Republican and Democrat town committees suspend campaign events
FAIRFIELD — Both the Republican and Democratic town committees have canceled campaign events indefinitely to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
According to a press release from the RTC, the committee is postponing its annual Lincoln-Reagan Dinner planned for April 3 at the Brooklawn Country Club.
“The RTC plans to hold another fundraising event later this spring,” the release said. “Individuals who already purchased a ticket will be able to use it for the rescheduled fundraiser.”
DTC Chairman Steven Sheinberg said the campaign kickoff event for Jennifer Leeper, who is running for the 132nd District state representative seat, has also been postponed. Leeper lost a special election for the seat to Republican Brian Farnen in January.
“(Leeper) will be adapting her campaign with a digital launch in the coming days, and is considering other non-traditional campaign methods in order to continue to engage and excite voters and supporters as safely as possible,” the DTC said in a post on its Facebook page.
Sheinberg said other meetings have been canceled as well. He said the primary goal is to contain the virus.
The Fairfield RTC is also halting campaign activities related to the upcoming fall election.
“We are urging our membership and those seeking office to focus on helping our community during this time of great need and focus,” said Fairfield RTC Chairman Jack Testani. “The health and well-being of our neighbors and friends is more pressing and critical at the point in time and campaigning should be halted right now.”
The release said the RTC is urging people to donate to organizations such as Operation Hope and the Connecticut Food Bank because of the need for food and hygienic items during the public health crisis.
Both committees are still accepting donations on their websites.