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Is This Small-Town Race the Next Effort by CT Dems to Make Local Races About Trump?

April 20, 2017 By Staff
Is This Small-Town Race the Next Effort by CT Dems to Make Local Races About Trump?

Woodbridge, CT is a small town in New Haven County. State Democrats, though, are looking to make it the next step in anti-Trump efforts.

Connecticut Democrats tried to make a special election for State Senate in February about President Trump, with limited success. Their next effort to nationalize local races may come on May 1, with a slate of seats open in small Woodbridge, Connecticut.

Woodbridge, located in New Haven County, has a population of just under 9,000 people. The issues facing the town seem intensely local, as it is with most of Connecticut’s 169 towns and cities.

State Democrats, though, have invested time and effort into nationalizing the race. The campaign website for Democratic first selectman candidate Beth Heller touts the team’s April “Brunch Event,” which featured Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) in from Washington, D.C.

The Connecticut branch of the Women’s March, which started in opposition to Trump, tweeted support for Woodbridge’s “progressive candidates” on Wednesday:

The Republican team’s platform, meanwhile, seems to be exclusively focused on local issues.

Time will tell whether the national strategy will work in small-town races, but it’s already being tried, more and more, at the state level.