October 31, 2014

Marsh, Other Independent Candidates Qualify for the Fall Ballot

CHESTER–Chester First Selectman Tom Marsh has secured a line on the Nov. 2 ballot for his run for governor as the nominee of the Connecticut Independent Party.

Marsh and five other Connecticut Independent Party candidates submitted more than the required number of petition signatures from registered voters by an Aug. 4 deadline and have been confirmed for the ballot by the Secretary of the State’s office. The candidates and about 50 friends and supporters celebrated the successful ballot access effort Tuesday evening with a gathering at the Corinthian Yacht Club in Essex.

The candidates for statewide office were required to submit petition signatures from at least 7,500 registered voters. Marsh said Wednesday after nearly 11,500 signatures were submitted by the deadline.

Marsh, elected first selectman in 2005 as a Republican, had announced in January that he was running for the Republican nomination for governor. But in April Marsh announced he would pursue his candidacy in the general election as the nominee of the Connecticut Independent Party, a Waterbury based group that has elected members of the Waterbury Board of Alderman and has town committees in several Waterbury area towns.

Marsh is running with Cicero Booker as the candidate for Lieutenant Governor. Booker, an African-American, is a former Waterbury police officer who currently serves on the city’s Board of Alderman. Booker also successfully petitioned for a spot on the Nov. 2 ballot.

Other candidates on the ballot include Michael Telesca for secretary of the state, and Andrew White for treasurer. Telesca, of Waterbury, is a property manager who also serves as chairman of the party. White, of Ridgefield, is a financial analyst who was initially a candidate for the Republican nomination for treasurer.

The party currently has two candidates for U.S. Senate with separate ballot lines. John Mertens, a college professor from West Hartford, has the ballot line of the Connecticut for Lieberman Party, a grouping created by Senator Joseph I. Lieberman after he was defeated by Ned Lamont in the 2006 Democratic Primary for the U.S. Senate nomination. The Connecticut for Lieberman Party already had ballot status left over from Lieberman’s 2006 general election victory but is no longer affiliated with Lieberman.

Warren Mosler holds the Connecticut Independent Party ballot line for U..S. Senate. Mosler, a financial commentator from Middletown, began the year as a candidate for the Democratic nomination.

Delia Names Campaign Team for Probate Race

Republican judge of probate candidate Anselmo Delia has announced town coordinators and a team of advisors for the fall election contest in the new nine-town probate court district.

Delia, a Clinton lawyer, was nominated for judge of probate at a convention in May. He faces a contest with Democrat Terrance Lomme,, an Essex lawyer who won the party nomination in a primary last week. Lomme defeated Raymond Rigat, a Clinton lawyer who served three terms as the local probate judge in his hometown.

Delia has coodinators in each district town, including Republican town chairman Mario Gioco in Chester, former First Selectwoman Virginia Zawoy in Clinton, Margot Gamerdinger in Deep River, Lynn Faulstick in Essex, Margo Chase-Wells in Haddam, Republican town chairman Rowland Ballek in Lyme, Gerri Lewis in Old Saybrook, and John Ferrara in Westbrook. The coordinator in Killingworth is Gerlad Lucas, a former first selectman who is also serving as campaign manager.

“Now that the Democratic Primary is over, we have an opponent, and it’s time to begin the general election campaign,” Delia said. “These are truly super people, literally the best and brightest experienced in campaigns and will be an extraordinary asset as we go forward.”

Delia also announced four prominent area Republicans who will be serving as “senior advisors” for his campaign. The group includes Ferrara of Westbrook, a former member of the Republican State Central Committee, Robert and Madge Fish of Old Saybrook, and Edward Munster of Haddam. Robert Fish is the current town treasuredr of Old Saybrook, and a former selectman who served several months as interim first selectman in 1997. Madge Fish is president of the Old Saybrook Republican Women’s Club.

Munster is a former state senator for the 33rd Senate District, which overlaps most of the new probate court district. Munster served one term in the State Senate, from 1990-1992, before making three unsuccessful runs for U.S. Congress in the 2nd District of eastern Connecticut in 1992, 1994, and 1996. In Munster’s run for the State Senate in 1990, he was the convention-endorsed candidate who defeated Delia in a Republican primary.