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Letter to the Editor: Register to Vote in August Primary

The views stated here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the editors of this newspaper. We welcome supporting or opposing views on any published item. Received June 17, 2022.

(June 18, 2022) —- Are you registered to vote? In a party?

If you are not registered to vote in a party, you are at a disadvantage! Voters who do not register in a party are officially known as ‘Unaffiliated Voters.’ They are not allowed to vote in the Democratic or Republican primary, which is the important election on August 9, 2022. Those who vote in the primary get to choose, from among three people, which one will run against the Democratic incumbent Richard Blumenthal, who has been in the U. S. Senate for 12 years. The three Republican candidates are Themis Klarides, Leora Levy and Peter Lumaj.

Themis Klarides is a lawyer from Seymour, Connecticut who graduated from Quinnipiac University School of Law and Trinity College. She was first elected to the Connecticut House of Representatives in 1998 and served as House Minority Leader from 2015 through 2021. She is the first woman to hold that position. To learn about her positions, visit her website

Leora Levy is a graduate of Brown University from Greenwich, Connecticut. She has served as the Republican National Committeewoman for the State of Connecticut since 2016. Leora was born in Havana, Cuba and escaped Castro’s Communist Revolution with her family in 1960. She was honored to be nominated by President Donald Trump to be the U.S. Ambassador to Chile in October of 2019. To learn about her positions, visit her website

Peter Lumaj was born in Communist Albania in 1967, escaped Communism and came to the United States where he learned English and enrolled in the City University of New York, graduating cum laude with a BA in Political Science. Later Peter graduated from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. While attending law school he worked as a fraud investigator in the Giuliani Administration. To learn more about his positions, visit his website

I urge you to register in the Republican Party before August 9 so you can select which of these three candidates others will have a chance to vote for in the November election. If you are an unaffiliated voter, you can visit the Registrars of Voters on any Wednesday at the main firehouse on Saybrook Road OR go to the Haddam Town Office Building and ask for a form to change to be a Republican voter.


Richard B. Wells, Jr., Haddam Republican Town Committee Chairman

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