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Capitol Connection: Energizing the Spirit of Giving

State Sen. Kevin Witkos.

State Sen. Kevin Witkos.

From the Office of State Senator Kevin Witkos

The holiday season is officially here! It’s a time of celebration, appreciation and also an important time to give back to others.

While we all have much to be thankful for in this great country, poverty and hardship are still a sad part of everyday life for many. And when the holidays hit, and winter approaches, these issues are often brought to the forefront of the conversation. In each and every community there are people who need help, and there are also those who understand that and work very hard to give back. I am constantly inspired by the amazing individuals and non-profit organizations that dedicate themselves fully and completely to help others, especially in our own community. Now is the time of year to not only give back, but also to recognize those who do so on a daily basis. … Continue Reading

Capitol Connection: Support ‘Small Business Saturday’

State Sen. Kevin Witkos.

State Sen. Kevin Witkos.

From the Office of State Senator Kevin Witkos

Small businesses are the lifeblood of our communities, and supporting them is vital to supporting a healthy economy and way of life.

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2014 report, Connecticut has 329,307 small businesses that employ 710,034 people, or what was about half of the state’s private workforce in 2011. … Continue Reading

Witkos Re-Elected to Connecticut’s 8th Senate District Seat

Shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday, state Sen. Kevin Witkos (R-8) declared victory over Democratic challenger Melissa Osborne.

“I’m looking forward to the next two years as your state senator,” Witkos told supporters at Saybrook Fish House in Canton.

Reached by phone shortly after 9 p.m., Osborne agreed Witkos was the winner. … Continue Reading

Public Works Facility Fails at Canton Referendum

Photo by John Fitts

Photo by John Fitts

By John Fitts

The Proposal to bond $4.78 million for a new Public Works Facility and related costs at 325 Commerce Drive failed at referendum Tuesday by a vote of 2,515 to 1,806.

First Selectman Richard Barlow said he wanted to thank the Permanent Municipal Building Committee for working on the issue for so many years.

“On behalf of the Board of Selectmen, I’d like to thank the PMBC for all their hard work,” Barlow said.

He also said he’d wanted to “apologize to the public works employees for the inability to bring them an appropriate facility.”

He said the Board of Selectmen will confer with the PMBC and figure out the next steps. The PMBC meets Wednesday night.

Resident Lou Daniels was one resident who opposed the project and backed the concept of a combined fire station/public works facility at 51 River Road. That idea was not on the ballot but brought forward by a group of citizens several weeks before the election.

“The people spoke,” Daniels said. “I think this is a clear indication again that the site wasn’t right and the project wasn’t right.” … Continue Reading

Town Garage Dominates Local Political Discussions but Races Certain to Boost Participation On the Issue

For election day coverage visit http://cantoncompass.com/2014/140824/november-2014-election-coverage-canton/

By John Fitts 

The current Public Works Facility viewed from Old River Road parking lot.

The current Public Works Facility viewed from Old River Road parking lot.

There’s no doubt that debate over the proposed Public Works facility has largely dominated town politics over the past several weeks — at least in public discussions, letters to the editor, lawn signs, social media and web sites.

It’s the political races, however, including the 8th Senate District, governor, U.S Representative and others, that could result in a greater number weighing in on the garage issue. Some say the garage issue could even help boost participation in those races as well.

In May of 2013, town voters, by a tally of 814 to 454, defeated a proposal to bond up to $5.4 million for a garage and related site work and costs at 325 Commerce Drive. … Continue Reading

8th-District Candidates Offer Different Views of Incumbent’s Legislative Record

November 3, 2014 Politics, State Capitol No Comments
State Sen. Kevin Witkos, R-8, and Democratic Challenger Melissa Osborne at a recent Canton LWV Candidates Night.  Photo by John Fitts

State Sen. Kevin Witkos, R-8, and Democratic Challenger Melissa Osborne at a recent Canton LWV Candidates Night.
Photo by John Fitts

For election day coverage visit http://cantoncompass.com/2014/140824/november-2014-election-coverage-canton/

By John Fitts

The candidates for Connecticut’s 8th Senate District agree that the incumbent’s voting record is a key consideration in the race.

They, however, disagree on how that record is interpreted.

On Tuesday, voters will decide whether to return Republican Kevin Witkos to office or send Democrat Melissa Osborne to Hartford for the first time.

Osborne, who lives in Simsbury, has run her own Avon-based family law practice for six years. She’s also worked as a real estate attorney and as a judicial clerk in the New York State Court of Appeals. … Continue Reading

Images of Canton: November 2014 Sample Ballot

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Canton League of Women Voters 2014 Voters’ Guide Posted

The Canton League of Women Voters has posted its 2014 voting guide, available below. To view a full-sized version of the document, click the + arrow or download button (arrow) on the bottom of the box.

 

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Witkos, Osborne Talk About Issues During Candidates Night Forum

Republican state Senator Kevin Witkos and his Democratic challenger Melissa Osborne answered a series of questions at a Canton League of Women Voters sponsored forum Tuesday evening.

The league took questions from the audience and topics ranged from gun control, unfunded mandates, health care, jobs and the economy, mental health and more.

State Rep. Tim LeGeyt, who is running unopposed, also answered a series of questions.

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Letter to the Editor: Vote for Melissa Osborne

To the Editor:

The choice for 8th Senate District race could not be more clear. If it’s important to the people of our district, Mr. Witkos votes against it.

He voted against statewide healthcare, against minimum wage increases, against funding for veterans programs and against providing emergency contraception options to sexual assault victims. … Continue Reading

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