Thursday, October 04, 2012

North End Meet the Candidate Night in Middletown

Kleckowski sitting councilwoman &candidate has an intimate chat with a voter. 
Last night residents had the chance to meet one on one no holds barred with local candidates at the Green Street Arts Center sponsored by North End Action Team. The event gathered about 20 locals, and included a casual dinner free to all. Potential voters were supplied with blank question sheets to fill in and take notes on. Questions focused on how candidates would solve North End issues.
Former Mayor Sebastian Giuliano, Councilman Ron Klattenberg (D), Middletown Republican Town Committee Chair William Wilson, Planning & Zoning Commissioner Molly Salafia (R) , former Councilman Earle Roberts (R), BOE Member Ryan Kennedy (R), and Mayor Dan Drew were among the crowd to show support for fellow candidates.
Winsley, candidate for Congress speaks with North End voters.
Wayne Winsley who is running against 11 year incumbent Rosa Delauro was on hand although  his opponent was a no show. Winsley has asked Delauro to publicly debate him and she has refused. Deborah Kleckowski current Middletown Councilwoman (R) is running against incumbent Matt Lesser to represent the 100th District. Kleckowski and Lesser both attended Wesleyan University, however Lesser dropped out to run for his office in 2008, and Kleckowski graduated with her masters and when on to work in social services and education. Kleckowski played a key role in defending special needs students and parents in the aftermath of the scream room scandal at Farm Hill earlier this year. She also opposes  the proposed Ct legislation being backed by Lesser  that would allow men and women to use the same public restrooms based on their perceived gender identity rather than biological; Kleckowski cites public safety issues.
     Lesser recently came back from a paddle down the CT River to observe foliage as part of a DEP tour with Mayor Drew Tuesday. Winsley & Kleckowski have both backed incumbent  Republican Candidate Len Suzio for gas tax reform and suspension of early release for violent criminals.
Event organizer &  Exec. Director of NEAT, Izzi Greenberg.
    Also in attendance were candidates Paul Doyle (D) and veteran incumbent Joseph Serra (D) who is defending his seat representing the 33rd District against Callie Grippo (R).

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