Election Day is Tuesday: What Darien needs to know
Tuesday’s statewide election is being framed by parties as a referendum on the policies of outgoing Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, current President Donald J. Trump, or those looking to distance themselves from both established parties.
Darien polling locations are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. They are at Town Hall, 2 Renshaw Road, the Board of Ed building at 35 Leroy Ave., Noroton Heights Fire Department at 209 Noroton Ave., and Hindley School at 10 Nearwater Lane. To look up your street alphabetically to find your voting location, check here. Darien students do not have school on Tuesday, Nov. 6 — it is a staff development day.
Republicans have compared Democratic nominee Ned Lamont to Malloy, saying a vote for him would continue economic policies that have driven businesses and taxpayers from the state, and created economic struggles.
Democrats link Republican nominee Bob Stefanowski to Trump, frequently playing a clip in advertisements in which Stefanowski says Trump is “smart.” The Democrats paint a vote for Stefanowski as support for Trump’s policies and actions in Washington.
Lamont is cross-endorsed by the Working Families Party, Stefanowski by the Independent Party.
Candidate Oz Griebel, running under the Griebel Frank for CT banner, paints himself as the alternative to politics as usual. So do other third-party candidates, Libertarian Rod Hanscomb and Mark Stewart Greenstein of the Amigo Constitution Liberty Party.
Governor and lieutenant governor are one line on the ballot. Lamont’s running mate is Susan Bysiewicz, Stefanowski is joined by Joe Markley, Griebel by Monte E. Frank, Hanscomb by Jeffrey Thibeault and Greenstein by John Demitrus.
All of the state constitutional offices are on Tuesday’s ballot.
Democrat Denise Merrill, cross-endorsed by the Working Families Party, is seeking re-election as secretary of the state, challenged by Republican Susan Chapman, cross-endorsed by the Independent Party, as well as Heather Lynn Sylvestre Gwynn and Green Party candidate S. Michael DeRosa.
Democrat Denise L. Nappier is not running for a new term as state treasurer. The race to replace her includes Democrat Shawn Wooden, cross-endorsed by the Working Families Party; Republican Thad Gray, cross-endorsed by the Independent Party; and Libertarian Jesse Brohinsky.
Incumbent State Comptroller Kevin Lembo is seeking a new term, endorsed by both the Democratic and Working Families parties. Challenging Lembo are Kurt Miller, endorsed by the Republican and Independent parties, Libertarian Paul Passarelli and Edward G. Heflin of the Green Party.
Democrat George Jepsen opted not to run for a new term as attorney general. The race for that job includes William Tong, endorsed by the Democrat and Working Families parties; Sue Hatfield, endorsed by the Republican and Independent parties; and Libertarian Peter D. Goselin.
For Darien, incumbent Democrat and Senate Majority Leader Sen. Bob Duff seeks to fight off challenger Republican Marc D’Amelio to represent the 25th district. Matt Blumenthal, a Stamford Democrat, is seeking to fill the state representative vacancy in the 147th district left by Tong — Republican Anzelmo Graziosi, also a Stamford resident, is running against him. Incumbent Democratic Sen. Carlo Leone is facing a challenge from Stamford Republican Gerald Bosak for the 27th district.
State Rep. Terrie Wood is running unopposed to continue to represent the 141th district which includes part of Darien and Rowayton.
Town-specific races are quiet. Only two district races in the Representative Town Meeting have challenged races — Districts 2 and 5 have more candidates than seats.
Two seats in Washington are up for grabs.
Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy is seeking his second six-year term, cross-endorsed by the Working Families Party. He is challenged by Republican Matthew Corey, Libertarian Richard Lion and Green Party candidate Jeff Russell.
Incumbent Fourth District Rep. Jim Himes is being challenged by Republican newcomer Harry Arora. Himes, a Democrat, is seeking his sixth term in Congress.
Voters face two state questions on Nov. 6 ballot
In addition to candidates for state and federal offices, there will be two questions proposing amendments to the Constitution of the State of Connecticut on Tuesday’s ballot — asking yes or no on whether to place restrictions on the use of state transportation funds and on state property sales.
The first question asks voters if the state’s constitution should be amended to require that all monies in the Special Transportation Fund (STF) be used for only transportation purposes, including debts incurred by state highway, bridge projects and the like. Any funding sources directed to the transportation fund would be required to continue to be directed there, as long as the law authorizes the state to collect or receive them.
Such restrictions have been referred to as the “transportation lockbox” by some state officials, legislators and candidates.
By law, the transportation fund is a dedicated fund primarily used to finance state highway and public transportation projects as well as operate the Department of Motor Vehicles and Department of Transportation. The law directs a number of revenue sources to the fund, such as state fuel taxes, most transportation-related fees and motor vehicle-related fines, and a portion of state sales and use taxes, according to the nonpartisan Office of Legislative Research. STF resources are pledged to secure bonds for transportation projects and must be used first to pay debt service on these bonds, according to the research office.
The second question asks whether the constitution should be amended to limit the General Assembly’s ability to pass legislation on a state agency proposal to sell or transfer any state real property (land or buildings) or property interest without meeting certain restrictions. The amendment would require a legislative committee to first hold a public hearing to allow for public comment on such sales and transfers. It would also require that legislation address only the property under consideration. In addition, if such property is under the custody or control of the Department of Agriculture or the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, such enactment of legislation must be passed by a two-thirds vote of the total membership of the state House and state Senate.
State laws establish various procedures that state agencies must follow to transfer state real property. The General Assembly may transfer property through legislation, known as “conveyance bills,” without subjecting the transfers to the statutory procedures, according to the Office of Legislative Research. The constitutional amendment would prohibit the General Assembly from transferring property by passing these types of bills, unless the above conditions were met. The amendment would not apply to transfers made by state agencies under the statutory procedures.