The Candidate Debates will be held on October 25, 2022 in the Brubeck Room of the Wilton Library and are co-sponsored by the Wilton Library as well as Good Morning Wilton.

The candidates running for State Representative will start their debate at 7:00 pm; and those running for State Senate will follow after a short break.

In both debates, sixty minutes will be allotted to constituent questions, with additional time for brief introductory and closing remarks.  Both debates will follow a modified town hall format under the LWV cumulative time guidelines.  Both debates will be led by an out-of-town moderator trained by the state League of Women Voters.

Each candidate will have 30 seconds to introduce themselves.

Thereafter we will move into questions, with an initial kickoff question presented by the Wilton LWV and subsequent questions submitted by constituents, either in advance or from the floor.  Constituents are invited to submit questions in advance to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or to submit questions live from the audience in the Brubeck Room.  All questions must include the full name of the constituent posing the question; only one question will be submitted per email or index card; and all questions must be applicable to all candidates and pertinent to state-level issues (questions targeted at one specific candidate will not be accepted).  All questions will be screened for legibility, duplication, and may be combined or condensed.  The moderator will determine the first candidate to respond to the first question by lot, and rotate between candidates thereafter.

At the close of the hour of questions, each candidate will have up to 90 seconds for closing remarks.

In addition to the live audience, both debates will also be livestreamed and recorded.  They will be viewable live in real time on GoodMorningWilton.com .  In addition, they will be recorded for later viewing at GoodMorningWilton.com , www.wiltonlibrary.org , and elsewhere as available.

 

In our upcoming Election Day on 11/8/22, we won’t just be choosing candidates for office. Voters in Wilton and throughout the state will also see this question on our ballots:

Shall the Constitution of the State be amended to permit the General Assembly to provide for early voting?  

Connecticut is currently one of only 4 states - along with Mississippi, Alabama, and New Hampshire - that does not offer early in-person voting.   This is because in our state, election rules are detailed in our state constitution. This creates a form of chicken-egg quandary: before our elected officials can pass specific legislation that allows early voting, voters must first give the assembly that authority by voting YES on the ballot question. 

Who will benefit from this change? Everyone! Working parents, commuters, seniors, voters with disabilities, students, and all eligible voters who may face circumstances that make getting to the polls on Election Day difficult. Early Voting allows voters greater flexibility to cast their ballot in person in the days leading up to the election, without worrying if they are able to make it to the polls on Election Day.

Will Early Voting be available right away if the ballot measure passes?  No.  If voters vote YES on the ballot measure, the 2023 State Assembly will have the authority to start writing and debating specific legislation. Until our legislators have that authority, they are constrained by the state constitution from acting. 

Is Early Voting safe and reliable? Yes.  The process is the same as on Election Day, with the same checks and balances, using the ballot cast on the same equipment.

 

The Wilton League of Women Voters as well as the CT League of Women Voters urges constituents to vote YES on this ballot question.

The Wilton League of Women Voters, Wilton Library Association, and GOOD Morning Wilton will be co-sponsoring two candidate debates between: Keith Denning (D) and Kim Healy (R) - 42nd House District; Toni Boucher (R) and Ceci Maher (D) - 26th Senate District.  The debates will be held in the Brubeck Room of the Wilton Library to constituents who wish to attend in person, and will also be streamed live to those who wish to attend virtually.

Denning/Healy will start at 7:00pm for approximately one hour and Boucher/Maher will begin after a short break. Approximately 60 minutes will be allotted to constituent questions in both debates.  The debate sessions will follow a modified town hall format led by a League-trained out-of-town moderator.  

Constituents who plan to attend the debates in person must register through the Wilton Library registration link.  Those who wish to attend virtually may do so in real time on GOODMorningWilton.com.  In addition, the debates will be recorded and be made available for later viewing at GOODMorningWilton.com, www.wiltonlibrary.org, and here at the Wilton LWV website.

Constituents are also invited to submit questions to the candidates, either in advance to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or live from the audience in the Brubeck Room. All submitted questions must include the full name of the submitting constituent; only one question can be submitted per email; all questions must be applicable to all candidates and pertinent to state issues; questions targeted at one specific candidate will not be accepted. All questions will be screened for legibility, duplication, and may be combined or condensed.

ZOOM Discussion: Saturday 2/26 from 2:30-3:30 pm

Please join us on Zoom as Wilton Library and the Wilton League of Women Voters present a Legislative Dialogue to give our elected state legislators an opportunity to present their priorities for the 2022 Connecticut Assembly session, and for constituents to provide them feedback and ask them questions about issues facing our town and state. Senator Will Haskell (District 26), Representative Stephanie Thomas (District 143), and Representative Tom O'Dea (District 125) have been invited.

Registration required in order to receive the Zoom invitation link.   Please register online or call the library at 203-762-6334.  Email the League at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions you would like the legislators to address. Constituents will also be able to submit questions during the virtual event.

 

 

 

 

 

The Wilton League of Women Voter's next monthly meeting will be held virtually on Thursday November 18.  Steering Committee members will have a short business meeting from 7-7:30 pm.  Thereafter, at

 

7:30 PM - Tammy Thornton, President  of “Go Green” Wilton 

 

will join us to speak to us on the topic of

                

The Solvable Problem of Waste In Connecticut: 

How We Can Help the Environment and Our Community

 

 

The Go Green discussion is open to the public.  Please register at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your full name to receive the ZOOM link to participate.