Ken Gucker is running for a third term as State Representative in the 138th district and is locked in a hotly contested re-election campaign against challenger Rachel Chaleski.
The two-term State Rep. is no stranger to campaigns as he's been a fixture in local politics since Ned Lamont's run for Senate in 2006 and is well-known for his consistent work ethic. From speaking out on developmental, educational, and quality of life issues in the city, to his history of assisting his residents with their concerns, Gucker's resume of activism in Greater Danbury is well-documented and is indisputable.
Like the 24th State Senate district, Republicans are hoping that they can return the State Rep. seat back to the hands of the GOP after losing the former stronghold district to the Democrats in 2018. The district has changed due to redrawing of the district, which makes the Democratic Party's job of defending the seat a bit easier but area pundits still consider this State Rep. race the best chance to capture a seat and change the make-up of the state delegation.
Here's video footage of Gucker's nomination, which includes a passionate speech from Gucker's long-time friend and former city council candidate Dennis Perkins and NAACP chairperson Glenda Armstrong.
As a bonus, I've included footage from one of Gucker's earliest appearances in front of the town committee for the Danbury Democrats exactly 16 years to the month of his nomination.
NOTE: You can watch State Rep. Gucker's most recent TV interview with foemer BOE member Richard Janelli's show, "The World According to Mr. J." by clicking here.
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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.