Maxwell ends bid for Congress

Saturday, May 07, 2016
Time: 9:07 AM

Well, that didn't last long...

Matt Maxwell of Newtown is ending his bid for the Republican nomination in the 5th Congressional District.

"I will remain active in Connecticut politics working to grow the party in the cities," Maxwell wrote in an email to supporters Thursday. "I am sure, I will be knocking at your door again in support of our party's local, state and federal candidates."

Maxwell, who purchaes and rehabilitates homes, was among a handful of candidates looking to challenge U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty in November. He said he'd be supporting Clay Cope, the first selectman in Sherman.


Maxwell had raised $4,462 in the first quarter of 2016, and lent his campaign $10,000. Other candidates seeking the party's nomination are Bill Stevens of Newtown and John Pistone of Brookfield.

Republicans will pick candidates for the five House districts and a challenger to U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal at their convention on Monday.

Bethel and Danbury polling locations selected for audit

Thursday, May 05, 2016
Time: 1:23 PM

Today, the Secretary of State office announced that Bethel's Bethel Municipal Center Districts 1 & 4 and Danbury's Sixth Ward polling locations have been randomly selected to have their Presidential primary voting results audited.


Secretary of the State Denise Merrill randomly selected voting precincts to have election results audited following the April 26 presidential preference primary. Ten percent of the polling places that use optical scan machines are subject to the audit, as prescribed by Connecticut General Statutes 9-320f. Those hand counted ballots will be matched against vote totals from optical scan machines.

Secretary Merrill said, “There is no acceptable margin for error in an election or primary. The public can be guaranteed that officials are taking every possible step to ensure the integrity of the vote and promote confidence in the process. We have trust in the machines and the results. However, we also require that these results be verified.”

There were 723 polling places that used optical scan machines on April 26 so the Secretary of the State chose 73 primary and 10 alternate locations.

The results of audits will be analyzed by the University of Connecticut, the Secretary of the State’s office and the State Elections Enforcement Commission, and then be made available to the public. The audit can start no earlier than May 11th and will be complete by June 3.

Connecticut boasts one of the strictest audit statutes in the country and was the first state in New England to require a comprehensive audit of primary results.


Ansonia: Ansonia Armory Ward 2

Avon: Roaring Brook School

Berlin: Hubbard School

Bethel: Bethel Municipal Center Districts 1 & 4

Branford: Indian Neck School - District 5

Bridgeport: Dunbar School 124-3

Bridgeport: J.F.K. Campus 124-2

Bridgeport: Luis Munoz Marin 128-2

Bridgeport: Park City Magnet 126-3

Bridgeport: Read Middle School 127-2

Cheshire: Cheshire High School - Dist. 1

Cheshire: Highland School - Voting Dist. 6

Danbury: Park Avenue School Gym - Ward 6

Darien: District 6 / 35 Leroy Ave.

