By Ed Munster
(July 19, 2022) — More than 80 people from the towns of Chester, Deep River, Essex, Clinton, East Haddam, and East Hampton and Haddam gathered together on Saturday, July 16, 2022, to gear up for the state and federal elections this November.
Attendees at the summer picnic were delighted with the number of candidates who ventured to Haddam to meet with voters who were enjoying hamburgers, hot dogs and a variety of potluck dishes provided by Haddam Republican Town Committee members. Among the federal candidates in attendance were Leora Levy, who is in a primary for U.S. Senate, and Mike France, who is seeking to represent the Second District of Connecticut in the U.S. House.
(Above Photo, Left to Right, Mary Faye, Mike France, Jessica Kordas, Leory Levy, Dominic Rapini, Chris Turkington, Matt Harper)
Those in attendance running on the state ticket included: Laura Devlin, running for Lt. Governor with Bob Stefanowski; Dominic Rapini, who is in a primary for Secretary of the State; Jessica Kordas, who is running for Attorney General; and Mary Faye for Comptroller. Also in attendance were: Brandon Goff, running in the 33rd Senate District and Matt Harper running in the 3rd Senate District, Chris Turkington of Haddam running for the 36th Assembly Seat and Irene Haines running for the 34th Assembly Seat.
Voters were pleased to be able to meet and speak with such a large number of candidates running for these offices. The fact that so many office seekers took time to attend this Haddam RTC event is noteworthy, as this was a particularly busy day with many events occurring around the state. As examples, the Deep River Muster, East Hampton Old Home Days and Celebrate East Lyme were all held on July 16th. Haddam is viewed as a key town in this part of the state for Republican candidates.
Topics discussed with the candidates were varied and included the recent tax increase on diesel fuel, which is exacerbating the impact of inflation in our state. Other issues that arose centered on the need to secure our southern border from illegal immigration, the desire to regain our energy independence, that the work ethic needs to be encouraged and the fact that we need to enforce our laws and support the men and women of law enforcement.
Voters were reminded that the Democratic and Republican Primary elections are on Tuesday, August 9, 2022.
Photo by John Nork