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Prepare for Tuesday's Presidential, Federal, State Elections

Get caught up on all the races before going to the polls Tuesday.

 

Middlebury and Woodbury residents go to the polls Tuesday, November 6, along with the rest of nation for the 2012 Presidential Election between incumbent Democrat Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

Besides electing the highest office in the land, voters will also be casting their ballots for U.S. Senate, Congress, State Senate, State Representative and in Woodbury, Registrars of Voters.

Middlebury voters will also vote on the following question: "Shall the proposed revisions to the Town of Middlebury Charter, as recommended by the Charter Revision Committee and approved by the Board of Selectmen on September 4, 2012, be approved?"

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Shepardson Community Center in Middlebury and the Senior Community Center in Woodbury.

The ballots are attached to this article as PDFs and available on the secretary of state website.

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Federal Races

In the U.S. Senate race, Fifth District Congressman Chris Murphy (D) is facing Republican candidate Linda McMahon, who first ran for senate in 2010 against former Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal.

Both Murphy and McMahon garnered support in their respective August primaries.

The campaign has been heated at times, with attack ads flooding the state’s airwaves. Patch reporter DJ McAneny sifted through all the contentious language and presented an analysis of campaign ads.

The race for the Fifth District seat being vacated by Murphy is a match up between State Rep. Andrew Roraback and former Democratic state legislator Elizabeth Esty, who defeated former State Speaker of the House Chris Donovan in the August primary in the wake of a campaign contribution scandal.

Brookfield resident John Pistone is also running an independent write-in campaign for the seat.

And check out the Campaign Notebook column archives for a day-by-day breakdown of the Senate and House campaigns.

State Races

Middlebury: State Senator

  • Democrat Joan V. Hartley
  • Working Families Blair Bertaccini
  • Independent Andrew "Andy" Larsen

Middlebury: State Representative

  • Republican Andrew J. D'Amelio
  • Democrat Ernest Brunelli
  • Independent Ernest Brunelli

Woodbury: State Senator

  • Republican Rob Kane
  • Democrat James C. Gambardella

Woodbury: State Representative

  • Republican Craig A. Miner
  • Working Families Dennis O'Neil

Local Race

Woodbury's Democrat and Republican Registrars of Voters are also up for election this year. Current Republican Registrar Judith W. Henderon and Democrat Anne Cushman Schwaikert are up for reelection.

Debates

Patch live blogged all three Presidential Debates and the Vice Presidential Debate in October and pulled together a local consensus on each.

  • First Presidential Debate: Domestic Policy
  • Second Presidential Debate: Fiery Town Hall Toe-to-Toe
  • Third Presidential Debate: Candidates Faceoff on Foreign Policy
  • Vice Presidential Debate: Surrogates Spar

Third party candidates Gary Johnson (Libertarian), Jill Stein (Green), Virgil Goode (Constitution) and Rocky Anderson (Justice) held their own Presidential Debate and Patch reporter Justin Reynolds caught up with Connecticut’s third party leaders for their take on the race.

Patch also covered debates for the U.S. Senate and the Fifth District.

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