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Welcome to
Redding Democrats

The Redding DTC is the official local organization
of the Connecticut Democratic Party.

 
 
 

Our Platform

• Elect great candidates for local, state and federal offices.
• Support responsible town budgets and fiscal policy
• Be responsible stewards of our land, water and air.
• Raise money to support our candidates for election.
• Welcome new residents to Redding!

 

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A MESSAGE FROM MIKE D’AGOSTINO, DTC CHAIR

     Our world drastically changed several months ago. The challenges we now face will have a lasting influence on our lives and our community. Please continue to remain safe and healthy, and do all you can to look out for each other.     
     The COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating. Nearly 100,000 Americans have lost their lives to the virus and thousands more have died across the world. We in Redding feel this loss, too. Many have suffered the loss of a friend or loved one. Other families face different losses, trying to persevere through challenging times with fewer resources or reduced incomes. The collateral effects of this pandemic have tested our patience, our compassion, and our willpower.     
     But, that which fails to divide us, helps brings us closer together as a community.      
     My grandparents raised their family in Stamford, CT, amidst the large Italian community on the west side. Whenever I would go to visit my grandmother, people would bring over vegetables from their gardens, come over for a cup of coffee, or just stop by to share the latest news of the neighborhood. I remember asking my dad why my grandparents knew everyone, and had such great neighbors. My father said, “During the tough times of the Great Depression, everyone helped each other and people never forget that.”      
     The past few months have proved my father was right. We have seen an outpouring of generosity and kindness that we will never forget. Our essential workforce and emergency/medical professionals continue to be our frontline heroes, risking potential exposure to help the community stay safe and healthy. Residents have sent countless emails, looking to donate funding to the CT Food Bank or Redding Food Pantry.      
     We will get through this difficult time together. It may be hard to believe now, but one day our children will go back to school, our community will gather on the Town Green to light the Holiday Tree, and we will hug each other to celebrate our successes.
     Most importantly, we will remember the respect and kindness we gave to one another during this time.     
     If we remain strong and resilient, we will overcome these challenges, and our actions will have a lasting effect that helps bring our community together.
 
     Mike D’Agostino, Redding DTC Chair, May 26th 2020
 
     Mike can be reached at mdags@aol.com     
 
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Good News for Voters!

Connecticut voters will be allowed to cast mail-in ballots for the presidential primary. ihttps://www.courant.com/coronavirus/hc-news-coronavirus-primary-election-absentee-ballots-order-20200520-qvrqzkcqmveednqqhvcxup7fbu-story.html

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Redding Democrats

A beautifully written statement by Robert Redford:

“I have a lot of vivid memories of growing up in Los Angeles in the 1940s, but one in particular keeps coming back to me today, in these troubled times. I remember sitting with my parents -- actually, my parents were sitting; I was lying on the floor, the way kids do -- and listening to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt talking to us over the radio. He was talking to the nation, of course, not just to us, but it sure felt that way. He was personal and informal, like he was right there in our living room.

I was too young to follow much of what he was saying -- something about World War II. But what I did understand was that this was a man who cared about our well-being. I felt calmed by his voice. It was a voice of authority and, at the same time, empathy. Americans were facing a common enemy -- fascism -- and FDR gave us the sense that we were all in it together. Even kids like me had a role to play: participating in paper drives, collecting scrap metal, doing whatever we could do. That's what it was like to have a president with a strong moral compass. It guided him, gave him direction, and helped him point the nation toward a better future.

Maybe this strikes you as simple nostalgia. I've got a touch of that, sure (who doesn't right now?). But I'm too focused on the future to sit around pining for the old days. For me, the power of FDR's example is what it says about the kind of leadership America needs -- and can have again, if we choose it.

But one thing is clear: Instead of a moral compass in the Oval Office, there's a moral vacuum. Instead of a president who says we're all in it together, we have a president who's in it for himself. Instead of words that uplift and unite, we hear words that inflame and divide. When someone retweets (and then deletes) a video of a supporter shouting "white power" or calls journalists "enemies of the state," when he turns a lifesaving mask against contagion into a weapon in a culture war, when he orders the police and the military to tear gas peaceful protestors so he can wave a Bible at the cameras, he sacrifices -- again and again -- any claim to moral authority.

