PARTY CHAIRS:
  DEMOCRATS&REPUBLICANS

LOCAL ELECTION NOVEMBER 5, 2019:  Follow deadlines for all parts of the process here.

HOW WILL PEOPLE FIND OUT ABOUT WHO IS RUNNING FOR WHAT OFFICE AND WHY?  ELSEWHERE?





MORE AND MORE THIS IS LOOKING LIKE NOT TO BE IN SPECIAL SESSION 2019...

   

LESSONS LEARNED?  CAN TRAFFIC FLOW MORE EASILY...IF HIGHEST TRAFFIC HOUR OCCURS EVERY OTHER WEEKEND?

    I think our road system is at or near capacity- you can tell when it take an hour or 2 to drive to Stamford...think twice before going anywhere?
    However, the culture of phony "transparency" only makes more shocking the news of full-scale corruption - and gets elected a foe of tolls in Fairfield;
    And all politics is local department:  When you get too much in step with State Government/Legislative mandates, you are vulnerable in a local election.


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FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE STATE:  Or check out our PDF.
 

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET RESULTS ANNOUNCED?  30 minutes?  45 minutes?  How about 2 and 1/2 hours but you don't have to go to the WMS!!!  BRAVO Sec'y of the State!!!

We found that NOT going to the polls this time for a local election saved us a lot of annoyance!  BRAVO Denise Merrill's website!!!  When we checked at 10:30pm here it was...PDF

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E L E C T I O N    D A Y    T U E S D A Y    N O V E M B E R    5 th  -    W.M.S. GYM ,    6 a . m .  t o    8 p . m .   



BOARD  OF  POLICE  COMMISSIONERS CANDIDATES


SAME SELECTMEN, NO CHALLENGE FOR FIRST SELECTMAN


Board of Selectmen providing ideas, $$ to P&Z for Town Plan update...

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PLANNING & ZONING HAS NO CHALLENGE - WHICH IS UNDERSTANDABLE, BUT Z.B.A. DOES.  BOARD OF ASSESSMENT APPEALS, TOO.


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BOARD OF FINANCE:  NO CONTEST HERE EITHER



Three of four candidates have not stood for election to the Finance Board before.  Two have.  Which one was Selectman as well?  On the Board of Education?  P&Z?

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BOARD OF EDUCATION - ALL WILL BE ELECTED
 

Only Board Chair. Gina Albert has stood before the voters of Weston before for election to the Board of Education.

At right, Hillary Koyner has run for office and been re-elected a couple of time to Board of Assessment Appeals.

Ruby Hedge, Taffy Miller and Melissa Walker are on a Weston Ballot for the first time Tuesday November 5th.

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Read what the Weston LWV VOTERS' GUIDE has to say here.





THE WESTON LWV BOARD OF POLICE COMMISSIONERS OCT. 19, 2019 DEBATE...
Direct YouTube link:  
  https://youtu.be/BIrHgZUgjyU




Top, Debate site.  Left, Weston Police Department and its 24/7 prescription drug drop off
(L - R) Bill Brady (who took a 30 second opportunity to let people know about 24/7 prescription drug drop off);   Jess DiPasquale, David Muller, Beth Gralnick.

Q.  IN THIS DAY AND AGE, WHO KEEPS TRACK OF ELECTIONS?  Ans.  THE WESTON LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS

MY FAVORITE QUESTION (#12) GOT ANSWERS - @ 1 hour, 3 minutes plus.  And the next one (13) was terrific, too!  #15 was actually a great "closing statement."

FYI:  Each question can be a maximum of 5 minutes for all 4 to answer...
HERE IS THE LINK TO WESTON LWV: 
http://www.lwvweston.org/

1.   The Police Budget is mostly made up of salaries.  Is there any way to reduce the increase in your budget over time?

2.      Do you have a handle on overtime?  This has always been a problem.  Is it still?

3.      What are the trouble spots for traffic in town?

4.      Why can we not have “red light” speed cameras to ticket speeders – there are companies that can do this – and it would raise revenue?

5.      Do we need any more traffic lights based upon volume increases in rush hour or other reasons?  Where?

6.      Should the Police Commission play a stronger role in school safety?

7.      What training is given to officers handling domestic violence cases?  Is it sufficient?

8.      How can the Police Department and Police Commission more effectively contribute to reducing the incidence of teenage drug and alcohol usage?

9.      What training is given to officers about handling mental health related incidences?  Is it sufficient to the need?

10.   With the absence of the Weston Forum what are the resources you intend to use to communicate the Commission’s top priorities and vital information to the community?

11.  The Commission received funds for purchase of a drone in the last budget.  What are you using it for?  What should it be used for in the coming years?

12.   The Town Plan consultant has received traffic counts and analyzed them recently.  What input can you offer to the expansion of Town Center proposals along Route 57?

