Polls open for special election
Three candidates are running to fill the vacant state senate seat, which opened after McDonald left the General Assembly last month to serve in Gov. Dannel Malloy's cabinet as his General Counsel. District 27 represents parts of Stamford and Darien. The district's Stamford component includes Waterside, downtown, the South End, Glenbrook, Springdale, the East Side, Belltown, Turn of River, the Cove and Shippan, and parts of North Stamford, the Ridges and the West Side. District 27 also includes Noroton and Tokeneke in Darien.
Stamford has 41,857 ballots, one for every voter, on hand for Tuesday's election, Democratic Registrar of Voters Alice Fortunato said Monday. The Darien registrars have ordered 1,600 ballots, enough for a 40 percent voter turnout. The town's usual turnout for special elections is about 25 percent.
Stamford has already received 700 absentee ballots, which Fortunato said is a good number for a special election. Voter turnout should be relatively strong Tuesday so long as inclement weather doesn't prevent people from getting to the polls, she said.
"I'd really like to see a good turnout," Fortunato said. "The 27th senatorial is a very important seat. I think there's a lot of enthusiasm on both sides."
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Democratic candidate Carlo Leone, 48, is a longtime state representative who was elected to a fifth term representing District 148 in November. Leone said he would lead the charge to reduce state spending and borrowing and continue to advocate for transportation initiatives and improvements on the Metro-North New Haven Line if elected.
Republican candidate Bob Kolenberg, 48, is the vice president of Stamford's Board of Finance. Kolenberg is a former owner of the wholesale car remarketing business CorporateCars.com and recently founded a new online car business, ClubAutoNetwork.com.
He said he would stand against Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's plan to raise taxes to balance a $3.2 billion budget deficit if elected.
His agenda includes promoting more alternative transportation options and establishing a state public bank modeled on the Bank of North Dakota, which he said would generate much-needed revenue while preserving social services.
Stamford polls will be open from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday. Absentee ballots may be handed in until 8 p.m. Voters should report to the polling station they visit during state and federal elections -- the same place they voted at in November, Fortunato said.
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