Monday, December 11, 2023



Voter Registration Deadlines Set

The deadline for mail-in, voter registration and online registration is Tuesday, Oct. 30, Registrars of Voters Marla Cowden and Kevin White announced today.

Online registration is available at

The in-person, registration deadline for those who recently moved to Westport, turned 18, achieved citizenship or are a member or family member of one in the Armed Services is Monday, Nov. 5, registrars said. The registrars’ office will be open Monday through Friday, except holidays, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to facilitate, officials said.

For further information, call (203) 341-1115 or visit the voter registration page at

Himes Uses War Chest to Help Other Dems, Arora Raises Less Than $9k Over Summer

By Ana Radelat

Washington – Democratic Rep. Jim Himes is spending more money on the races of other Democratic candidates than he is on his own, while his Republican challenger Harry Arora, raised less than $9,000 in campaign cash this summer.

According to the latest filings with the Federal Elections Commission, Himes has raised about $2.5 million in his bid for a seventh term in the U.S. House of Representatives, about $255,000 of that amount in the last quarter.

Arora’s campaign has raised about $230,000 so far, and the candidate has loaned his campaign another $500,000. But the hedge fund manager from Greenwich reported raising only $8,536 in the three-month period that ended Sept. 30.

The Himes campaign reported spending $174,000 on operating costs in the last quarter and another $400,000 in contributions to more than 70 Democratic U.S. House candidates. It also made a $250,000 payment to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Staples Debate Monday Features State Rep Candidates

State Rep. Jonathan Steinberg, the Democratic incumbent in the 136th District, and Republican challenger Greg Kraut will face off Monday in a debate at Staples High School.

Sponsor is the school’s Focus Now Speaker Series. It will take place in the auditorium from 10:45 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. and broadcast live on WWPT 90.3 FM.

“We want to encourage students to understand the community politics and the upcoming election,” said Sam Lampert, series president.

Moderators are Ben Sturner, CEO of Leverage Agency, and John Goldman, director at Venzia FC and president of JRG Business Solutions Corp.

Young People Lead CT Voter Surge

By Ana Radelat

Following a national trend, voter registration continues to soar in Connecticut, especially among young people, who traditionally have weak participation in elections.

According to data from the Connecticut Secretary of State’s office, from the 2016 election through the end of September, 103,436 new voters registered as Democrats, compared to 53,371 who registered as Republicans. But many more Connecticut residents — 168,090 — registered as unaffiliated voters.

Although voter registration in Connecticut has surged for all age groups, the biggest increase is among young voters, aged 18 to 25.

In the last midterm cycle, as of Oct. 10, 2014, only 7,960 Connecticut residents in that age bracket had registered to vote. As of Oct. 10 of this year, 51,659 young voters had registered.

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More than 100 persons today attended an economic-oriented debate organized by the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce involving four state legislative candidates at Branson Hall, Christ & Holy Trinity Church. The topics mainly focused on transportation, infrastructure, and the pension and deficits economic challenges. Among the four candidates, the only two opposing each other were in the 136th Assembly District—Westport residents Republican challenger Greg Kraut and Democrat incumbent Jonathan Steinberg. They repeatedly engaged in a contentious back and forth, each accusing the other of not being truthful in their campaign rhetoric. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Chamber Hosts Candidate Debate Wednesday

The Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce Wednesday hosts a candidate debate for State Senate and House of Representatives.

The discussion about business issues will take place at Branson Hall, Christ & Holy Trinity Church from noon to 1:30 p.m.

The Westport candidates attending are Will Haskell, Democratic challenger for the Senate 26th District, Greg Kraut, Republican challenger for House 136th, Gail Lavielle, Republican incumbent for House 143rd, and Jonathan Steinberg, Democratic incumbent for House 136th.

The session will be moderated by Alternative Disputes Resolution Attorney Jay Sandak, from the law firm of Carmody, Torrance, Sandak and Hennessey.

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Town Clerk Patricia Strauss announced today that absentee ballots for the Nov. 6 election are now available at her office. (Closed Monday for Columbus Day) Applications can be requested in person, by calling (203) 341-1110, or downloading a form online HERE. Deputy Town Clerk Ruth Cavayero (above) said 432 absentee ballots have been distributed as of today. “It was more brisk than usual for similar types of elections,” she said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for