Democratic View: Resolve now to participate in our local democracy

January is one of the toughest months of the year — and not just because the weather can be cold, gray and treacherous. What makes it tough are the resolutions. “Spend more time with family.” “Cut back on calories.” “Finish the bathroom renovation.” Fortunately, you can make resolutions anytime. Many people who helped with the recent election told me their … read more

Election 2018 recap: What comes next after the Democrats big wins?

A blue wave swept through Ridgefield for the second straight year last Tuesday night. Democrats won eight of the 10 contested races in the Ridgefield vote, losing only the General Assembly races for the 111th and 138th districts in Connecticut’s House of Representatives. Republican John Frey captured re-election from Democratic challenger Aimee Berger-Girvalo to represent the 111th District. Republican incumbent … read more

Town Hall rally calls for residents to ‘believe in the rule of law’

Gathering in front of town hall to public mourn lives lost to gun violence, about 50 Ridgefielders held a vigil for mass shooting victims in California — and Pittsburgh, and Parkland, and Newtown — then transformed their gathering into a political rally in favor of the rule of law and against any potential effort by President Donald Trump to shut … read more

Town hall rally planned for Mueller, California victims

Ridgefield Women’s March organizers Aimee Berger-Girvalo and Jessica Mancini are planning a rally in support of Special Counsel Robert Mueller at 5 p.m. today at town hall. The event will also be a vigil for the 12 victims of a mass shooting that took place in California Wednesday, Nov. 7.  Berger-Girvalo said residents should gather in front of town hall. … read more

Race for 111th: Frey wins re-election (UPDATE)

Updated 11 p.m. ET, Nov. 6 — State Representative John Frey (R-111) has won re-election over Democratic challenger Aimee Berger-Girvalo. The Ridgefield Democratic Town Committee conceded the race at 10:53 p.m. Tuesday night, with Berger-Girvalo giving Frey’s camp a congratulatory phone call. Early returns from the town’s four voting districts show Frey with a 5,732 to 5,214 vote lead. The Registrar of Voters … read more

Dems raise issue with Frey taking lobbyist money

Updated 4 p.m. ET, Nov. 5 —Reports that State Representative John Frey (R-111) used lobbyist money to pay for travel expenses to and from national Republican events has stirred up Ridgefield Democrats hours before the midterm elections. Citing an article in the Hartford Courant published in June 2017, Ridgefield Democratic Town Committee Chairman Alex Harris raised questions about Frey taking what he … read more

Berger-Girvalo receives endorsements from Sen. Blumenthal, Marconi

Aimee Berger-Girvalo, Democratic candidate for State Representative for the 111th District (Ridgefield), has been endorsed by Ridgefield First Selectman Rudy Marconi and Senator Richard Blumenthal. “We all are aware of the issues, the major issues, that are impacting each and every one of our municipalities,” said First Selectman Marconi. “I am supporting Aimee as a fresh face in Hartford. Someone … read more

Pittsburgh shooting: Community leaders call for ‘compassion’

Town leaders called for compassion and civility Monday, Oct. 29, during an interfaith vigil to remember those killed at a Pittsburgh synagogue over the weekend. First Selectman Rudy Marconi urged residents gathered in the sanctuary room of Congregation Shir Shalom to consider how the community can “begin teaching the younger generation about compassion rather than competition.” “We’ve seen more swastikas … read more

State representative race brings out team of student volunteers

The opportunity to work on a political campaign is a dream of aspiring public servants, lawyers, advocates and many others who are passionate to make a positive difference in the world. It leads to a deeper understanding of the processes of democracy. It provides hands on experience with organizing, use of data, voter outreach, and communications. Not to mention the … read more

Race for 111th District: Frey, Berger-Girvalo face off at debate (VIDEO)

Economic issues — the state income tax, corporations leaving Connecticut, a $15 minimum wage — joined questions about concerns, like gay rights and early voting, at the League of Women Voters’ debate on Oct. 2. A crowd approaching 200 filled the Ridgefield Library’s program room, with folks standing the back for the debate featuring six candidates from three local legislative … read more

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