As we look ahead to November’s elections, Greenwich 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. Bookmark this page for updates.
Livvy Floren (R): Represents a part of Greenwich and the northern and western sections of Stamford. A six-term incumbent, Floren has said she welcomes a challenge, in what will be only the third time since she was first elected in 2000. She says issues should focus on "the economy, increasing jobs, making it easier to do business in Connecticut and the protection of open space and the environment."
John Blankley (D): The Democratic challenger is a Greenwich businessman, has been active in local politics, having served on the board of the Greenwich Democratic Town Committee and the Representative Town Meeting. Blankley has said, "I look forward to sharing a discussion of issues that shape our lives and the lives of our children.”
Steve Walko (R): A former chairman of the Greenwich Board of Estimate and Taxation, Walko, is seeking to fill the seat being vacated by Lile Gibbons. The district encompasses Greenwich's shoreline south of Route 1, from the Port Chester to Stamford borders.
Stephanie Paulmeno (D): She's a registered nurse and member of the town’s Commission on Aging, who's also been elected to the Representative Town Meeting. Paulmeno also has been the director of nursing at The Nathaniel Witherell nursing home and the Greenwich director of community health planning.
151st House District
: Association and vice president of the Eastern Middle School PTA. "I believe in public service. I believe there is a lot that can be done working within the system rather than sometimes snapping around at the peripheries," is what he says is one of the reasons why he's running.
: Camillo, who blogs on Greenwich Patch, was elected in 2008 to replace a popular representative, Dolly Powers. He's a small business owner, high school teacher, baseball coach, and mortgage banker, and is involved in many community organizations. He is a ranking member of the Commerce Committee and a member of the Transportation and Environment committees.
L. Scott Frantz (R-36): Frantz is seeking his third term representing all of Greenwich, and parts of Stamford and New Canaan. He serves as Assistant Minority Leader and on the Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee, as well as the Banks, the Commerce, and the Transportation committees.
Daniel Dauplaise (D): The 27-year-old Stamford resident is a consultant for the Greenwich Education Group and says education is a priority on his platform. He is executive vice president and chief of Stamford operations for the Fairfield County Young Democrats, and a member of the Stamford Democratic Town Committee. His election website: www.danforsenate2012.com/ is under construction but does allow for donations.
4TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
Jim Himes (D): The congressman, who on Patch, is seeking his third term in the 4th district and has recently focused his efforts on job growth, expanding veterans' rights and strengthening domestic violence laws.
Steve Obsitnik (R): The Westport businessman, who , said when he that leadership in Washington is needed to "support entrepreneurship, excellence in education, fiscal responsibility and private sector job growth."
Susan Bysiewicz (D): The former Secretary of State about the importance of small business in creating jobs in the state. "If we’re serious about job creation we need to send leaders to Washington who understand small business,” she said. “As the wife of a small business owner I know about that. Before my head hits the pillow every night I get an earful about small business.”
Chris Murphy (D): The congressman, , has been , but his response is that he's "proud" of his record and the way Congress has handled Wall Street reform.
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 sparked some controversy when because Gov. Dannel 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
Linda McMahon (R): , the former WWE CEO is a clear frontrunner in the U.S. Senate race along with Rep. Murphy. She recently shared her .
Chris Shays (R): The former congressman, who lost his seat to Himes in 2008, recently turned to Republican political strategist Karl Rove for assistance with his campaign.
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.