13.   Should the Commission run a safety program either for students in the schools or for everyone on speeding?

14.   What is the most frequent crime committed in Weston?  What is the most serious?

15.   What is the biggest single issue for the Police Commission to address in the near future?



Previously...


"STATE OF THE TOWN" - BOARD OF SELECTMEN

The following video on "The State of the Town" is presented by The League of Women Voters® of Weston, Connecticut.
It features a distinguished panel comprised of the members of Weston's Board of Selectmen, who are running unopposed in the 2019 election.

This event was recorded on October 5, 2019, at the Weston Public Library, Weston, Connecticut.

[Note:  For best viewing quality click the gear-shaped icon that will appear near the lower right corner of the video window when the video starts to play, and under "Quality" select "1080p" if it isn't already selected
(assuming you have a reasonably high speed Internet connection).  Also, if you wish, click the square icon that is nearby at the lower right corner to play the video full screen].







THE BALLOT WILL LOOK LIKE THIS...

 


Weston ballot lottery over.  
Not that the ballot lottery is a major event, but it did explain, for me, what had gone before.  Such as specifying which positions would be two-year and which full term, 4 year  spots on the ballot.

NOT THE OFFICIAL BALLOT BUT A GOOD IDEA ABOUT HOW IT IS SHAPING UP HERE




We visited the Town Clerk's Office at Town Hall this afternoon, July 24, 2019 at 4pm and found out:  Major Parties' nominees shown at WestonLWV.

A CONTESTED ELECTION FOR THE POLICE COMMISSION
Left to right:  Beth Gralnick (D), David Muller as we knew him on the Board of Selectmen (D), Bill Brady (R), and Jess Dipasquale (R).  Original graphics from our own photos from our files.

The only major board to be contested this year would be...the Police Commission;  as we define "major" this means one dealing with "global" issues.



PUBLIC NOTICE AND/OR ANNOUNCEMENT OF CAUCUS:









What will be the issues?

How many seats on how many boards or commissions will be on the ballot - and contested?


Not that we have this in Weston, but how does process for Minority Party nominations and certification work?


Also from the Secretary of the State's calendar:





 
ELSEWHERE




Check this out:  An example of "witching week" article - which is one that can't be refuted before Election Day.  Also note that there is a Weston connection - former employee now works in Greenwich.
https://www.ctinsider.com/local/greenwichtime/article/Auditor-fired-from-job-files-lawsuit-against-14572560.php?src=gthpcp&_ga=2.220263896.1199214795.1572363160-817986080.1555703357





MAYOR BRONIN WINS PRIMARY
https://www.courant.com/politics/hc-pol-hartford-mayor-winner-20190910-4kfnz6grgzg23iad5enwwlm6ye-story.html






NEW HAVEN TO HAVE NEW MAYOR AFTER DEMOCRAT PRIMARY TURNS OUT TONI HARP
https://www.courant.com/politics/hc-pol-new-haven-mayor-winner-20190911-egdq27uflza4ha26zqawnbrmn4-story.html







Election in Bridgeport not delayed.
https://ctmirror.org/2019/11/04/supreme-court-declines-to-stop-bridgeport-election/






ABSENTEE BALLOTS: 

"...SEEC Executive Director Michael Brandi said they're initiating an investigation and collecting the necessary documents. He was unable to address Medina’s request because he has not seen it.

"Brandi said their role is to investigate the allegations of fraud and assess fines or penalties. The role of the SEEC isn’t to order a new election or make sure a candidate is on the ballot.

“'They would have to go to court on that and find a remedy in court,' Brandi said."

--CTNEWSJUNKIE


Earlier in the day we read these report:

The best of them:  https://www.ctpost.com/politics/article/CT-elections-commission-orders-probe-into-14461686.php

 “'Bridgeport has a large percentage of handicapped and seniors. I have strong support from them. They have a right to vote,' Ganim said in a telephone interview...."
https://ctmirror.org/2019/09/23/records-subpoenaed-in-bridgeport-mayoral-primary/

We picked this story up first in the COURANT...
https://www.courant.com/politics/hc-pol-bridgeport-seec-vote-20190923-rupukqyaw5dzdhr2cm7zknuaky-story.html










ABSENTEE BALLOTS SINK CANDIDACY:  4140 to 3796 in person at the machines,  932 to 303 absentee ballots.
https://www.ctpost.com/local/article/Moore-loses-to-Ganim-after-absentees-counted-may-14429944.php

SEN. MOORE CHALLENGES INCUMBENT
September Primary in Bridgeport for Democrats as will as GOP candidates for mayor.





OPEN GOVERNMENT IS ALWAYS AN ISSUE, AT ANY LEVEL.  BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU.

   

We note that there are several things that might make this November 5, 2019 election in Weston tough to call: