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The Bethel Democratic Town Committee (BDTC) is the official local organization of the Connecticut Democratic Party in the town of Bethel. We are a group elected to represent Bethel’s Democrats, and we endeavor to improve our town through community engagement and political involvement. We aim to be a progressive voice for the town of Bethel, and will always support what is in the best interest of the entire community and all its people.

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2 days ago

Bethel Democrats
Support labor.

#solidarity
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2 days ago

Bethel Democrats
#ICYMI📚 U.S. Department of Education has extended the pause on federal student loan repayments.

The pause will end no later than June 30, 2023. Payments will resume 60 days after the pause ends.
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4 weeks ago

Bethel Democrats
Just got the word, we’ve locked in a third ✅

Tonight, the people of the 2nd District have spoken and I’m honored and humbled that they've elected me to a third term.

I wish my opponent and her family all the best and look forward to serving as your State Representative.

Bethel and Danbury are amazing towns with the best people in the world. Our neighborhoods and communities are thriving and it's my job to make sure they continue to receive the support they deserve from Hartford. I will continue to fight to bring home more resources and to make sure I am always your strongest advocate. Thank you! I can't wait to get back to work!
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4 weeks ago

Bethel Democrats
Tuesday November 8th is Election Day!

Just a reminder that your polling place may have changed due to redistricting earlier this year.

Here’s the link to the Bethel registrar's “polling place look-up” if you’re not sure where to go:
www.bethel-ct.gov/.../Bethel_Street_Guide_Sorted.pdf

To check your current voter registration status:
portaldir.ct.gov/sots/LookUp.aspx?fs=e&s=cl

If you’re not currently registered, Election Day Registration will be available in the Municipal Center from 6am-8pm. Make sure you bring ID and proof of address.

And finally, here is a link to the sample ballots for each district:
portal.ct.gov/.../Town_Ballots/2022/BETHEL.pdf
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4 weeks ago

Bethel Democrats
After being elected in 2018, I quickly established myself as an outspoken advocate for animal welfare and consumer protection. I introduced legislation to ban pet stores from selling inhumanely bred animals, teamed up with Broken Symmetry to sponsor the Danbury Animal Welfare Society (DAWS) on one of its charity nights, and in 2019 was recognized by the Humane Society of the United States as a 2019 Humane Legislator. Most recently, I applied the necessary pressure on the State Department of Energy and Environmental Protections to safely capture Bobbi the Bear’s two orphaned cubs and transport them to a sanctuary in New Hampshire.

I've been honored to work with so many constituents on animal welfare issues and will continue to fight for all animals big and small as your State Representative.
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4 weeks ago

Bethel Democrats
Raghib’s opponent has time to criticize elected officials on taxes and education but couldn’t find the time to vote in local elections.Recently my opponent who hasn’t bothered to vote in local elections including elections to approve the town budget and provide funding for public education criticized my efforts to represent the people of Bethel and Danbury in our State Capitol.

It's easy to criticize elected officials and the political system when you haven't bothered to vote in local elections. But, in our democracy, voting should be the bare minimum. It's part of living in a free and open system.

It's easy to be critical of the people who represent the towns and communities of the 2nd District when you've been essentially absent from the public discourse. As Americans, the cornerstone of our representative system of democracy is voting. And one of the fundamental rights, responsibilities, and privileges is participating in our electoral process. Unfortunately, the world is full of sideline critics who think they can do better but haven't even participated on the most basic, fundamental levels.

It's easy to throw stones at a system and the individuals who work every day to leverage that system in support of their constituents when you've never taken the time to be present and involved. People across the 2nd District, Connecticut, and our country understand that their vote is their voice. So it's ironic to receive criticism from someone who has so little regard for our system of government that they haven't even taken the time to vote consistently.

I am proud of the work I have done and what we've been able to accomplish over the past four years. I have worked across the aisle and put people before party. I have built a reputation as someone who knows how to get things done. And I've done it with integrity and a constant focus on the people I represent.

I cherish spending time in my District and meeting with the people of Bethel and Danbury. But "walking down the street with your dog" and "going to the grocery store" is not how you bring resources back to our community. The individual elected to represent the people of the 2nd District must be ready to go to Hartford and have a seat at the table and a voice in the room when decisions are being made. I've been honored to fill that role for the past four years and look forward to the next two years of serving the people of the 2nd District....with integrity.
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1 month ago

Bethel Democrats
“I am a mom with three school aged kids, and this year I volunteered to help out Raghib Allie-Brennan in his reelection campaign. Why? Because as a teacher I trust his stance on education. His opponent has said that she has "concerns" regarding school curriculum, but her website and campaign materials don't give us anything of substance. It sounds like she has some agenda that she will not admit to.

Far too many politicians in this country are set on forbidding ideas, eroding trust in public schools, and placing teachers at the mercy of ideologues. I fear that Raghib's opponent will just usher in more of this dangerous attitude, placing our school children at a disadvantage.

Raghib, on the other hand, fights for education. He made the 2022 Honor Roll of the CT Education Association, demonstrating his commitment to public education and teachers. Because of this, he has my vote and my enthusiastic support.”

Beth James
Danbury

Link to Letter to the Editor: patch.com/connecticut/danbury/amp/31004971/letter-in-support-of-raghib-allie-brennan
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Bethel’s voters, at a glance…

3,990

DEMOCRATS

3,152

REPUBLICANS

5,524

UNAFFILIATED or MINOR PARTY

12,666

REGISTERED VOTERS