Meet the 2019 Municipal Democratic Candidates

On Thursday, July 18, the Guilford Democrats voted to officially nominate our candidates for the upcoming municipal election.

“I am very excited about the slate of candidates for the 2019 election. They all bring a vast amount of experience and perspective to each of the boards they are running for. Guilford will be well served by these candidates. I hope people will join me in voting for them this November 5th,” said Veronica Wallace, Chair of the Democratic Town Committee.

The candidates are:
Katie Balestracci (Board of Ed)
Richard Hersh (Board of Ed)
John DellaVentura (Board of Ed)
Mike Ayles (Board of Finance)
Meghan Scanlon (Board of Finance) 
Brian Wiley (Board of Assessment Appeals)

Guilford Tops State in Large Town Voter Turnout In 2018 Election

Reporting from the Guilford Patch:

Four Connecticut towns, including Guilford, earned the coveted Democracy Cup, which is awarded to cities that saw the highest voter turnout in the state in the 2018 mid-term election.

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill will present titles in four categories based on town size—small, mid-sized, large, and city. The winners were Washington (small), Granby (mid-sized), Guilford (large) and West Hartford (city).

“Record breaking voter registration was followed by record breaking voter turnout in Connecticut!” said Secretary Merrill. “Our democracy is healthy, and I will fight to continue to make both registration and voting convenient and without unneeded obstacles.”

Help Us Elect Democrats in November!

The November 2018 Midterm Elections are poised to be an historic turning point in our politics, but only if we knock every door, call every number, and get every voter to the polls on Tuesday, November 6. We need your help to do that!

We have volunteer opportunities nearly every day of the week and to suit any schedule and mode of contact. Come on down to our Headquarters at 688 Boston Post Road, call us at (203) 533-7837, or email us at to find out how you can help.

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Vote for Democrats on November 6, 2018

The congressional and legislative elections are on Tuesday, November 6 and there has never been a more consequential time to be a voter. Connecticut has a strong slate of Democratic candidates running at all levels of government and they need our help to get elected and to protect the progress made on environmental protections, women’s health access, education, gun violence prevention and more. Read up on the candidates and join us in helping to get them elected in November.

Ned Lamont for Governor
Susan Bysiewicz for Lt. Governor
William Tong for Attorney General
Kevin Lembo for Comptroller
Shawn Wooden for Treasurer
Denise Merrill for Secretary of State
Sean Scanlon for State Representative, 98th District
Christine Cohen for State Senate, 12th District
Peter Barrett for Probate Judge
Lisa Kops for Registrar of Voters


The Democratic PARTY is at Jacobs Beach on 9/29!

Join us at Jacobs Beach for a family-friendly fundraiser, with music, hot dogs, lemonade and ice cream! Special guests U.S. Senator Chris Murphy, State Senate Candidate Christine Cohen, and State Representative Sean Scanlon, with other elected officials and candidates invited. Stay tuned as our guest list grows!

Bring the family and mix with your fellow Democratic neighbors as we prepare to rock the vote in November. Contributions can be made here. Proceeds benefit the Guilford Democratic Town Committee.

An Evening with Amy Siskind

Join us at Café Allegra on Thursday, June 7th for an evening with Amy Siskind speaking about her new book, The List: A Week-by-Week Reckoning of Trump’s First Year. Amy Siskind is President and Co-founder of The New Agenda, a national organization working on issues including economic independence and advancement, gender representation and bias, sexual assault, and campus assault. A former Wall Street executive, she is a national spokesperson, writer, and expert on helping women and girls advance and succeed. Her writing has been featured in The Huffington Post and Medium and she is a frequent source for the national press, including in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times.

This event is being sponsored by the Madison and Guilford Democratic Town Committees.  All proceeds will help fund local campaign activities to elect Democratic candidates in the 2018 elections.  Tickets are $60 which includes appetizers and desserts with a cash bar.  Books will be available for purchase and signing through Breakwater Books of Guilford.  Tickets are limited. LINK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS NOW! *Please note Amy Siskind in your contribution*

Description of The List by Publisher, Bloomsbury New York:

In the immediate aftermath of Donald Trump’s election as president, Amy Siskind, a former Wall Street executive and the founder of The New Agenda, began compiling a list of actions taken by the Trump regime that pose a threat to our democratic norms. Under the headline: “Experts in authoritarianism advise to keep a list of things subtly changing around you, so you’ll remember”, Siskind’s “Weekly List” began as a project she shared with friends, but it soon went viral and now has more than half a million viewers every week.

Compiled in one volume for the first time, The List is a first draft history and a comprehensive accounting of Donald Trump’s first year. Beginning with Trump’s acceptance of white supremacists the week after the election and concluding a year to the day later, we watch as Trump and his regime chips away at the rights and protections of marginalized communities, of women, of us all, via Twitter storms, unchecked executive action, and shifting rules and standards. The List chronicles not only the scandals that made headlines but just as important, the myriad smaller but still consequential unprecedented acts that otherwise fall through cracks. It is this granular detail that makes The List such a powerful and important book.

For everyone hoping to #resistTrump, The List is a must-have guide to what we as a country have lost in the wake of Trump’s election. #Thisisnotnormal.

Read more at The Weekly List: This is How Democracy Ends.

Vote Democrat on November 7

The Guilford Democrats proudly endorse Matt Hoey for First Selectman of Guilford. Matt Hoey has served our community as Chairman of our Board of Finance for 24 years. During good and bad economic times, he has lead the passage of responsible budgets that have strengthened Guilford. He is the right choice to lead Guilford as First Selectman.

Read more about Matt’s vision for Guilford.

The Guilford Democrats proudly introduce our slate of candidates for the 2017 election. The Guilford democratic team has the experience and expertise to keep us moving in the right direction. Committed to maintaining our quality of life and building for the future, we look forward to serving Guilford and all its residents.

Find out more about our slate.