Redding GOP endorses Dunsby for re-election

The Redding Republican Town Committee has officially endorsed State Representative Adam Dunsby as its candidate for re-election to the State House of Representatives in this November’s election. The endorsement was announced following a vote in the Town Committee’s monthly meeting on Feb. 5. Dunsby, who was first elected in 2016, represents the 135th House district, which includes Easton, Weston and the majority of Redding. He serves on the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee, the Education Committee and the Environment Committee. During his first term he achieved a perfect voting record, casting a vote on every one of 417 roll call … Read more

Allie-Brennan to run against Duff for state representative

Raghib Allie-Brennan is running for state representative for Connecticut’s 2nd Assembly District, which covers parts of Redding, Bethel, Danbury, and Newtown. He is standing in front of his former high school, Bethel High School.

Will he win the second time around? Democrat Raghib Allie-Brennan is once again running against Republican incumbent Rep. William Duff in Connecticut’s 2nd General Assembly District. The district covers parts of Redding, Bethel, Danbury, and Newtown. In 2016, Allie-Brennan lost to Duff by about 280 votes out of a total of about 11,750 votes — getting about 49% of the votes. “I felt this was impressive since this is a Republican district historically and it was a Republican year,” he said. A Bethel native Allie-Brennan, 26, said he has always liked the idea of local public service. “Your hometown is where … Read more

League of Women Voters hears talk on Connecticut’s economic outlook     

Susan Bransfield, Portland first selectman, spoke at Meadow Ridge in Redding on Connecticut’s economic outlook. From left, Redding First Selectman Julia Pemberton, Bransfield, Redding Town Clerk Michele Grande, and Redding LWV President Kim O’Rielly.

Susan Bransfield, first selectman of Portland and president of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, spoke about Connecticut’s economic outlook from a small town’s perspective to Redding’s League of Women Voters. The talk was held at the group’s Tuesday, Dec. 12, holiday lunch at Meadow Ridge in Redding. As background, she noted that the United States Constitution mentions only federal and state government. She said that the 169 towns and cities in Connecticut are agents of the state. They don’t exist unless the state allows them to, and as such are affected by decisions made in Hartford.   Bransford said that … Read more

Democratic Town Committee disappointed over Board of Education appointment

I am disappointed that the qualified candidate nominated by the Democratic Town Committee, Catherine Vecchiarelli, wasn’t appointed to join the Board of Education. The Redding voters had elected a Democratic majority to this board. I am very disheartened by the fact that the Republicans on the board ignored the will of the electorate and chose to disregard past practice by refusing to seat a Democrat to replace a Democrat. Instead, they injected partisanship into what should have been a non-controversial process. Interestingly, this led to the appointment of someone the Republicans had previously rejected. Nevertheless, I do want to congratulate … Read more

Parkin elected to Redding Board of Education

Chris Parkin, left, shakes hands with Redding First Selectman Julia Pemberton after being elected to the Redding Board of Education on Tuesday, Dec. 5. Parkin is filling a vacancy left by Democrat Gwen Denny, who was elected to the Region 9 Board of Education in Redding’s municipal election in November. — John Reilly photo

Four times proved to be the charm for Redding resident Chris Parkin. At the Tuesday, Dec. 5, Redding Board of Education meeting, Parkin, a Republican, was elected to the board by two votes. He is filling a two-year vacancy left by Gwen Denny, a Democrat, who was elected to the Region 9 Board of Education in the Redding municipal election in November. Parkin, who has three children in the Redding public school system, ran against Kim Thompson, a Republican, who is the in-house counsel for Danbury Public Schools, and Catherine Vecchiarelli, a Democrat, who was the Democratic Town Committee nominee. … Read more

Redding legislators to host state budget forum

State Rep. Adam Dunsby represents the 135th General Assembly district communities of Easton, Redding, and Weston.

State Representatives Adam Dunsby (R-135) and Will Duff (R-2), along with State Senator Toni Boucher (R-26) invite their constituents in Redding to attend a state budget forum in Redding.  The event will be held at Redding Town Hall, 100 Hill Road, on Monday, Dec. 11, from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The legislators will use the opportunity to discuss recent developments with the Connecticut state budget and legislation that passed in 2017. Residents should come prepared with questions related to state government including the state budget and concerns about their community. Anyone unable to attend but would like to speak to Rep. Dunsby, Rep. Duff, or Sen. Boucher can reach them at [email protected][email protected], or [email protected]Read more

Shaban, former GOP state rep, to run for attorney general


Former Republican state Rep. John Shaban announced Tuesday his intention to form a candidate committee to run for Connecticut attorney general. Shaban will be filing paperwork with the State Elections Enforcement Commission, and has already spoken with most of the Republican gubernatorial candidates and the Republican Attorneys General Association about his plans. “Connecticut’s economy continues to underperform, starving our citizens of the promise and prosperity they deserve,” Shaban said in a press release. “The attorney general can help by easing barriers to success for businesses and individuals.” Shaban represented the 135th District, which includes Easton, Weston and Redding, from 2011 … Read more

What’s first on the agenda for the new term?

Winning candidates in Redding’s municipal election discuss the first item to tackle on their list The nine winners of the four contested races already have a plan of action in regard to how they will begin their new term.  They shared their plan below: Redding Board of Education Laura Hoeing Now that the election is over, I’m excited to start concentrating on the “work” of serving our students at Redding Elementary School and John Read Middle School. While it’s difficult to name my “top agenda item” for the Board of Education, I’m eager to find the most effective ways to … Read more

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