DTC Announces Candidates for November Municipal Election

On Thursday, July 20, 2017, the Newtown Democratic Town Committee enthusiastically endorsed candidates for this November’s municipal election. The well-rounded candidate slate, consisting of many incumbents and a slew of newcomers, is as follows:

  • First Selectman:
    • Dan Rosenthal
  • Selectman:
    • Maureen Crick Owen
  • Legislative Council District 1:
    • Chris Eide
    • Judit DeStefano
    • Paul Lundquist
  • Legislative Council District 2:
    • Dan Honan
    • Clinton DePaolo
    • Jordana Bloom
  • Legislative Council District 3:
    • Kelley Johnson
    • Robert Pickard
    • Chris Smith
  • Town Clerk:
    • Valerie Hart
  • Board of Finance:
    • Keith Alexander
    • Roger Cyr
    • Jim Gaston
    • Steve Hinden
  • Board of Education:
    • Michelle Ku
    • Debbie Leidlein
  • Planning and Zoning:
    • Barb Manville
    • Don Mitchell
  • Planning and Zoning (alternate):
    • Margot Snellback
  • Zoning Board of Appeals:
    • Alan Clavette
    • Prerna Rao
  • Zoning Board of Appeals (alternate):
    • Joe Bojnowski
  • Police Commission:
    • Andy Sachs
  • Edmond Town Hall Board of Managers:
    • Jen Guman
    • Herb Rosenthal


Municipal Campaign Training Coming to Newtown!

Thursday 4/20 update!  Comptroller Kevin Lembo is coming too!  It’s a party!  Be there or be square!

Now with 100% more Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman!  Hooray!

The Lt. Governor will be here with us in the morning session, so make sure you register and get in there!  Spots are filling up!

Newtown Dems Run for Office Training Seminar

Always thought about running for office, but not sure where to start?  Well, start here!  We are hosting a training event on 4/22/17 at the Newtown Middle School.

This is a FREE event for all Democrats and interested folks looking to run on the Democrats row in their town election this fall.

Registration is live!

We are running four time blocks for classes.  Each block will have four of the programs running during that block.  The classes are as follows:

Using Social Media with Newtown’s own Kyle Lyddy!

VAN 101 with Jen Thomas

Field Organizing with Dhru Nag

Communications and Literature with Christian Murray

Understanding SEEC Rules – SEEC representative

Fundraising with Meghan Frangione

GOTV  with Lindsay Farrell

Panel Discussion with locally elected officials

Getting involved in High School for students – Katsuri Mia

Standing up for Healthcare!

Please join:
Senator Chris Murphy

Senator Richard Blumenthal 

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro

Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Congressman Joe Courtney



A Rally In Support of the Affordable Care Act

 Sunday January 15, 2017

1:00 pm


Connecticut State Capitol

Bushnell Park side

210 Capitol Avenue Hartford, CT


We are still here!

While we are excited that Rep Esty and Sen Blumenthal are going back to DC to work for us and be our voices, we were disappointed in the other results.  Especially Eva’s.  Her hard work and dedication to the citizens of Newtown are unparalleled.  Her focus on what works for Newtown and her ability to be our voice in Hartford is an opportunity missed.  Eva never gives up, never stops fighting for the working families and we are sure that her voice in Newtown will not be silenced.

So, we are still here and going to continue to work for Newtown families, children, teachers and workers.  Next year is the local election and with the voters ensuring that the Board of Education will have differing voices on it, voices that can’t be ignored, our work starts anew.

If you were as disappointed as we were, but not sure where to turn, come to one of our meetings, we are looking for new members and people willing to step up and work for a better, nicer Newtown.



Phil Dwyer endorsed for State Senate!

Congratulations Phil!  The CT Post has endorsed Phil Dwyer for State Senate district #28, which covers all of Newtown.

We met Phil earlier this year as he started exploring a run for the State Senate.  We were impressed with his resume of community service, his work ethic and his long resume supporting working families, social justice and education.  

Phil’s knowledge of the education system is going to be key as CT tries to figure out new ways to equally fund our school after the recent court decision ruled that our current system was not working for all.  Phil’s experience on the Fairfield Board of Education and as the Chair since 2012 gives him a working knowledge of school funding that will serve all of us well.  “To say he understands the intricacies – including financing – of public education would be a gross understatement”.

Phil’s career of service to the YMCA also gives him a sense of pragmatism and first hand knowledge of collaboration with diverse groups of people that is needed in Hartford.  Phil’s work as CEO of the CT Central Coast YMCA put him contact with people whose in need and in crisis.  “He understands the needs of his constituents, and the profound impact that decisions made at the state level have on the towns in his district”.

We are happy to see the CT Post realize what we did this spring when we met Phil.  That his hard work, dedication and common sense pragmatic approach to problem solving is what this state needs.  While the incumbent is probably focused on higher office, Phil will be focused on serving the 28th Senate district on a daily basis.

Congratulations Phil!