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

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!

Raghib Endorsed for the 2nd District

Congratulations to Raghib Allie-Brennan on earning the Danbury News-Times endorsement for the 2nd CT General Assembly District.  Raghib’s background in behind the scenes work as a Legislative Aide to two different Congresswomen in Washington DC has prepared him for getting work done.  “Working in the minority party, he learned how to work in a bipartisan fashion.”  

One critical aspect in this election for the CT General is the ability to fight for change from within and Raghib has the skills to stand up and take action that will help Newtown, the 2nd district and the state of Connecticut.  The News-Times noted that “He does not intend to toe the party line.”  We need people to stand up for what is right for Newtown and right for the state.  We believe Raghib will do just that.

Raghib also stands tall for common sense gun safety legislation.  While his opponent called the CT laws that are keeping families safer “draconian”, Raghib stands with us, not the NRA, not the NSSF.  If you are in the 2nd District, we urge you to vote for Raghib.  

For the full News-Times endorsement:

Eva has been endorsed by the Danbury News-Times

Today the Danbury News-Times acknowledged what we already knew.  Eva is the best bet for Newtown to support our families, businesses, children and schools.  “Eva…understands the unique needs of of the Newtown community”.  We knew that working with Eva for the past couple of years as she increased her advocacy and volunteer work in and around town.

One thing that the News-Times endorsement points out that Eva knows first hand that the current educational system of funding is unfair, unjust and Eva will “be a forceful voice as the state responds to the recent Superior Court decision that found Connecticut’s education funding ‘irrational'”.

Eva has long been testifying in Hartford and fighting for our families when important legislation is being debated.  She understands how the state budget is developed and “Unlike many first-time candidates, she can talk about tax policy reform in detail.”  We are very proud of Eva and thankful for her work and advocacy for Newtown and for all of Connecticut.  

Giffords, Blumenthal and Esty in Newtown 10/15/16


 Who:   Former Congresswoman, Gabby Giffords

U.S. Senator, Richard Blumenthal

Congresswoman, Elizabeth Esty

What: Press conference to ignite the Vocal Majority of Americans who support responsible    change to step up, speak out, and make the 2016 election a referendum on gun violence prevention.

When: 12:15 PM

Where:           Outside Edmond Town Hall

45 Main Street

Newtown, CT

The Newtown Foundation Breakfast

Breakfast Fundraiser to Support the 4th Annual National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence:

Saturday, Sept 24, 2016 9:00 -11:00 am (full flyer here)

$60/Seat or $600/Table. Donations welcome if you cannot attend.

Join Grammy Nominated and Award Winning Producer Mark Carman with Honored Guests Senators Blumenthal and Murphy.

Mark is a former police officer, an under cover operative, a Naval Intelligence operative, a recipient of the President’s Volunteers in Service to America Lifetime Achievement Award, Ambassador of Good Will (State of Tennessee), Grammy Nominations, Song-writing Awards, and Number One Recordings.



Its Campaign Time

We know most people are watching the Presidential Election and the ups and downs of the different campaigns.  While back here in CT we have our Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty running to keep her seat in the US House of Representatives and Senator Dick Blumenthal fighting to keep fighting for all of CT in the US Senate.

Locally there are several races that could have more direct impact on our day to day lives, yet do not get the attention they deserve.

Newtown has representation in Hartford as well as in Washington DC.  We have several seats open and people stepping up to represent us and our interests in Hartford and here at home.

The 106th CT General Assembly district covers most of Newtown, while many districts in the state cover parts of several towns, the 106th encompasses only Newtown.  If you haven’t met Eva Bermudez Zimmerman yet as she meets voters and residents, you will likely see her soon!  She brings a wealth of organizing experience, she has testified countless times in front of the general assembly on pending legislation and its time we had someone in Hartford to work for all of Newtown.

The 28th State Senate district covers Easton, Fairfield, Newtown, Wilton and Westport.  Phil Dwyer’s years of dedication to public service at the YMCA and as Chair of the Fairfield Board of Education highlight his fiscal commonsense and forward thinking as he has serviced families and communities in need for over 20 years.

Elections are not an easy thing to run and oversee, yet LeReine Frampton has done just that in Newtown for quite some time.  She ensures that the processes run smoothly and each voter gets to have their say at the ballot.  When there are challenges, she meets them head on and works with the Secretary of State’s office to ensure that Newtowns elections run as they should.

Probate Judges are there for families when there are challenges that require sensitivity, understanding and foresight.  Sharon Wicks Dornfeld has been an attorney working in the probate system for years.  She has first hand knowledge of the court system and the complex issues that are facing families seeking help from the courts.

A small slice of Newtown will have the chance to vote for Raghib Allie-Brennen in the 2nd CT Assembly District.  Raghib has been active as a legislative aide at the federal level which has given him the background to know how to advocate for his constituents.