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For Norwalk, Ballot Goes Beyond Just Clinton Vs. Trump

In the race for the 4th Congressional District, Republican challenger John Shaban will take on four-term Democratic incumbent Jim Himes.
In the race for the 4th Congressional District, Republican challenger John Shaban will take on four-term Democratic incumbent Jim Himes. Photo Credit: File

NORWALK, Conn. — Much of the political spotlight is focused on the heated ballot for the presidency between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump.

But voters in Norwalk are also set to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 8, in a number of races that are much closer to home.

Voters will be casting ballots in races for the U.S. Senate and House:

  • U.S. Senate: Democrat incumbent Richard Blumenthal of Greenwich vs. Republican challenger Dan Carter of Bethel vs. Libertarian challenger Richard Lion of Manchester vs. Green Party challenger Jeffery Russell of Glastonbury
  • 4th District U.S. House: Republican challenger John Shaban of Redding vs. Democrat incumbent Jim Himes of Greenwich

In Norwalk's only State Senate district (District 25) voters will choose between Democrat incumbent Bob Duff and Republican challenger Gregory Ehlers

For the State House, there are five different districts in Norwalk (residents vote only in their district):

  • State House District 137: Democrat incumbent Chris Perone vs. Republican challenger Darline Perpignan
  • State House District 140: Democrat incumbent Bruce Morris is running unopposed
  • State House District 141: Republican incumbent Terrie Wood vs. Democrat challenger Randy Klein
  • State House District 142: Republican incumbent Fred Wilms vs Working Families Party challenger Anna Duleep
  • State House District 143: Republican incumbent Gail Lavielle is running unopposed

The only city race will be for the Registrar of Voters, where voters will choose one of two candidates, both of whom are incumbents: Democrat Stuart W. Wells III and Republican Karen Doyle Lyons.

There are also four "Yes" or "No" questions on the ballot:

  • Shall the term of Mayor and Town Clerk be changed from 2 to 4 years?
  • Shall the offices of City Treasurer, City Sheriff, and Selectman be eliminated?
  • Shall the annual salary of each Common Council member be set at two percent (2%) of the base salary of the Mayor?
  • Shall all Charter references to members of the Common Council be gender-neutral?

And for president and vice president, four teams are on the ballot:

  • Democrats Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine;
  • Republicans Donald Trump and Mike Pence
  • Libertarian Party's Gary Johnson and Bill Weld
  • Green Party's Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka
  • Or you can do a write-in candidate.

Click here to see a sample ballot for Norwalk from the secretary of the state's website.

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