As we look ahead to November’s elections, Durham-Middlefield 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.
Third Congressional District
U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D): Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro has been in Congress. She’s hoping to add another two to that tally this November. She was recently in Orange to , where she called malnutrition and obesity a "double-edged sword.”
Wayne Winsley (R): The Naugatuck resident faces an uphill challenge against long-time incumbent U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro. Still, Winsley is optimistic and thinks it’s time for a change in the third district.
State Senate District 34
Leonard Fasano (R): A deputy minority leader, Fassano has held the office since 2003. "We have an economy that is stuck in neutral, we have families who are jobless and we have children who need a state with a bright future. I intend to continue the fight for all of those reasons and represent you in Hartford to the best of my ability," . The district includes portions of East Haven, North Haven and Wallingford as well.
Steve Fontana (D): No stranger to politics, Fontana served as North Haven's state representative from 1997 to 2011. And as a North Haven selectman from 2009 to 2011. He recently .
State Senate District 12
Edward Meyer (D): “It has been a great privilege to represent the residents of the 12th District in recent years, and I am excited to continue this public service and try to make Connecticut an even better place to live,” Meyer said in .
Cindy Cartier (R): Cartier at a convention in May to challenge Meyer. She lives in Guilford with her husband and two children and has been a Selectman since 2007.
State House District 86
Vincent Candelora (R): Candelora will run unopposed this November and has held office since 2007. "I look forward to serving the community of Durham within the 86th District. I believe my hometown of North Branford shares many of the same issues, and I look forward to being Durham's voice in Hartford," he .
State House District 101
David Dwyer (D): Dweyer, a Madison resident, in April after stepped down for personal reasons. Dweyer is an attorney with a BA from Wake Forest University and a law degree from the University of Connecticut.
Noreen Kokoruda (R): "The towns, whether it be Madison or Guilford of Durham, will expect the best educational systems, great service, and they want their towns to retain their local charm," .
State Senate District 13
Len Suzio (R): Suzio, a Meriden resident, took office in 2011 and waged a successful battle to here in Connecticut. "We need to allow the free market to work. Our high taxes are driving commerce out of Connecticut. These excessive taxes are our problem," he said.
Dante Bartolomeo (D): A Mercy High School graduate and current Merident city councilor, and job creation, protecting workers’ rights, ensuring access to quality health care, providing children with a superior education, controlling government spending, keeping taxes to a minimum, and assisting seniors and families with daily life.
State House District 82
Emil "Buddy" Altobello (D): Altobello previously represented taxpayers in Middlefield prior to the 2002 redistricting and is looking forward to once again working on the issues facing the town. "Hopefully it'll be like an old family reunion," . Altobello will run unopposed in November.