Campaign '14 down to the wire with new faces in the mix
Voters in two local General Assembly districts will be asked to choose a completely new representative when they go to the polls Tuesday, and the town will also have a new state senator.
Voting opens at 6 a.m. Tuesday and the polls close at 8 p.m. Voter registration ended Oct. 28, however there is in-person registration and same-day voting on Election Day at Sullivan-Independence Hall in the first-floor conference room. Prospective voters must bring proof of identity and registration.
Republican state Sen. John McKinney's decision to seek the GOP nomination for governor triggered a snowball effect among candidates for Fairfield's seats in the assembly. With his seat open, state Rep. Tony Hwang, R-134, and state Rep. Kim Fawcett, D-133, both decided to give up their seats to vie to replace McKinney.
That meant the local House seats held by Hwang and Fawcett are also up for grabs. The 133rd District race pits Selectman Cristin McCarthy Vahey, a Democrat, against Republican Representative Town Meeting member Carol Way, while in the 134th, Republican Laura Devlin, another RTM member, is running against Democrat Tara Cook-Littman.
Also on the ballot will be Probate Court Judge Daniel Caruso, who again is unopposed. Caruso is a Republican.
More InformationFAIRFIELD VOTES
Tuesday, Nov. 4
6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Polling stations (by state House district):
District 1 / 132: Fairfield Senior Center, 100 Mona Terrace
District 2 / 132; 2-133; 2-134: St. Pius X School, 824 Brookside Drive
District 3 / 132, 134: Dwight Elementary School, 1600 Redding Road
District 4 / 132, 133 & 134: Osborn Hill School, 760 Stillson Road
District 5 / 132, 133: McKinley School, 60 Thompson St.
District 6 / 132, 133: Fairfield Warde High School, 755 Melville Ave.
District 7 / 133, 134: North Stratfield School, 190 Putting Green Road
District 8 / 132, 133 & 134: Holland Hill School, 200 Meadowcroft Road
District 9 / 132: Fairfield Ludlowe High School, 785 Unquowa Road
District 10 / 132, 133: Roger Sherman School, 250 Fern St.
The ballot is topped by the closely contested race for governor between incumbent Democrat Dannel P. Malloy and Republican Tom Foley, a rematch of their tight contest four years ago. Ballots also will be cast for the statewide constitutional officers.
Also on the ballot is the contest in the 4th Congressional District, between incumbent Democrat Jim Himes, who is being challenged a second time by Republican Dan Debicella.
Both major political parties are confident about their candidates' chances.
With neither party holding a majority in town, Republican Town Committee Chairman James Millington said GOP officials know they have a good opportunity to retain the seats they now hold, and possibly pick up another. Democrats, he said, have no rally cry to motivate voters, and so the GOP has targeted unaffilliated voters.
As of Wednesday morning, there were 36,823 eligible voters. Of those registered, 10,203 are Democrats, while another 10,725 are registered with the GOP. The majority -- 15,540 -- are unaffiliated voters. There are also 355 local voters registered with minor parties.
"As a result, we poured more resources into our voter outreach efforts this year than any in recent history," Millington said. "As of Oct. 24th, our team had made 32,804 phone calls to Fairfield voters. We had been able to speak directly to 17,386 of the voters we called. Also by that date, we had walked to 76 percent of the registered voters doors in town."
Millington believes turnout will be moderate, with taxes as the largest motivating factor.
"Bottom line, on Election Day I can say very confidently that we did all we could to turn the vote out and I believe that the Republicans will do very well," he said.