More than 100 of the party faithful gathered for the opening of the Greenwich Democratic Town Committee headquarters in Cos Cob, vowing to take back the control of the state legislative delegation representing the town.
"The Democrats are the only ones who have solid candidates with exceptional resumes that transcend the parties," DTC Chairman Frank Farricker said Monday night. For the first time in decades, the Democrats have fielded candidates for all three state house positions and the lone state senate seat.
And Farricker implored supporters who crowded into the first floor of a rented home at 257 E. Putnam Ave. in Cos Cob, to volunteer to staff the headquarters, make telephone calls, canvass neighborhoods and install lawn signs. Farricker said he was "pumped" at the Democrats chances to win on the state level.
"The Democrats are the only ones who just have solid candidates with exceptional resumes that transcend the parties. We're appealing to unaffiliated voters and to Republican voters," Farricker said. (Please see video.)
He didn't need to cajole members of the Greenwich High School Young Democrats Committee which showed up in force Monday evening. More than a dozen teens attended the opening.
Four Young DTC members said they are volunteering to make phone calls and canvass neighborhoods, despite the fact that none of the GHS seniors will be old enough to vote in the Nov. 6 elections. A government class stimulated their interest in the campaigns, and Farricker said the candidacy of Daniel Dauplaise against incumbent state Sen. Scott Frantz has energized younger volunteers."He can talk to them, relate to them and motivate them" Farricker said of the 26-year-old Dauplaise who did not attend the Oct. 1 opening.
And for at least two of the students, Jacob Segal and Eric Aaron, this campaign isn't their first. They've worked on previous campaigns for US Rep. Jim Himes (D-4), US Sen. Richard Blumenthal and local candidates, Bill Grad and the late Nancy Barton.
All three state legislative candidates gave impassioned speeches outlining their platforms. Candidate for the 150th District, Stephanie Paulmeno of Old Greenwich, said she wants to transform her career in the health care industry and work with veterans into a platform to ensure women's rights and health care for veterans.
Rafferty, also of Old Greenwich, who is running against incumbent Fred Camillo for the 151st District. "I need you to help me out. We need you to help all of us out and help out our community. The Republicans who are in place to not have a seat at the table in Hartford," Rafferty said.
John Blankley, who unsuccessfully ran for First Selectman in 2011, is challenging six-term incumbent Livvy Floren. Voters rights is one of the main issues he seeks to bring to the spotlight during the campaign.