Here we go, boys and girls.
State Rep. Chris Caruso.
Former Mayor John Fabrizi.
City Councilman Bob Curwen.
City Councilman Carlos Silva.
Maybe retired Superior Court Judge Carmen Lopez?
And could State Rep. Andres Ayala be another?
And perhaps a candidate named Ganim?
Yes, there’s an election on Tuesday for City Council and Board of Education seats, but the real action will be in the 2010 gubernatorial election and 2011 mayoral. Look for Curwen, budget co-chair who represents the Upper East Side, to form an exploratory committee shortly after Tuesday’s election. Bob works for that irrepressible developer Sal DiNardo. Could Uncle Sal open up his pocketbook for Bob real soon?
I spoke to Silva the other day and he says he’s joining the mayoral action as well. The East Side councilman says his focus will be on economic development, claiming the city’s missing too many opportunities.
Judging by last week’s OIB poll of mayoral candidates if I’m Mayor Bill Finch I say come on in kids, plenty of room for all. The mayor performs best in a crowded field.
Meanwhile, Democratic Town Chair Mario Testa will be smack in the middle of the mix for both the guber and municipal cycle in 2011. We’re just six months away from a Democratic convention to endorse constitutional offices. The leading Dem candidates for governor are Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz and the outgoing Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy. Mario has a big bloc of delegates he can bring to the endorsement table. What will he want in exchange? Well, with SuBy running for the top job, her seat is open. Why do I get the feeling Mario’s gonna try to leverage his delegate count for a say in who gets the leg up for SuBy’s seat? And whom might that be?
Ah, the art (or maybe it’s a craft) of the political deal. If I’m Mayor Finch I make a play for SuBy’s seat. Call State Democratic Chair Nancy DiNardo, (Sal’s sister) a friend of Bill’s. It’s a free run for the mayor. He doesn’t have to give up his mayoral seat, unless of course he gets the nod and wins one year from now.
Decisions, decisions. Stay tuned.
News release from SuBy
Bysiewicz: More than 2,000,000 Connecticut Residents Registered to Vote for Municipal Elections Next Tuesday
Secretary of the State Urges Voters to Make their Voices Heard November 3rd; Complete List of Mayoral and First Selectman Candidates, Ballots from all Towns Available for Viewing Online
Hartford: Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz today is announcing that more than 2.04 million Connecticut citizens are registered to vote in Municipal Elections to take place on Tuesday November 3, 2009. Bysiewicz is also urging Connecticut residents to make sure they get to the polls to cast ballots and be prepared when they head to their polling place. Polls will be open next Tuesday from 6:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. in 162 towns and cities holding Municipal Elections. The rest of Connecticut’s municipalities held their local elections on May 4, 2009.
“Towns throughout Connecticut are facing some crucial decisions on schools, local budgets, road repair and other issues, so it is imperative that voters make their voices heard next Tuesday,” said Secretary Bysiewicz. “Local elections are enormously important for determining the future direction of all of our communities. I urge all voters to be prepared to cast ballots by making sure they know where their polling place is, bring the proper identification and make a plan for when to vote.”
Secretary Bysiewicz is encouraging voters to visit the Secretary of the State’s web site www.sots.ct.gov to learn more about using the optical scan technology with paper ballots, the vote-by-phone system, acceptable forms of identification or to help locate their polling place. If you are a first-time voter who registered by mail on or after January 1, 2003, and you have to vote in person you must present to the checkers either a current and valid photo identification that shows your name and address; or present a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address. Connecticut voters are also reminded that any materials (including t-shirts, buttons or hats) deemed as campaign materials advocating a particular candidate or position are not permitted within 75 feet of the polling place.
Voters can now see a complete list of candidates for Mayor and First Selectman as well as ballots for all 162 municipalities in Connecticut holding elections next Tuesday by clicking on the following links:
List of Candidates for Mayor and First Selectman:
www.sots.ct.gov under “2009 Election Results and Turnout”
November 3, 2009 Municipal Election Town Ballots:
In total, 131 towns are electing Mayors and First Selectmen. The top municipal offices are uncontested in 22 municipalities, representing 16.8% of the total. There are 54 women out of 279 total candidates for Mayor and First Selectman, representing 19.3% of the total. There are a total of 2,042,697 registered voters in Connecticut eligible to vote in Tuesday’s Municipal Elections. Included in this total are 760,510 Democrats, 414,344 Republicans, and 856,462 unaffiliated voters.
Secretary of the State Bysiewicz will dispatch teams to monitor the municipal elections on Election Day. Voters can call the Secretary of the State’s Office toll free at 1-800-540-3764 for any questions or problems on Election Day. Voters can also call the State Elections Enforcement Commission at 860-256-2940 to report any election irregularities or file complaints against candidates or poll workers.TOTAL ACTIVE VOTERS PARTY AS OF 10/28/09 COUNT ------------------------ --------- A Better Future 5 A Sentinel Party 35 Canterbury First 3 Chatham Party 10 Concerned Citizens 234 Connecticut For Lieberman 107 Democratic 760,510 Enfield Taxpayers Party 2 Friends Of Saybrook 13 Green 1,824 Guilty 1 Independence 1,119 Independence For Montville 10 Independent 6,428 Libertarian 1,278 Norwich for Change 1 Pro-Bethel 5 Reform 94 Republican 414,344 Swing 1 The Hampton Party 5 Unaffiliated 856,462 Waterford Independent 1 We The People 50 Winsted Independent 45 Working Families 110 ======================== ========= TOTAL 2,042,697