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#TBT: "I'm done with moments of silences, I'm done with lighting candles..."

Thursday, November 03, 2016
Time: 4:48 PM

Yours truly, June 2016:

As a former PROUD former resident of Sandy Hook who will NEVER EVER FORGET live blogging on the events on that horrific day in 2012, I simply can not respect ANY politicians who represents Newtown that does not agree with the notion that the country needs some level of REASONABLE gun control legislation.

If you're as mad as hell over Congress' inaction on gun control, then DO NOT SUPPORT candidates who reject REASONABLE gun control legislation on the Federal and State level. On the state level, in the 2nd district (which covers portions of Newtown), the choice is clear.

A challenge in representing the 2nd District is that it covers four towns — most of Bethel and parts of Danbury, Newtown and Redding. The seat is open after state Rep. Dan Carter, a Republican who had it for three terms, decided to run for the U.S. Senate.

Raghib Allie-Brennan, a Democrat, can best represent the sprawling district and we endorse him in this race.


Allie-Brennan, 25, was on the Bethel Inland Wetlands Commission, but gained his most experience as a legislative aid to two Congresswomen in Washington. Working in the minority party, he learned how to work in a bipartisan fashion. He does not intend to toe the party line.

The issue that separates the two candidates the greatest is gun violence prevention. Duff called the state’s post-Sandy Hook legislation “draconian;” Allie-Brennan would be a “strong gun safety” advocate.


Allie-Brennan promises to bring “new energy and ideas to Hartford.” He should be given the chance.

In the state's 106 district (which also covers Newtown) the choice is also a no-brainer...

Eva Bermudez Zimmerman, a 29-year-old community organizer who has lived in Newtown seven years, also understands the unique needs of the Newtown community and would continue the advocacy.


We would like to give Bermudez Zimmerman, a former Bernie Sanders supporter who has served one term on the Newtown Legislative Council, the chance to represent the community in Hartford. Unlike many first-time state candidates, she can talk about tax policy reform in detail. She promises to stand up to Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

The differences between the candidates are sharply defined along party lines, with the exception of gun violence prevention, which Bolinsky has supported. We appreciate his stand and his service.

We endorse Eva Bermudez Zimmerman to represent Newtown in the 106th District.

Food for thought when you cast your vote next Tuesday!

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