The Connecticut Citizens Defense League’s Executive Committee releases the following endorsements for the November 6, 2018 general election. We urge all our members to support and assist these candidates, and vote for them in November.
(*name* denotes past CCDL Legislator Of The Year)
Bob Stefanowski/*Joe Markley*
District Candidate Name
2 Daniel Reale
3 Angel Cadena
5 Manny Santos
CT Senate Seats
District Candidate Name Towns Represented
7 John Kissel East Granby, Enfield, Granby, Somers, Suffield, Windsor, Windsor Locks
8 Kevin Witkos Avon, Barkhamsted, Canton, Colebrook, Granby, Hartland, Harwinton, New Hartford, Norfolk, Simsbury, Torrington
9 Ed Charamut Cromwell, Middletown, Newington, Rocky Hill, Wethersfield
12 Adam Greenberg Branford, Durham, Guilford, Killingworth, Madison, North Branford
13 Len Suzio Cheshire, Meriden, Middlefield, Middletown
14 Pam Staneski Milford, Orange, West Haven, Woodbridge
16 *Rob Sampson* Cheshire, Prospect, Southington, Waterbury, Wolcott
17 George Logan Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Derby, Hamden, Naugatuck, Woodbridge
18 Heather Somers Griswold, Groton, North Stonington, Plainfield, Preston, Sterling, Stonington, Voluntown
19 Mark Lounsbury Columbia, Franklin, Hebron, Lebanon, Ledyard, Lisbon, Marlborough, Montville, Norwich, Sprague
31 Henri Martin Bristol, Harwinton, Plainville, Plymouth, Thomaston
32 Eric Berthel Bethlehem, Bridgewater, Middlebury, Oxford, Roxbury, Seymour, Southbury, Washington, Watertown, Woodbury
33 *Melissa Ziobron* Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Lyme, Old Saybrook, Portland, Westbrook
35 Daniel Champagne Ashford, Chaplin, Coventry, Eastford, Ellington, Hampton, Pomfret, Stafford, Tolland, Union, Vernon, Willington, Woodstock
District Candidate Name Towns Represented
2 William Duff Bethel, Danbury, Newtown, Redding
8 Tim Ackert Columbia, Coventry, Tolland, Vernon
22 Dr. William Petit New Britain, Plainville
29 Andrew Lanciotto Newington, Rocky Hill, Wethersfield
30 Steven Baleshiski Berlin, Southington
33 Linda Szynkowicz Middletown
34 Irene Haines Colchester, East Haddam, East Hampton
37 Holly Cheeseman East Lyme, Salem
40 John Scott Groton, Ledyard
42 Mike France Ledyard, Montville, Preston
44 Anne Dauphinais Killingly, Plainfield
45 *Steve Mikutel* Griswold, Lisbon, Plainfield, Sterling, Voluntown
45 Brian Lanoue (co-endorsed)
46 Andrew Lockwood Norwich
47 *Doug Dubitsky* Canterbury, Chaplin, Franklin, Hampton, Lebanon, Lisbon, Norwich, Scotland, Sprague
50 Pat Boyd Brooklyn, Eastford, Pomfret, Union, Woodstock
51 Rick Hayes Killingly, Putnam, Thompson
52 Kurt Vail Somers, Stafford
53 Samuel Belsito Ashford, Tolland, Willington
55 Robin Green Andover, Bolton, Hebron, Marlborough
58 Gregory Stokes Enfield
59 Carol Hall East Windsor, Enfield
60 Scott Storms Windsor, Windsor Locks
61 Tami Zawistowski East Granby, Suffield, Windsor
62 Bill Simanski Barkhamsted, Granby, Hartland, New Hartford
63 Jay Case Colebrook, Goshen, Torrington, Winchester
65 Molly Spino Torrington
66 David T Wilson Bethlehem, Litchfield, Morris, Warren, Woodbury
68 Joseph Polletta Watertown, Woodbury
73 Steven Giacomi Waterbury
76 John Piscopo Burlington, Harwinton, Litchfield, Thomaston
77 Cara Pavlock-D’Amato Bristol
78 Whit Betts Bristol, Plymouth
80 Gale Mastrofrancesco Southington, Wolcott
81 John Fusco Southington
82 Ernestine Holloway Meriden, Middlefield
83 Lou Arata Berlin, Meriden
83 Roger Misbach (co-endorsed)
86 Vincent Candelora Durham, Guilford, North Branford, Wallingford
89 Lezlye Zupkus Bethany, Cheshire, Prospect
90 Craig Fishbein Cheshire, Wallingford
100 Anthony Gennaro Middletown
103 Diane Pagano Cheshire, Southington, Wallingford
104 Joseph Jaumann Ansonia, Derby
105 Nicole Klarides Ditria Beacon Falls, Derby, Seymour
109 Veasna Roeun Danbury
113 Jason Perillo Shelton
120 Jim Feehan Stratford
122 Ben McGorty Shelton, Stratford, Trumbull
139 Nick DeLucia Bozrah, Montville, Norwich
9/19/2018 added Steven Baleshiski, Molly Spino, and Nick DeLucia
Since our founding in 2009, CCDL has been working to resolve various pistol permit issues in many cities and towns. Some of the issues pertain to issuing time frames or procedures that violate what is required or mandated by state statute.