Derby: Irving Elementary School Ward 2 Dist. 104/105

Durham: Korn School 3

East Granby: East Granby Community Center-1

East Haddam: Nathan Hale Ray High School

East Hampton: East Hampton Middle School

East Hartford: Hockanum School

East Haven: Overbrook School 4

East Haven: Woodview 5-S

Essex: Essex Town Hall 01

Farmington: Irving Robbins Middle School - District 1, Precinct 1

Farmington: Irving Robbins Middle School - District 1, Precinct 4

Greenwich: Central Middle School Dist. 8

Greenwich: Julian Curtiss School Dist. 1

Guilford: Melissa Jones School

Haddam: Haddam Neck Firehouse

Hartford: Batchelder School - 757 New Britain Ave - Voting District #15

Hartford: Bulkeley High School - 300 Wethersfield Ave - Voting District #19

Hartford: United Methodist Church - 571 Farmington Ave - Voting District #5

Manchester: Verplanck School

Meriden: Community Towers Area 1 PCT. 2

Meriden: Washington Middle School Area 2 PCT. 6

Middlebury: Shepardson Community Center 01

Middlebury: Shepardson Community Center 02

Middletown: Macdonough School-District 1

Middletown: Snow School-Gym District 8

Middletown: Wesley School-District 9

Montville: Mohegan Elementary School-5

New Britain: Graham Apartments District 5-2

New London: New London High School District 1

Newington: Martin Kellogg Middle School---District---7

Norwich: John M. Moriarty School

Norwich: Samuel Huntington School

Orange: High Plains Community Center District 3

Pomfret: The Pomfret Community School

Prospect: Prospect Firehouse

Scotland: Firehouse/Community Center

Shelton: Elizabeth Shelton School

Simsbury: Tootin Hill School

South Windsor: Phillip R. Smith School - Gym

South Windsor: Pleasant Valley School-Gym

Southbury: Center Fire House

Stamford: Our Lady Star of the Sea

Stamford: Salvation Army

Stonington: Stonington Fire House

Stratford: Lordship School 1st

Thomaston: Crescent Art Gallery

Tolland: Recreation Center Gym - 1

Torrington: City Hall-1

Torrington: Coe Park-1

Vernon: North East School

Waterbury: Washington Park Community House 75-2, SR

Waterbury: Wendell Cross School (3rd), 74-4

Waterbury: Willow Plaza Center 75-1, SR

West Hartford: Hall High School District 9

West Haven: John Prete Senior Housing Voting District 5

Westport: Greens Farms Elementary School Auditorium District 4

Windsor: Oliver Ellsworth School

Windsor: Poquonock School

Windsor Locks: Windsor Locks High School

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10.03.18 (PDF):
"Approval of Danbury Prospect Charter School"

10.30.20 (HatCityBLOG VID): Charter School discussion during 2020 interview with Julie Kushner

2018 (RADIO): WLAD
"State Board of Ed signs off on Danbury charter school proposal"

08.20 (VID): CT-LEAD
"Stand up for Education Justice" Rally

08.20.20 (OP-ED): KUSHNER: "Charter schools are not ‘magic bullet’ to improving Danbury schools"

09.13.20 (OP-ED): CHAPMAN
Candidate for state Senate supports charter school for Danbury

01.15.21 (VID): CT-LEAD
Danbury Prospect Charter School press conference

03.19.21 (OP-ED): CT MIRROR
"Danbury leaders do not want a charter school"

04.01.21 (OP-ED): CT-LEAD:
"Why did Sen. Kushner vote against us?"

05.06.21 (VID): Danbury rally to fully fund public schools

10.07.21 (VID): Danbury City-Wide PTO "Meet the Candidates" education forum

10.07.21 NEWSTIMES
Danbury candidates quarrel over charter school, education funding

01.10.22 NEWSTIMES
"New operator named for Danbury charter school: ‘I’m a huge advocate for parent choice’"

01.10.22 NEWSTIMES
"Some Danbury Democrats ‘open minded’ about charter school after new, CT operator named"

01.21.22 (OP-ED): CT MIRROR
"Lessons from Danbury: Ending the dual process for charter school approval"

02.09.22 NEWSTIMES
"Proposed Danbury charter school won’t open in 2022, governor leaves funding out of budget"

02.18.22 NEWSTIMES:
Danbury residents plead for charter school funds in 9-hour state budget hearing: ‘Just exhausted’

03.05.22 (LTE):
Time has come for Danbury charter school

03.12.22 (OP-ED): TAYLOR
"Why I am excited about the Danbury Charter School"

03.16.22 (LTE):
"Why a Danbury Charter School?"

04.02.22 CT EXAMINER:
"Crowding and a Lack of Options for Danbury Students, But No Agreement on Solutions"

04.04.22 (OP-ED): DCS
"Danbury Charter School plans debut"

04.07.22 (PODCAST): (CEA)

04.18.22 (VID): CT-LEAD
Protest press conference

04.25.22 (RADIO): WSHU
Latino group call on Connecticut lawmakers to open a Danbury charter school

06.03.22 (OP-ED): KUSHNER:
"Career Academy ‘a great deal for Danbury"

On September 26, 2007, ten plaintiffs filed suit in response to an arrest of aday laborers at a public park in Danbury, Connecticut. Plaintiffs amended their complaint on November 26, 2007.

The amended complaint states that plaintiffs sought to remedy the continued discriminatory and unauthorized enforcement of federal immigration laws against the Latino residents of the City of Danbury by Danbury's mayor and its police department.

Plaintiffs allege that the arrests violated their Fourth Amendment rights and the Connecticut Constitution because defendants conducted the arrests without valid warrants, in the absence of exigent circumstances, and without probable cause to believe that plaintiffs were engaged in unlawful activity. In addition, plaintiffs allege that defendants improperly stopped, detained, investigated, searched and arrested plaintiffs. Plaintiffs also allege that defendants violated their Fourteenth Amendment rights when they intentionally targeted plaintiffs, and arrested and detained them on the basis of their race, ethnicity and perceived national origin. Plaintiffs raise First Amendment, Due Process and tort claims.

Plaintiffs request declaratory relief, damages and attorneys fees.



Danbury Area Coalition for the Rights of Immigrants v.
U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security
3:06-cv-01992-RNC ( D. Conn. )

(02.25.08) Court docket

(10.24.07) Memorandum in Opposition to Defendant's Emergency Motion for Protective Order

(09.26.07) Press Release

(12.14.06) Complaint

Barrera v. Boughton, No. 07-01436
(D. Conn. filed Sept. 26, 2007)

(02.25.08) Court Docket

Amended complaint

Defendants' Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Subject Matter Jurisdiction

Defendants' Motion to Dismiss State Law Claims

Plaintiffs' Opposition to Motion to Dismiss

Order on Motion to Dismiss

Defendants' Answer to Amended Complaint

NEW HAVEN REGISTER: Immigrant's 2006 arrest was flawed Danbury mayor testifies

(10.05.07 (VIDEO) Boughton mislead the public about Danbury's involvement in raid

(09.18.07) Yale Law Students expose Danbury involvement in raid

(12.14.06) VIDEO: Interview with Yale Law Students at FOI presser

(12.14.06) VIDEO: Danbury 11 FOI complaint media roundup

City Clerk Jean Natale standing next to skinhead sparks outrage

(10.03.06) VIDEO: Danbury 11 rally

(09.29.06) VIDEO: Danbury 11 case deepens

Word of raid spread across the country

(09/29/06) VIDEO: Danbury 11 protest news conference

(09/29/06) Immigrant newspaper "El Canillita" gives best account of ICE day labor raid at Kennedy Park

trans_button Santos Family Story
VIDEO: Tereza Pereira's ordeal with ICE agents

VIDEO: Danbury Peace Coalition Immigration Forum (April 2006)
featuring Mayor Boughton and Immigration attorney Philip Berns

VIDEO: 2007 Stop the Raids immigration forum at WCSU

2007: Community protest anti-immigration forum

A tribute to Hispanic Center Director and immigrant activist Maria Cinta Lowe



11.15.23 Recanvass return
(Head Moderator Return Format)

11.07.23: Election night returns
(Head Moderator Return Format)

11.07.23: Initial returns

Oct 10 2022
Jan 10 2023
Apr 10 2023
Jul 10 2023
Oct 10 2023

Apr 10 2023
Jul 10 2023
Oct 10 2023

Dem/GOP slate/ballot position

VIDEO: DRTC convention
VIDEO: DDTC conveniton


(VID) DDTC nomination convention
(PDF) DDTC campaign slate flyer

(VID) DRTC nomination convention
(PDF) DRTC campaign slate flyer

(VID) 2021 Danbury City-Wide PTO educational forum

First quarter
Alves Apr 10th SEEC filing

Second quarter
Alves Jul 10th SEEC filing
Esposito Jul 10th SEEC filing

Third quarter
Alves Oct 12th SEEC report
Esposito Oct 12th SEEC report

Alves "Jan 6th" attack mailer 10.21.21
Esposito "you can't trust Alves" attack mailer 10.20.21
Alves mailer 10.20.21
Alves mailer 09.30.21
Esposito mailer 09.28.21
Alves mailer 09.27.21
Esposito mailer 09.27.21


Danbury 2005 election results
Newstimes Dean Esposito profile (10.25.05)

Danbury 2007 election results
(VID) Helana Abrantes TV ad
(VID) BRT tax deferral presser
(VID) Helena Abrantes "Community Forum" interview

Danbury 2009 election results
(VID) 2009 Danbury City-Wide PTO educational forum
(VID) 2009 Danbury Chamber of Commerce mayoral debate
(VID) 2009 DDTC nomination convention

Danbury 2011 election results
(VID) Saadi/Nero campaign kickoff

Danbury 2013 election results
(VID) 2013 DDTC nominaiton convention

Danbury 2015 election results

Danbury 2017 election results
(VID) Al Almeida concession speech
(VID) 2017 Danbury City-Wide PTO educational forum
(VID) Al Almeida nomination acceptance speech

Danbury 2019 election results
(VID) 2019 NewsTimes Editorial Board interview with Mark Boughton and Chris Setaro
(VID) 2019 Danbury City-Wide PTO educational forum
(VID) 2019 Danbury Chamber of Commerce mayoral debate
(VID) 2019 convention endorsement speeches from Mark Boughton and Chris Setaro