One week from Tuesday is Election Day. Campaign organizations are putting the final touches on identifying voters and persuading them to the polls November 5th. It’s a general election, but the turnout is expected to be so small it has the strategic feel of a primary. Find your friends and drag them out. Will the Connecticut Working Families Party win coalition control of the Board of Education? Can Republicans find electoral relevance after being shut out of school board and City Council seats for years? The turnout is expected to be tiny, perhaps in the 10 percent range based on recent elections, but the City Council’s 130th District will likely run well ahead of the rest of the city where Black Rock and West End voters will choose among incumbent Democrats Sue Brannelly and Steve Stafstrom and Republican challengers Rick Torres and Phil Blagys.
Torres and Blagys figure to perform well at Black Rock School, Brannelly and Stafstrom should run ahead at the Aquaculture voting precinct. How close can each team stay on visitor turf? What are you hearing? Do you predict any upsets?
Full field of candidates
Board of Education:
Democrats Andre Baker, Howard Gardner, David Hennessey; Republicans Joe Larcheveque, Stephen Best and John Weldon; Working Families Party, Sauda Baraka, Andre Baker and Eric Stewart-Alicea.
Democrats Dennis Scinto, Willie Murphy and Mitch Robles; Republicans David Goodman, Michael Moretti and Michael Garrett.
130th District, Democrats Sue Brannelly and Steve Stafstrom; Republicans Rick Torres and Phil Blagys.
131st District, Democrats Jack Banta and Denese Taylor-Moye; Republicans David Goodman and Ethan Book; petitioning candidate Rafael Mojica.
132nd District, Democrats Bob Halstead and Trish Swain; Republicans Corey Gordon and Jeffrey Falberg.
133rd District, Democrats Tom McCarthy and Howard Austin; Republicans Jose Morales and Brian Banacowski.
134th District, Democrats Michelle Lyons and AmyMarie Vizzo-Paniccia; Republicans Yolanda Rodriguez and Ruben Coriano.
135th District, Democrats Mary McBride-Lee and Richard Salter; Republicans Kathy Torres and James Keyser; petitioning candidate Mary McBride-Lee.
136th District, Democrats Richard DeJesus and Alfred Castillo; Republicans Philip Flynn and Anthony Pizighelli.
137th District, Democrats Lydia Martinez and Milta Feliciano; Republicans Luis Colon and Ramona Marquez; petitioning candidate Karen Jackson.
138th District, Democrats Richard Paoletto and Mike Marella; Republicans Anthony D’Amato and Quentin Dreher.
139th District, Democrats James Holloway and Eneida Martinez-Walker; Republicans Cecil Young and Fred Williamson.