections, at which candidates which range from mayor to faculty board will appear on Tuesday’s ballot.
There are approximately 2.1 million total active registered voters at the nation. Of those, you can find 861,766 unaffiliated voters, 771,412 Democrats and 453,625 Republicans.
Voter turnout is usually low for municipal elections, roughly 30 percent. But, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill says this year may differ given the strong interest in certain races.
Merrill says that her staff recently met with the State Elections Enforcement Commission and Federal Bureau of Investigation in advance of Tuesday’s election. She says Republicans and local election officials could report any Election Day issues by calling a hotline at 866-733-2463.
— Governor Dan Malloy (@GovMalloyOffice) November 6, 2017
Turnout can be stable in several Connecticut towns where you can find near races
On Tuesday, Republicans in West Haven will pick between three candidates such as the current mayor who is running as a write in later losing the primary in September. West Haven Mayor Ed O’Brien is going contrary to Dave Riccio, who is the Republican candidate, also Nancy Rossi, who also won the Democratic primary by 136 votes.
In Bristol, incumbent mayor Ken Cockayne, who is a Republican, came under fire for posting inappropriate photos of a comparative . The posting began as a family feud, but ended up on social media and became a problem in his re-election.
“We are in good shape now, but going forward we understand the state will be a continued mess and that’s why we need experienced direction,” Cockayne mentioned.
His challenger is Democrat Ellen Zoppo-Sassu and said she plans to”protect taxpayers”
“We will need to grow our tax base, making new businesses and homeowners and protecting land values are the priorities,” Zoppo-Sassu said.
In Stamford, it is a three way race between Democratic incumbent David Martin, who is being challenged by Republican Barry Michelson and the independent candidate John Zito.
In Derby, it’s been a battle for incumbent Mayor Anita Dugatto, who is a Democrat who did not get the approval of her town committee but she didn’t win the primary. Dugatto is being challenged by Republican Richard Zeke Dziekan, who is a former police officer.
At New Britain, incumbent Mayor Erin Stewart is seeking her third semester and also her reelection bid in 2014 led to some stunning republican victory throughout the ballot.
Her Democratic challenger Merrill Gay is assaulting Stewart in a campaign advertisement over the town’s debt service and inducing Moody’s investors to downgrade the town’s bond rating.
“The problem is she’s established solving everything on borrowed money and it is short term borrowing and didn’t cover debt for the last two years,” Gay said.
Stewart said if she took office, New Britain was on the verge of insolvency.
“We had a 30-million-dollar shortage, currently a 15 million surplus,” Stewart said. “We aren’t perfect but we’re on a road to a sustainable future”
Joseph Santopietro has lived much of his life in Waterbury, however he also has a troubled past.
“It is always important,” Santopietro said. “It is a part of my life and I am happy of it”
While he was the town’s mayor, Santopietro was arrested at the end of the third semester and also convicted on 18 counts for things like stealing money while at work.
After spending six years locked up and published Santopietro was in trouble again and now in a garbage hauling scheme.
“They will vote and I am listening that’s what I am asking for,” Santopietro said.
Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. To view all the town ballots, click .
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