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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Terry Backer Dinner 2017

buy_tickets_button.pngThe Stratford Democratic Town Committee (SDTC) will honor Richard Brown, Anna Scala and Harold Watson at this year’s annual Terry Backer Dinner on Sunday, April 30, at 12:00 p.m. at the Blue Goose Restaurant in Stratford. The sit-down dinner costs $40.00/ person. Journal ads begin at $25.00.TerryBacker_(Mobile).jpg

2017 Honorees

Richard Brown -
Stratford Democratic Lifetime Achievement Award

Anna Scala -
Robert Galello Outstanding Service Award

Harold Watson -
Democrat of the Year


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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 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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