East Haven Democrats Open 2012 Campaign Headquarters

East Haven Democratic Town Committee members gathered together this week to open the doors on their 2012 campaign office on Foxon Road.

With both national political conventions now over, the race toward has shifted into high gear.

And East Haven Democrats launched their 2012 election campaign with the opening of their new campaign headquarters on Wednesday.

New Headquarters

The office, which sits in a small plaza at 164 Foxon Road, will be open Monday to Thursday from noon to 8 p.m., according to East Haven Democratic Town Committee Chairman .

Ruocco said residents can pick up campaign signs at the new HQ, as well as absentee ballots.

The committee is also looking for volunteers to work the campaign's phones, as well as help "knock on doors" as candidates canvass East Haven neighborhoods this fall.

Those interested in volunteering, can call Ruocco at 203-507-6435 or email the committee at DTCEastHaven@gmail.com.

Meet the Candidates

At Wednesday's opening, the committee introduced their candidates on the ballto this fall for the General Assembly.

The event — sponsored by the — featured incumbent State Representative (D-East Haven), seeking re-election in the 99th Assembly District, State Representative Roland Lemar (D-96th District), also running for re-election, and , a candidate for state senate in the 34th District.

The candidates met with supporters at the headquarters opening, and pledged to reach out to voters and to work together during the upcoming campaign.

'We're All in This Together'

Albis, an East Haven native who will face off against Republican challenger and fellow native in November, said the Democrats are ready to work together for a successful campaign.

“At the Democratic National Convention, former President Clinton said something that stuck with me: 'we're all in this together' is a far better philosophy than 'you're on your own,'" Albis said. “Steve Fontana, Roland Lemar and I will fight for the people of East Haven because 'we're all in this together' is a philosophy that we believe in and will carry with us to victory in November.”

'Excited to Work' for East Haven

Lemar — who is running unopposed in this fall's election — said, , he is excited for the opportunity to represent East Haven for the first time starting this fall.

"While I will be new to representing East Haven next year, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work hard on behalf of the community's neighbors and businesses, to fight for our schools, for job growth in our region and greater economic opportunity for all our residents," Lemar said. "I am excited to work with the East Haven DTC and with strong public servants like James Albis and Steve Fontana.”

'Working with them to Victory'

State Senate candidate Fontana thanked Ruocco and the town committee for making the East Haven headquarters available.

This fall Fontana, a North Haven resident, is seeking to unseat longtime Republican state .

 “Having a coordinated effort here will help get our message out to the voters," Fontana said. "I’m really pleased to be working with State Representatives Albis and Lemar and am looking forward to working with them to victory.”

'Terrific Candidates'

Ruocco welcomed the candidates and supporters to the headquarter’s opening.

“We have terrific candidates running for the General Assembly ready to meet the voters and answer their questions and listen to their concerns," Ruocco said. "I hope our residents will come and visit our headquarters and we welcome volunteers willing to support and help our fine candidates.”

Richard Poulton September 14, 2012 at 11:57 AM
My comment has aimed at the DTC or those running for office. My comment is aimed at what those on the Patch who have commented over & over that those in the Maturo administration, past & present, have lined the pockets of their freinds with special deals, contracts, and so on. With that I will ask these same people to check on the ownership of this property and ask one question - is it being donated or rented to the DTC. I know who the owner and if one checks you will see a connection. Again, this is not about Mr. Ruocco or his party. It's aimed at certain Patch writers.
Richard Poulton September 14, 2012 at 11:59 AM
Sorry, not enough coffee yet. That first line should read comment NOT aimed at the DTC. Going for another cup. BRB.
Anthony M September 14, 2012 at 12:17 PM
Way to dress up for the occasion Josey.
Pinky Ring September 14, 2012 at 12:47 PM
That's the place where I used to drop off my foot ball slips.
Flowers September 14, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Who's the Hawaiian Guy? (The word Hawaiian contains four vowels in a row)
CAjones September 14, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Flowers, did you put this statement on the "wrong thread?".... 9:38 am on Friday, September 14, 2012 "Hey. A bunch of dogs won America's got talent. What's with that?"
Flowers September 14, 2012 at 01:47 PM
That statement seems to fit on almost every thread.
Bob Fawkes September 14, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Bob Fawkes September 14, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Mr. Poulton, are you referring to me? The property in question (164 Foxon Road) is owned by one Frank Capone. There is a Frank Capone who posts here on the Patch. I'm not sure if this is the same person or not, but if it is, perhaps Mr. Capone could respond to your questions regarding the rental/lease/donation of the space on 164 Foxon Road to the DTC. One less empty storefront in town can't be a bad thing as far as I can tell. Mr. Ruocco, please go down to Attilio's and get yourself properly fitted in a suit. You look like you stepped out of some Tiki bar.
Bob Fawkes September 14, 2012 at 03:04 PM
I heard that the Independent Social Club on Wooster Street was where the real action was at. What's the line on the Steelers/Jets game this week?
Patrick Madley September 14, 2012 at 04:29 PM
I give up trying to change everyone's opinion, haha. But I have to say I love reading some comments from you guys. You all make me laugh! And I'm not being snarky or sarcastic.
CAjones September 14, 2012 at 04:43 PM
you're not being "snarky or sarcastic" Patrick?.....That's too bad, Because we were! Happy you got a laugh, have a good weekend.
Patrick Madley September 14, 2012 at 04:49 PM
CAjones, although we don't agree on many things, you are one funny person! Haha. And I mean that. Have a great weekend yourself!
Richard Poulton September 14, 2012 at 04:49 PM
No JA, not to you. Just a reminder that this goes both ways. As some have commented on, follow the money, favors, etc., that comes with politics. It just not the (R's) that take care of friends, etc when it comes to returning political favors. That's all I was referring too.
Bob Fawkes September 14, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Laughter is the best medicine Patrick. Enjoy your weekend.
ASmith September 14, 2012 at 06:01 PM
well first off, think the democrats can spend their money however they like. its how our town TAX DOLLARS get spent that i cares about. dont think our town tax dollars is a payin the rent on this piece. so dont know what they would be makin an issue to begin with. sure the reps do the same thing, do business with friends and supporters. sure if ya look at the financials filed with elections comm, you find that all the vendors used by both parties are friends and supporters, thats the name of the game. next, mr. gene is retired. if he wants to look like he jes stepped off a cruise ship, well good for em. sure many of the joksters are jes mad cause they not retired and gots to still punch the clock. hope after this picture he went down to the beach and had hisself a nice lobster roll and brewski. folks should enjoy their retirement. lifes too short. and i am mighty glad those puppies won americas got talent. they were great. made me smile. think the albis kid is gonna win, the skinny guy is gonna lose and dont know who the other guy is.
CAjones September 14, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Well, now that we all "know's" what you thinks.....we can enjoy our weekend. jes likes we's retired for two hole days......... jagoff.
ASmith September 15, 2012 at 01:57 AM
dont worry cajones some day yall will like your life. i keep hopin for ya. maybe buy one of them lottery tickets and yall get lucky.


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