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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

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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.

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.

Witkos, LeGeyt to Host ‘Town Hall’ Meeting in Canton

Submitted Release 

Canton – Senator Kevin Witkos (R-8) and Representative Tim LeGeyt (R-17) are hosting a Town Hall Meeting in Canton on April 7, 2016 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Canton Community Center, Room F located at 40 Dyer Avenue, Canton.

The lawmakers will discuss the 2016 legislative session and open up the conversation to hear directly from constituents. The event is open to the public. Due to the possibility of being called into session, check www.SenatorWitkos.com or www.RepLeGeyt.com for any cancellations prior to the scheduled meeting date. For more information about the meeting contact Chris Diorio at 860-240-8801 or chris.diorio@cga.ct.gov.

Capitol Connection: State Spending Cap Needs Real Teeth

State Sen. Kevin Witkos.

State Sen. Kevin Witkos.

From the Office of State Senator Kevin Witkos

Connecticut is facing a financial crisis. With tax increase after tax increase followed by deficit after deficit we’re stuck in a cycle of bad policy and out of control budgeting.

To put our state back on right track we need to take major steps to budget better, spend smarter and find efficiencies.

One of the first steps we can take to change the direction of our state is to put in place an enforceable state spending cap. The state needs to live within its means. Just like any household budget, we need to manage our money while knowing our limits.

You may be thinking: doesn’t Connecticut already have a spending cap? … Continue Reading

Capitol Connection: Why We Deserve a ‘Right to Try’

State Sen. Kevin Witkos

State Sen. Kevin Witkos

From the Office of State Senator Kevin Witkos

When facing a life threatening disease, I don’t believe anyone or anything should stand in the way of treatment, even if that treatment is not the most obvious, popular or relied upon solution.

That’s why I’m cosponsoring a bill that would give people the “right to try” experimental drugs in the state of Connecticut.

Five states have “right to try” laws (Arizona, Colorado, Louisiana, Michigan and Missouri), and 24 states are debating similar legislation, including CT.

The proposed bill before the state legislature, H.B. No. 6709 An Act Concerning the Right to Try Experimental Drugs, would allow patients to receive treatment with an investigational drug, biological product or device once specific conditions are met. Investigational drugs and products are treatments that have completed phase 1 of a clinical trial, but have not yet completed the FDA approval. … Continue Reading

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