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Election Day 2016: Town Public Works Facility Plan Approved

By John Fitts 

By a tally of 3,219 to 2,550, Canton voters approved the proposal to build a $3.825 million Public Works facility at the present 50 Old River Road site near the Farmington River.

The plan had been a controversial, and often polarizing one in town, and two Political Action Committees, Not on Our River and Canton GOES (Garage on Existing Site) had formed around the issue.

The proposal was a 14,100 square-foot facility, salt shed and new fueling station at 50 Old River Road, where the town’s current, approximate 600-square foot Public Works garage sits today.

The town has struggled with the issue for years. In 2010, voters rejected a plan to purchase property at 5 Cherry Brook Road for $900,000. Two years later a $6 million plus plan for that property never made it to referendum after property appraisals came in well below the purchase price for the parcel. In May of 2013 and November of 2014, rejected $5.4. million and $4.78 million plans for a facility at 325 Commerce Drive.

This project was also controversial. Some called it a sound economic proposal that would provide safer work conditions and further protection for the river. Opponents said it is a negative for the river to keep the garage at the site, diminishes recreational opportunities and was too much of a compromise and negated all possibility of future expansion. … Continue Reading

Canton Candidates’ Forum Available On Demand

Submitted Release 

For those that missed the Canton Candidates’ Forum, you can watch it on Nutmeg TV or stream it on-demand. The October 18 Candidates’ Forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of Canton will be aired on Nutmeg TV on Tuesday, November 1 at 8 p.m. For Comcast subscribers, the program will be on Channel 95; for Frontier subscribers, Channel 99 then choose Nutmeg TV Education Channel. Use the following link to stream the video on demand:

http://nutmegtv.org/video-on-demand/single/?id=33925

 

Candidates Talk about Issues at LWV Candidates’ Forum

By John Fitts 

CANTON – In a generally amicable but occasionally tense event, local candidates for the state legislature answered a variety of questions at a League of Women Voters of Canton forum on Tuesday evening.

Republican state Sen. Kevin Witkos, his challenger, David Peña of Avon and Republican state Rep.Tim LeGeyt, who is unopposed, answered the same set of audience questions, particularly focusing on the state economic climate, retaining businesses and young people and public infrastructure. … Continue Reading

Reminder: LWV of Canton to Host 2016 Candidates’ Forum Tuesday Night

Submitted Release 

With its mission to promote informed voting, the League of Women Voters of Canton will again host Candidates’ Forum on Tuesday, Oct. 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Canton High School, 76 Simonds Ave. The event will feature candidates who seek to represent Canton in the November 8 elections for the Connecticut House and Senate. Senator Kevin Witkos (R) and his Democratic opponent, David Pena, will attend, along with Representative Tim LeGeyt (R) who is running unopposed. Candidates for the U.S. House of Representative and U.S Senate have been invited. Candidates will make presentations and answer questions from the League of Women Voters and the audience.

Canton League of Women Voters Releases 2016 Voting Guide

The League of Women Voters of Canton has published its 2016 Voters Guide with questions for candidates looking to represent Canton in the state legislature. Those running include Canton resident and  incumbent state senator Kevin Witkos, a Republican, and his Democratic challenger David Peña of Avon. Additionally, state Rep. Tim LeGeyt, who is running unopposed has responded to the questions. See the guide below.

Additionally the league will host a Candidates forum on Tuesday, October 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Canton High School, 76 Simonds Ave. featuring the candidates for the Nov. 8 election.

In addition to three above candidates, those from the U.S. House of Representative and U.S Senate have been invited.

See more about the league at http://lwvcanton.org

LWV of Canton to Host 2016 Candidates’ Forum

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With its mission to promote informed voting, the League of Women Voters of Canton will again host Candidates’ Forum on Tuesday, Oct. 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Canton High School, 76 Simonds Ave. The event will feature candidates who seek to represent Canton in the November 8 elections for the Connecticut House and Senate. Senator Kevin Witkos (R) and his Democratic opponent, David Pena, will attend, along with Representative Tim LeGeyt (R) who is running unopposed. Candidates for the U.S. House of Representative and U.S Senate have been invited. Candidates will make presentations and answer questions from the League of Women Voters and the audience. … Continue Reading

Senator Kevin Witkos receives endorsement of the Independent Party of Connecticut

Kevin Witkos

Kevin Witkos

Danbury – The Independent Party of Connecticut unanimously endorsed Senator Kevin Witkos at their convention on Aug. 23, according to a submitted release from the Witkos campaign.  The Independent Party of Connecticut is the third largest political party in Connecticut.

