Terry Backer Dinner 2018

National and State Leaders To Honor Local Democrats At Annual Terry Backer Tribute


– The Stratford Democratic Town Committee (SDTC) today announced that Johanne Immacula Cann, Stephen Raguskus and Barbara Heimlich will be honored at this year’s annual Terry Backer Dinner on Sunday, April 29, at 12:00 p.m. at the Blue Goose Restaurant in Stratford.

     Raguskus and Heimlich are to receive the “John Rich Democratic Leadership Award” and the “Robert Galello Outstanding Service Award,” respectively. Cann is Stratford’s “Democrat of the Year.” This year marks the first time the award named after John Rich will be given. Rich, a 30-year volunteer with Stratford EMS and advocate for a local dog park, passed away suddenly in January. Awards and proclamations honoring the above three and others will be issued by the offices of Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, U.S. Senators Dick Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, and U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (3rd CD).

     “Terry Backer never stopped fighting for the needs of the everyday person” said STDC Chairwoman Stephanie Philips. More than ever we should embody Terry’s spirit to be bold, focused, and never give up fighting for those who need help. Terry championed life and the environment by respecting every living creature and protecting our Town and the Long Island Sound.”

     Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro remarked, “Terry Backer was a champion for working families in Stratford. He was a proud Merchant Marine with the Coast Guard, a lobsterman, and Stratford’s longtime Representative in the State Legislature. He was truly ‘our Soundkeeper,’ and he fought for the protection of our Long Island Sound like no one else. It is a fitting honor that this annual event now features his name, and I know his good legacy will live on forever.”

     The Backer Dinner commemorates the life-long public service of long-time State Representative Terry Backer, a former Merchant Marine officer with the US Coast Guard, who worked also as an arborist and as a lobsterman prior to being elected to the Connecticut House of Representatives in 1993 from Stratford’s 121st Assembly District.  Backer held leadership roles as Vice Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, Chairman of the Energy and Technology Committee, Assistant Majority Leader and Assistant Majority Whip. Backer served until December 2015 when he passed away following a long bout with cancer.

     According to Backer Dinner Chair Adam H. Brill, tickets and advertisement spots in the Dinner Journal will sell quickly: “We are very excited to host several VIPs to honor Terry’s memory, and we know that he would be very happy with our choice of honorees. We also hope to see as many Democrats as possible come out and hear from our officials in Hartford and Washington.”   

     Tickets and information about the journal for the dinner are available by visiting http://www.stratforddemocrats.com/ or by calling Adam H. Brill at 203-727-7620.  Checks must be payable to Stratford Democratic Town Committee or S.D.T.C.  The Blue Goose is located at 326 Ferry Boulevard. 


Stratford Democrats honor three, rally the troops



Stratford Democrats honored some of their own and had a mini rally of sorts on Sunday at the annual Terry Backer Dinner.

Joined by big named party leaders in the audience, Democrats honored the memory of former State Rep. Terry Backer for his dedication to Stratford and Long Island Sound. Backer, who was elected to 12 terms in the General Assembly, died in December 2015. He was 61 years old.

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Adam Brill To Seek 8th District Council Seat

Adam Brill is jumping into the Stratford political pool as he will run  for the 8th District seat on the Town Council.


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John Rich to run for Town Council



John Rich, something of a hero to the canines in town, has announced his intention to run for the District 1 Town Council seat — one that’s occupied by Beth Daponte, also the chairwoman of the panel.

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Len Petruccelli to Run for Mayor



Len Petruccelli thinks he’s right man to run Stratford.

So on Saturday, he made it official: he’s running for mayor.

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Joe Paul Announces Campaign for Mayor


Today, Wednesday February 22nd, Joe Paul filed the paperwork to run for mayor of Stratford.


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Stephanie Philips announces run for Mayor



Stephanie Philips made it official on Tuesday March 7th, leaving no room for ambiguity.

“Not an exploratory; I’m a mayoral [candidate],” Philips said after filing her paperwork on Tuesday at the town clerk’s office. “Not an ‘if,’ not a ‘maybe,’ but I’m in it to win it.”


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SDTC issues statement on Trump's executive order

The Stratford Democratic Town Committee is an open, welcoming and affirmative organization that strongly opposes the President's Executive Orders banning Muslims from entering the country. This policy runs counter to America's core ideals, and its history as a refuge to people from all countries and all faiths. We stand with our Muslim friends and support their legal entry into America. We stand firm that our Muslim friends should feel safe and welcomed in the Town of Stratford regardless of their country of origin.

- Stephanie Philips, Chairperson Stratford DTC

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Primary Hotline Ready to Assist Voters

The Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise W. Merrill and the State Elections Enforcement Commission (SEEC) are launching a primary day hotline to respond to any voter problems at the polls. The public can access the hotline by dialing 866-SEEC-INFO or emailing elections@ct.gov. The hotline and email address will be monitored throughout the day by SEEC and the Secretary of the State’s office.  

“We count on the public as much as we do election workers to report problems,” said Michael J. Brandi, executive director and general counsel of the State Elections Enforcement Commission.  “Anyone with knowledge of election fraud or voting rights abuses is encouraged to call to report suspected violations. We will have the phones fully staffed to answer questions, advise on complaint procedures and, if appropriate, request the assistance of state criminal or federal law enforcement authorities.”

Secretary Merrill said, “If you see something, say something. We can only respond to issues if you let us know us they are happening. If you have any problems on primary day, please don’t stay silent. Give us a call or send an email.”

Concerns may be reported anonymously, however, it is requested that callers identify the town and polling place where problems occurred in addition to as many details as possible. SEEC and the Secretary of the State’s staff will attend to the situation and find a solution in a timely manner. In addition to the email and telephone hotline, the Secretary of the State’s office and SEEC will hold two separate conference calls during primary day, Aug. 9, to share information about potential problems or complaints at the polls, and coordinate the appropriate response.

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Aug. 9 in a number of towns and cities for registered Republicans and Democrats. Voters should go to myvote.ct.govto confirm that they are registered to vote, locate their polling places and check what type of identification to bring with them to the polls.

 Written by HAN Network on August 8, 2016

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Philips Elected Chair

The 2016-2107 Town Committee elected its officers at a recent meeting in the Baldwin Center.  Long term Councilwoman Stephanie Philips defeated Richard Brown in a close race for the chairmanship.  Also elected as an uncontested slate were Harold Watson, Vice Chair, Diane Elias, Secretary and Ken Bishop Treasurer.

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