One week left to the special elections for State Senate and State House. What kind of mail pieces you receiving? Phone calls? Door knocks?
The advance forecast looks sunny and cold, if it holds up. What’s the over/under for 10 percent turnout? The State House race in Connecticut’s 129th District features the higher turnout areas of the city such as Black Rock and the West Side. Democrat Steve Stafstrom and Republican Enrique Torres both have large chunks of public campaign money to spend in the final days. But petitioning candidates Hector Diaz, Bob Keeley and Bob Halstead could also be factors in the race. The candidates will participate in a Black Rock Community Council-sponsored debate on Thursday 7 p.m. at the Burroughs Community Center on Fairfield Avenue.
The contest for Connecticut’s 23rd State Senate District has been an imbroglio of a dubious endorsement convention, tax revelations, back child support owed, voter registration gaffe, double dealing, campaign support bailout and horse switching. Hey it’s city politics, right?
Mayor Bill Finch’s political operation was initially behind Ricky DeJesus, then segued to help Ken Moales. Finch asked Dejesus to get out of the race, some of DeJesu’ supporters told the mayor to butt out.
Irrespective of campaign missteps, with such a low turnout expected, you cannot discount Ed Gomes, DeJesus or Moales winning. It’s a difficult chore for Republican Quentin Dreher and petitioning candidate Charles Hare because they are money challenged. The other three will have enough dough to make their case.
How ugly will it get in the final days of the campaign? Look for charges, counter charges, direct hits, indirect hits, independent expenditures from political action committees and respective party operatives.
Still a work in progress in the race, absentee ballots. The returns to the Town Clerk’s office have not yet materialized as expected with just over 300 absentee ballots in, a product in part of the supervised balloting ordered by elections officials at several senior citizen buildings. But with a week left there could be a last-minute dump coming.