“It is an honor and privilege to receive the Independent Party’s nomination,” Witkos stated via the release. “I have always been an independent thinker and strive to make my decisions based on what is best for the families and residents of the towns in the 8th district, rather than party politics.  In these days of intense partisan bickering, I always strive to bring both parties together to find solutions for our state.”

Witkos is seeking re-election to his 5th term representing the 8th state Senate district which includes Avon, Barkhamsted, Canton, Colebrook, Harwinton, Hartland, Granby, New Hartford, Norfolk, Simsbury and Torrington.

He is being challenged by Avon Democrat David Pena.

Sanders, Trump Win Favor with Voters in Canton

April 26, 2016 Politics No Comments
Voting in Tuesday's primary took place in the upper level of the Community Center. Photo by John Fitts

Voting in Tuesday’s primary took place in the upper level of the Community Center.
Photo by John Fitts

By John Fitts 

Democrat Bernie Sanders and Republican Donald Trump were the favorites among Canton voters in Tuesday’s primary.

Unofficial Results were as follows:

Democrats:
Roque “Rocky” DeLaFuente=6
Hillary Clinton=540
Bernie Sanders=674
Uncommitted=22

Republicans:
Ted Cruz=142
Ben Carson=23
Donald Trump=595
John Kasich=362
Uncommitted=8

Voter turnout was as follows:

Democrats =1,242, 54 percent of 2,308 registered
Republicans=1,130, 51 percent of 2,226 registered

Overall voter turnout in Canton was 52 percent, in line with what officials had expected. Earlier in the day, election officials reported a steady, but not overwhelming stream of voters.  … Continue Reading

Canton Democrats, Republicans to Vote at Community Center for Tuesday’s Primary

April 25, 2016 Politics No Comments

Screen Shot 2016-04-25 at 1.00.06 PMBy John Fitts

Polls are open at the Canton Community Center from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday for the state’s Democratic and Republican primaries.

Election officials are expecting a fair amount of activity for what’s been a race with a lot of contention and related media frenzy.

“There’s definitely a lot of interest in this primary,” said Lynn Homan, Canton’s Democratic Registrar of Voters.

As of Monday, Republican voters in Canton totaled 2,223 or 30.8 percent of the town’s 7,199 registered voters. Democrats claimed 32 percent of that total,  with a number of 2,307.

From March 1 through Monday, the town received 211 voter updates, said Republican Registrar Jack Miner.

“In the last two weeks, the majority has been people joining the Democratic party,” Miner said.

Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders certainly attracted a lot of those voters, Miner said.

However, there were some unaffiliated voters enrolling in the Republican party as late as Monday prior to the in-person deadline, with many sounding support for Donald J. Trump, officials said. There were also a handful of new voters, mostly residents who had moved from another town. … Continue Reading

Canton Police Officers to Carry ‘Narcan’

April 8, 2016 Community, Politics No Comments

Submitted Release 

The Canton Police Department is taking a proactive step in response to the state seeing an alarming increase in heroin and opioid overdoses. On April 11, 2016 all Canton Police Officers will be equipped with Naloxone otherwise known as “Narcan”. Narcan is a prescription medication that reverses an opioid overdose, regardless of whether that opioid is a street drug like heroin, or a prescription drug like oxycontin, vicodin, or percocet.

Narcan is available in different forms. The most common types are an injection and an intranasal mist. The Canton Police Officers have been trained on the intranasal application version of Narcan and they are authorized under the sponsorship of the John Dempsey Hospital medical control program to carry it.

“The sooner Canton Police Officers or other town emergency first responders can intervene to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, including heroin or prescription drugs, the better chance they have to save a life,” said Police Chief Christopher Arciero.  … Continue Reading

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