As we look ahead to November’s elections, Tolland Patch is devoted to bringing you the information you need about every race in town. Here's our start on the candidates and issues we'll be covering as November draws near.
(D): The president came to Connecticut last election to stump for his Democratic colleagues, although this year he could be more busy campaigning for himself.
(R): The former governor is no stranger to Connecticut, having most recently visited in May for a lucrative fundraiser.
(D): The Democratic congressman is polling ahead of his closest party rival by a 50-20 margin as he tries to win outgoing Sen. Joe Lieberman’s seat.
(D): The Democratic candidate for Senate has her work cut out for her as she tries to lessen U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy’s strong lead as the August primary approaches.
Sylvester Salcedo (D): The Bridgeport lawyer is known for being one of the few Asian-Americans to run for U.S. Senate in the 2012 election — perhaps now the only one since — as well as driving to the Mexican border earlier this year to gain a some attention for his campaign.
Lee Whitnum (unaffiliated): The Greenwich resident spark some controversy when because Gov. Malloy and Rep. Chris Murphy are "lying to the people to pander to the ultra conservative branch of the Jewish community." She announced in June that she would
(R): The former WWE executive tried – and failed – in her run for U.S. Senate two years ago. This year, she was the Republican favorite after .
(R): Despite losing the party nominations to Linda McMahon, .
Kie Westby (R): , the Southbury attorney said that career politicians have had their chance to make changes. "It requires a fresh face, a fresh approach," he said. Although he hasn't officially suspended his campaign, Westby recently announced that he wouldn't submit the signatures required to be part of the Republican primary.
Second Congressional District
U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney (D): Courtney was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2006. He was endorsed by his party in May for his fourth term. Courtney, of Vernon, during the BRAC hearings.
Paul Formica (R): East Lyme's first selectman was , despite having announced his entry into the race less than a week before the party gathered.
Daria Novak (R): Novak failed in her bid to be the Republican candidate in 2010. Despite being the party-endorsed candidate, she lost a primary to Janet Peckinpaugh, who then lost to Courtney. Novak lost to Formica at the convention b ut has announced her intention to primary.
Eighth State House District
(R): The self-employed electrical contractor has been a visible presence in the district, conducting regular office hours and taking an active role in veterans issues like sponsoring worn flag disposal programs.
(D): In May, the Dems nominated the third-generation union electrician and labor organizer. He has served as Organizing Director of Connecticut Citizen Action Group, which focuses on open government, clean elections, health reform, lower energy costs, fair taxation and the environment. Murphy also serves as Assistant Business Manager and Organizer for IBEW Local 1228, which represents workers in the television industry in five New England states.
Thirty-Fifth State Senate District
(R): Gigliemlo has been a fixture in the Senate seat for years. He is the deputy minority leader of the state Senate and the ranking member of both of the Labor and Public Employees Committee and the Public Safety and Security Committee. He is also a member of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding, Internship and Program Review and Investigation committees.
(D): Two years ago, Eastwood had the best showing of any challenger against Guglielmo ever. Eastwood said she is running for office, "because everyone in our community should have access to great opportunities - the opportunity for a great public education, to start a local business, access to quality and affordable health care, to a clean and a sustainable environment and an affordable retirement."
Fifty-Third State House District
: Hurlburt, a Tolland resident, has been serving in the General Assembly since 2006. Before being elected, he gained experience working with former Speaker of the House James Amann, former House Majority Leader David Pudlin, and as the clerk of the Public Health Committee under then Senator Christopher Murphy. Hurlburt also served on the Tolland Town Council, beginning in 2003.
(R): Vincent has served for 7 years on the Tolland Board of Education. When accepting her party's endorsement, she said, "Hartford is broken and we must elect candidates who can fix it. I am willing, ready and able to bring common sense and balance back to the Capitol."