On May 30th, CCDL filed a FOIA request with the Middletown Police to review their issuance time frame for temporary permits. Once the information was received and reviewed, CCDL determined that most of the applications exceeded the 8-week statutory time frame. This had been an ongoing problem that plagued residents of Middletown simply seeking approval for permits to carry.
Eventually, with the help of a CCDL resident of Middletown, a city councilor facilitated communications between Police Chief William McKenna and CCDL President Scott Wilson.
Because of the positive dialogue between the two, and the background efforts of the Police Chief, Middletown is adding additional resources and revamping its process to issue permits within the eight-week time frame. It was important to listen to the Chief’s concerns and the challenges that he has faced, and to also explain that CCDL is not out to create unnecessary headaches for his department.
CCDL wishes to thank Chief William McKenna for looking deep into this matter and resolving it. Special thanks to CCDL member Kevin Kelly and City Councilor Deb Kieckowski for their help.
CCDL has applied to the CT State Supreme court to submit an Amicus Curiae Brief (Friend of the Court Brief) in support of Bushmaster Firearms International LLC.
The case known as ‘Soto v Bushmaster’ has been ongoing for some time, and CCDL will withhold any further statements on the case until the court accepts our petition for the brief to be filed.
The application is a matter of public record on file with the State Supreme Court as of May 30, 2017. You may view a copy of the application here: Application-of-CCDL-for-permission-to-appear-as-amicus-curiae.pdf
Due to a recent CT court decision involving “pre-ban” types of firearms, CCDL has decided to try and address some basic concerns from those members who may own these products. At our July meeting, noted attorney Greg Miller made a PowerPoint presentation to our members. If you missed that meeting, you can now view the presentation on the CCDL Youtube channel. Please forgive the audio quality.
Video: Attorney Greg Miller on Kaminsky v. Schriro
We are still waiting on further updates.
Today, CCDL joined a number of law enforcement and gun rights groups in filing an amicus curiae brief in the case of Kolbe v. Hogan. This is a case in Maryland that seeks to overturn their unconstitutional ban on so-called "assault weapons".
CCDL and our members have a vested interest in this case, as any ruling by the Supreme Court in this case would have a national impact on similar gun bans; including Connecticut's.
You can read the brief as submitted here: USSC 17-127 Amicus Brief - Kolbe v Hogan (pdf)
It has been brought to our attention that there are people and businesses offering bootleg CCDL merchandise. While we're thrilled CCDL is now so popular for this to happen, as a 100% FREE nonprofit organization merchandise sales are our primary source of funds used to keep CCDL alive and fighting for YOUR rights here in Connecticut. These illegal vendors are only looking out for themselves, essentially stealing money from your organization.
List of Stores Carrying CCDL Decals
1 Stop Tactical, Jewett City
Aces Defense, Danielson
Battlezone Exchange, Orange
Central CT Arms, Portland
Connecticut Firearms and Tactical, Orange
CT Sporting Arms, North Branford
Hoffman’s Gun Store, Newington
Newington Gun Exchange, Newington
North Atlantic Sportsman, Monroe
Sportsmen’s Outpost, Wolcott
Tactical Arms, Torrington
The Gun Store, Waterbury