State economy, healthcare, opiates big topics at Democratic forum

How many issues facing Connecticut can you talk about in 90 minutes? Quite a few, it turns out. A forum on the future of the state’s legislative was hosted by the Democratic Town Committee earlier this month, and covered a range of topics from healthcare to pension costs. First Selectman Rudy Marconi and Aimee Berger-Girvalo, the Democratic nominee to represent … read more

State Independent Party backs Frey, but it’s not Ridgefield’s Independents

“Independent” is a political label that retains an attraction for voters and candidates.   Republican state Rep. John Frey recently showcased his re-election effort’s endorsement by the Independent Party of Connecticut, even as the Independent Party of Ridgefield — once a vocal force in town politics and budget battles — fades out of existence. “I’m proud to be endorsed by … read more

Democrats to host Pie and Politics Sunday afternoon

Ridgefield Democrats invite residents to attend the annual Pie and Politics event this Sunday, Sept. 16, from 2 to 4 p.m. As of Tuesday morning, the Ridgefield Democratic Town Committee has received RSVPs from: US Senator Richard Blumenthal; Lieutenant Governor candidate and former Secretary of the State, Susan Bysiewicz; Attorney General candidate, State Representative William Tong; and State Treasurer candidate … read more

Democrats to host Pie and Politics Sept. 16

Ridgefield Democrats will hold Pie and Politics 2018 at the home of Betsy and Bob Thompson in Ridgefield Sunday, Sept. 16, from 2 to 4. Pie and Politics features savory and sweet pies and nibbles, iced beverages, music, friendly spirited conversation and appearances by national, state and local Democratic officials and candidates. In recent years, US Senator Richard Blumenthal, US … read more

John Frey earns Independent Party endorsement

The Independent Party of Connecticut on Monday night endorsed Republican John Frey’s candidacy for state representative in the 111th District. With the endorsement during a party caucus in Danbury, the name of Frey, a Ridgefield resident, will appear on both the Republican and Independent ballot lines on Election Day. “I’m proud to be endorsed by both the Republican and Independent parties and I look … read more

How many voted in the primaries? Registrar’s report 25% turnout

One out of every four registered Ridgefield Republicans voted in yesterday’s Gubernatorial primary. Across the aisle, turnout was pretty much exactly the same with 1,423 out of 5,408 registered Ridgefield Democrats (26.3%) turning out at the polls to support Ned Lamont’s bid for state governor. Lamont won in a landslide in Ridgefield —1,312 votes to Joe Ganim’s 97, and he … read more

Charter ballot questions approved by selectmen

Substantial charter changes, administrative adjustments, clarifications of debated language — nine ballot questions that would enact a wide range of proposals put forward by the Charter Revision Commission were approved Monday, Aug. 13, by the Board of Selectmen. The selectmen’s final approval means the ballot questions will be put before town voters at the November election. Aside from the extensively … read more

Primary results: Lamont wins in landslide, Stefanowski takes GOP governor bid

The Democratic gubernatorial primary was a landslide called in less than an hour, and the Republican race saw a winner some would call a surprise pull away early and never look back. Roughly 30 minutes after polls closed at 8 p.m. Tuesday, the Associated Press had called the Democratic gubernatorial race for Lamont. Both winners linked their opponents to current … read more

Letter: Why vote in the primaries?

To the Editor: On Aug. 14, registered Republicans and Democrats will have the opportunity to vote in their primary election. Why are primary elections important? Primary elections provide yet another avenue through which voters can take part in the process of choosing their own leaders, selecting  the people in their party who most resemble their own belief system, letting politicians … read more

SEEC offers Election Day hotline

The Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission is asking people to contact them to report voting irregularities. The SEEC’s Election Day hotline, 866-SEEC-INFO (866-733-2463) and email address at [email protected] will be available throughout Election Day for anyone who witnesses voting irregularities. SEEC officials say the hotline will be staffed by the commission and the email address will be staffed by the … read more