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For Danbury, Local Ballot Goes Beyond Just Clinton Vs. Trump

Democratic incumbent Elizabeth Esty, left, will face challenger Clay Cope, right, for the 5th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Democratic incumbent Elizabeth Esty, left, will face challenger Clay Cope, right, for the 5th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Photo Credit: Contributed

DANBURY, Conn. — Much of the political spotlight is focused on the heated ballot for the presidency between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump.

But voters in Danbury are also set to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 8, in a number of races that are much closer to home.

Voters will be casting ballots in races for the U.S. Senate and House:

  • U.S. Senate: Democrat incumbent Richard Blumenthal of Greenwich vs. Republican challenger Dan Carter of Bethel vs. Richard Lion of the Libertarian Party vs. Jeffery Russell of the Green Party
  • 5th District U.S. House: Republican challenger Clay Cope vs. Democrat incumbent Elizabeth Esty

In the race for the State Senate, Republican incumbent Michael McLachlan is facing Democrat challenger Kenneth Gucker.

For the State House, there are six different districts in Danbury (residents vote only in their district):

  • House District 2: Republican William Duff vs. Democrat Raghib Allie-Brennan (Current Rep. Dan Carter is not running for re-election but is running for the U.S. Senate.)
  • House District 107: Republican Stephen G. Harding is running unopposed
  • House District 108: Republican incumbent Richard A. Smith is running unopposed
  • House District 109: Democratic incumbent David Arconti Jr. vs. Republican challenger Veasna Roeun
  • House District 110: Democratic incumbent Bob Godfrey vs. Republican Emanuela Palmares
  • House District 138: Democrat Jeff Tomchik vs. Republican Michael S. Ferguson (open seat)
In local elections, voters will cast ballots for registrar of voters, choosing either Democrat Margaret F. Gallo  or Republican Mary Ann Doran.

They will also decide on two questions:

  • Question 1: Shall the $10 million appropriation and bond authorization for various public projects be approved?
  • Question 2: Shall the $10 million appropriation and bond authorization for the design of improvements, upgrades and rehabilitation to the Water Treatment Plant and Facilities System be approved?

And for president and vice president, four teams are on the ballot:

  • Democrats Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine;
  • Republicans Donald Trump and Mike Pence
  • Libertarian Party's Gary Johnson and Bill Weld
  • Green Party's Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka
  • Or you can do a write-in candidate.

Click here to see a sample ballot for Danbury from the secretary of the state's website.

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