Special Election Day–Will It Be The Rev, Verna Or Someone Else?

Well here we go. It’s special election day to fill the legislative seat vacated by Chris Caruso. The Big Wave is supporting city police officer Verna Kearney. Democratic Town Chair Mario Testa and Mayor Bill Finch support Rev. Charlie Stallworth, a member of the city’s Police Commission, who’s galvanizing fellow ministers to urge their peeps to the polls. Always good to have God on your side, no? Others on the ballot, Republican James Keyser and the remaining petitioning candidates in addition to Kearney, all Dems, Mark Trojanowski, Carlos Silva, Robert Keeley, Tom Lombard. Polls open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Wilbur Cross, Hallen, Read, Hooker, Park City Magnet. If you hear of anything kooky contact OIB, and to report election issues check out this hotline info from Secretary of the State Denise Merrill:



HARTFORD: Secretary of the State Denise Merrill announced today that her office is launching an unprecedented coordination effort with the State Elections Enforcement Commission (SEEC) to respond to potential problems at the polls for the upcoming legislative Special Elections. Voters in 18 Connecticut cities and towns will be going to the polls on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 to cast ballots for State Representative or State Senator to fill vacancies in nine districts. The Secretary of the State’s office and the SEEC are once again opening the Election Day hotline 1-866-SEEC-INFO (1-866-733-2463) to report problems at the polls. In addition, the two agencies have launched a new email alert contact – elections@ct.gov – for voters to use if they encounter any difficulties casting ballots on Election Day. Both the hotline and the email alert will be checked throughout the day by staff from both agencies.

“With these important Special Elections around the corner, we wanted to make sure voters had multiple ways of getting in touch with our offices should there be trouble of any kind on Election Day,” said Secretary Merrill, Connecticut’s chief elections officer. “Now, voters can not only call us but contact us through email either from home or by a mobile device should any problems arise. Through our combined efforts and resources, my office and the State Elections Enforcement Commission should be able to respond to any situation as quickly as possible. So I urge any voter next Tuesday – if anything doesn’t seem right when you go to cast a ballot, call us or email us, we are here to help.”

Voters who do use the hotline or email to describe problems can either state their name or report issues anonymously; but are asked to state the town and polling place where they are observing the problems, and provide as many specifics or details as they can. This would greatly assist SEEC or Secretary of the State’s staff to address the issue and find a solution as expeditiously as possible. In addition to the email and telephone hotline, the Secretary of the State’s office and staff from the SEEC will hold three separate conference calls during the day on Tuesday to share information about potential problems or complaints at the polls, and coordinate the appropriate responses to those.



  1. Nice piece of literature by Mary-Jane Foster being given out at the polls! Thanks for voting today and Making a Difference!

    This lady is one sharp cookie!

  2. OK Lennie:

    I’m doubling up our bet to two cents. The weather is nice and clear. The penguins, or whatever, are back in the zoo and no longer sliding down Chopsey Hill. There is no reason our most principled and enthusiastic supporters of the democratic process (note: small “d”) can’t scare out a 25 percent voter turnout, my optimistic prediction, over a 10 percent turnout, your pathetic prediction.

    Maximum voter turnout times are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. It should be happening now.

  3. Don’t mess with Sen. Ed Gomes if you know what’s good for you.
    The Senator was working very hard at Wilbur Cross School all day handing out palm cards when the Rev. Boise Kimber from the First Calvary Baptist Church of NEW HAVEN shows up and tries to steal away Sen. Gomes’ target voter. And then all Hell breaks loose, it was like the Rumble in the Jungle all over again, with Sen. Ed Gomes kicking some Rev. Ass all over the place.
    “Don’t come from New Haven into MY Bridgeport!” said the Senator.
    “You’re in Bridgeport Now! This is my District!”
    “Maybe you can pull that crap in New Haven but not in MY BRIDGEPORT!”
    While the Rev. Boise Kimber wobbled away to safety, and the Senator standing his ground. It was like Muhammad Ali standing over Sonny Liston after the Big K.O. I can’t make this stuff up.

  4. Lennie. I was at Thomas Hooker where I found Councilmen Silva with his Mets cap, Mark Trojanowski, and Tom Lombard outside. Sorry the video didn’t come out. But the guys tell me the count as of 6:15 p.m.was around 300. There was a steady stream of voters coming during the short time I was there. I’m heading to the protest on Fairfield Avenue and I hope this video problem stops haunting me.


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