Another four years of this would degrade our country beyond repair. The toll it's taking is almost biblical: fires and floods, a literal plague upon the land, an eruption of hatred that's being summoned and harnessed, by a leader with no conscience or shame. Four more years would accelerate our slide toward autocracy. It would be taken as free license to punish more so-called "traitors" and wage more petty vendettas -- with the full weight of the Justice Department behind them. Four more years would mean open season on our environmental laws. The assault has been ongoing -- it started with abandoning the historic agreement that the world made in Paris to combat climate change, and continued, just last month, with using the pandemic as cover to let industries pollute as they see fit. Four more years would bring untold damage to our planet -- our home.

America is still a world power. But in the past four years, it has lost its place as a world leader. A second term would embolden enemies and further weaken our standing with our friends.

When and how did the United States of America become the Divided States of America? Polarization, of course, has deep roots and many sources. President Donald Trump didn't create all of our divisions as Americans. But he has found every fault line in America and wrenched them wide open.

Without a moral compass in the Oval Office, our country is dangerously adrift. But this November, we can choose another direction. This November, unity and empathy are on the ballot. Experience and intelligence are on the ballot. Joe Biden is on the ballot, and I'm confident he will bring these qualities back to White House.

I don't make a practice of publicly announcing my vote. But this election year is different. And I believe Biden was made for this moment. Biden leads with his heart. I don't mean that in a soft and sentimental way. I'm talking about a fierce compassion -- the kind that fuels him, that drives him to fight against racial and economic injustice, that won't let him rest while people are struggling.

As FDR showed, empathy and ethics are not signs of weakness. They're signs of strength. I think Americans are coming back to that view. Despite Trump -- despite his daily efforts to divide us -- I see much of the country beginning to reunite again, the way it did when I was a kid. You can see it in the peaceful protests of the past several weeks -- Americans of all races and classes coming together to fight against racism. You can see it the ways that communities are pulling together in the face of this pandemic, even if the White House has left them to fend for themselves.

These acts of compassion and kindness make our country stronger. This November, we have a chance to make it stronger still -- by choosing a president who is consistent with our values, and whose moral compass points toward justice."

- Robert Redford, July 8, 2020
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CAMPAIGN FOR DEMOCRATS!

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First, the Bad News: With Trump at the top of the ballot this November, we need to ensure that our local Democrats in the CT General Assembly win their re-elections and continue to protect our health, schools, jobs, and safety here in Connecticut. Every vote is needed when elections are too often won at the margins and so much is at stake.Now, the Good News: Even with the COVID-19 pandemic continuing, there are virtual, contact-free options to…

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A Juneteenth statement from the Redding Democrats. Black Lives Matter.

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The ongoing use of excessive force against Black Americans has reawakened our social conscience.   At this moment in time, we must do all we can to effect real change in order to address the fears and hardships of over forty million Americans; citizens who have suffered generational biases and mistreatment based solely on the color of their skin. We must lobby for systemic reform to eliminate discrimination, racial profiling, and the unfair treatment of…

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Elected Officials

There are currently 28 democrats that hold elected office in Redding. If you are interested in serving on a board or commission, please contact us. View a listing of the current Redding DTC members and elected officials.

DTC MEMBERS

The Redding DTC:

  • Nominates candidates for office.
  • Recruits and recommends appointees to town boards and commissions.
  • Organizes campaigning in Redding on behalf of all Democratic candidates.
  • Ensures that our party’s values and positions are a vital part of the governance of the town, state and nation.

Register to Vote!

Get voter registration information and absentee ballots from Michele Grande, Redding’s Town Clerk. Get information on upcoming town meetings and calendars here.

VOTER INFORMATION

Meet your elected officials! 

Julia Pemberton

First Selectman

Margaret (Peg) O'Donnell

Board of Selectman

Scott Smith

Zoning Board of Appeals

Michele Grande

Town Clerk

Gwen Denny

Region 9 Board of Education

Tobey Welles

Planning Commission