Last week’s CTInsider article “Blue State, Red Towns” emphasized how and why Connecticut has over 100 localities with Republican mayors or first selectmen. But our state is more nuanced than being simply “blue” or “red” in some areas. Connecticut voters are a complex lot, and the highest number of us (41 percent) are not even registered with a political party.
As the article points out, Republicans usually turn out more than Democrats in state and local races unless it’s a competitive election. And many local Republican officials are more relatable to their constituents. As much as the media and many Democrats link the national party to local officials, the article reminds readers that many voters recognize that generalizing all candidates in one party hardly works in many Connecticut towns.