FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The presidential race might be the talk of the nation this election season, but Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will have some company on Fairfield’s ballots Nov. 6. Fairfielders will also choose their representatives to the state and federal government on Election Day.
At the local level, the three seats that represent Fairfield in the State House of Representative and the State Senate are all up for re-election. State Sen. John McKinney, who covers Easton, Weston and Newtown as well as Fairfield, will be unopposed on Nov. 6. But the House districts all have competitive races this fall.
The State House District 132 covers Fairfield’s coastal sections and Southport. It is currently represented by Republican Brenda Kupchick, who is vying for her second term this November. Board of Education member Sue Brand won the Democratic primary last month and will challenge her for the seat.
The State House District 133 represents Fairfield’s eastern sections. Democrat Kim Fawcett is currently in her third term in the statehouse from the district, and is running for re-election. Republican Chris DeSanctis, an elementary school principal and American government and politics professor at Sacred Heart University, is running against her.
The State House District 134 spans northern neighborhoods of Fairfield and a portion of Trumbull. Its current representative is Republican Tony Hwang, who is seeking his third term. Representative Town Meeting member Heather Dean is his Democratic opponent.
At the federal level, Democratic Congress member Jim Himes is running for his third term to represent Connecticut’s Fourth District, which includes Fairfield. Westport businessman and Sacred Heart adjunct professor Steve Obsitnik has won the Republican nomination to challenge him.
Current U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman has decided to retire at the end of his current term. Former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon will try to win a seat in Washington for a second time from the Republican Party. Congress member Chris Murphy is representing the Democratic Party in the race. Third-party candidate Paul Passarelli, from the Libertarian Party, is also on the ballot.
If you still have not registered to vote but would like to, you can pick up an application at Old Town Hall, the Fairfield Public Library or online. You can mail or drop off voter registration forms to the Registrars of Voters office in Old Town Hall, 611 Old Post Road. The registration deadline to be eligible for the Nov. 6 election is Oct. 30.
If you’ll be out of town on Nov. 6, absentee ballots are available at the Town Clerk’s Office in Old Town Hall. Absentee voting is allowed in cases of physical disability, absence from the town during all of the hours of voting, or religious tenets that forbid secular activity on Election Day.
Check with the Fairfield Daily Voice for more information on the candidates and the issues in the weeks leading up to the election.