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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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The Bethel Democratic Town Committee works to promote Bethel's Democrats for public office in Bethel

2 weeks ago

Bethel Democrats
Rob for CT, candidate for State Senate District 28, stopped by our monthly meeting today! Together, we're determined to flip this seat, which has remained Republican since the Reagan era. Let’s bring fresh perspectives and positive change to our community. ... See MoreSee Less
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1 month ago

Bethel Democrats
Please considering donating just $5 to Rob Blanchard, in his run for the State's 28th Senate District (Bethel, Easton, Fairfield and Newtown).

Rob Blanchard is a dedicated and experienced Democrat who has been making significant contributions to our state. Over the past year, he has served as the chief of staff for Comptroller Sean Scanlon, overseeing state-level accounting and employee services. Rob's commitment to public service is further highlighted by his role in helping run Gov. Ned Lamont's communications during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now, Rob is taking the next step by running for the State Senate in a district that has long been held by Republican Tony Hwang. This is a crucial opportunity for us to flip the seat and advance our values in Bethel and the state legislature.

A small donation of just $5 can make a difference. Every dollar will go towards crucial campaign activities, such as outreach, advertising, and mobilization efforts.

Donate here: secure.anedot.com/rob-for-ct2024/donate

Learn more about Rob: www.ctinsider.com/fairfield/article/rob-blanchard-tony-hwang-state-senate-28-district-18595582.php
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1 month ago

Bethel Democrats
This morning, I joined Rep Jahana Hayes, First Selectman Dan Carter, and local leaders to announce that Western Connecticut Council of Governments' (WestCog) Safe Streets and Roads for All application has secured a whopping $3,959,346 in federal funds! These funds will pave the way for crucial vehicle and pedestrian safety improvements at 93 locations across our region.

In Bethel, we're thrilled to share the specific projects earmarked for improvement:

1. Greenwood Ave from Farnam Hill to Grand St
Install high-visibility crosswalks to improve delineation of intersections and driveways and to slow traffic. Install dynamic speed feedback sign.

2. Greenwood Ave from Front St to PT Barnum Sq
Traffic signal retroreflective backplates. Install high-visibility crosswalks. Install dynamic speed feedback sign.

3. Greenwood Ave from Griswold St to Farnam Hill
Update Stop sign at Beach St. Restripe pavement markings.

The aim is clear: Enhance traffic and pedestrian safety in our community. We're committed to addressing this pressing issue on all levels of government, and these federal dollars will directly impact the safety and well-being of Bethel residents.

Your safety matters, and we're taking proactive steps to make our streets safer for everyone. Let's keep moving forward together!
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1 month ago

Bethel Democrats
Did you know?

In 1944, a 15-year-old Martin Luther King, Jr. came to Connecticut to work at a farm during the summer. Years later, in his autobiography, King observed that his experiences in Connecticut and during the train ride back home to Atlanta helped highlight the cruel injustice of segregation.

On this MLK Day, let’s take a moment to reflect on his legacy and his messages and commit ourselves to advancing justice.

Learn more about MLK's roots in Connecticut here: connecticuthistory.org/dr-kings-dream-had-roots-in-connecticut/
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2 months ago

Bethel Democrats
Did you know that an Unaffiliated voter is NOT the same as an Independent? Independent voters are members of the Independent Party while Unaffiliated voters are not members of any party. Unaffiliated members are not eligible to vote in the Presidential Preference Primary.

If you are already a registered voter of a political party (Democrat, Republican, Green, Independent, etc.) and would like to change parties to vote in this election, you must do so by January 2. Visit myvote.ct.gov to learn more!

Share this post to spread important upcoming CT elections information!
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2 months ago

Bethel Democrats
Message from Former First Selectman Matthew Knickerbocker regarding the Dec. 19 Board of Selectmen meeting at 7pm for a proposed water rate increase for Bethel Water Department customers:

When Rich Straiton, Paul Szatkowski and I were elected to the Board of Selectmen in 2009, we made a terrible discovery:
* Water rates had been reviewed only once since 1988
* Water mains, water pumps and water treatment plants were failing
* There had been no capital planning nor improvements for more than 20 years, even though the town’s population was growing and putting more strain on the system.
* The water department had LOST $3 million dollars, which had been drained from the town's General Fund, and was continuing to lose $100,000 per year. Every penny of that $3 million dollar loss has to be paid back.
* The department was delivering water laced with chemicals linked to cancer, due to the aging and failing water treatment plants.
* In 2014, the State Department of Public Health involked a state statute that required the department to run a full page ad in the newspaper announcing the fact that hazardous chemicals were found in Bethel drinking water.
* The water system was so weak that residents at the top of Hoyt's Hill would routinely lose pressure. Fire hydrants would sometimes suffer from low pressure, as well, hampering fire fighting ability.
* Bethel's credit rating was downgraded to "negative" in 2010 due to the town's failure to address the growing fiscal crisis in its water operation, driving up interest costs in the town's budget.

In 2012, the Town's Public Utility Commission, which is a 5-member governing board comprised of the members of the Board of Selectmen and two appointees, voted to explore selling the water department to the Aquarion Water Company. The water system was in severe crisis, was under the threat of sanctions by the state, and it was believed that Aquarion could provide the necessary multi-million dollar investments that were needed to restore the system to a safe operating level.

The Aquarion vote was soundly defeated, largely due to a massive scare-mongering campaign by opponents that led some residents to believe that water would be sold to commercial interests and area wells would run dry (none of which was remotely true). This left the town to find a way to deal with the crisis of a failing water system on its own.

Over the next eight years, the Public Utilities Commission launched a massive capital improvement campaign to fix the system. Every aging pump system was replaced; miles of water mains were replaced; the town refurbished its wells and dug four new ones; two new storage tanks were constructed, giving the town 1 million gallons of storage capacity, which improved water pressure, fire fighting capability and allowed for the expansion of new businesses and new jobs at Clarke Business Park; water treatment facilities were upgraded to remove contaminants and ensure clean, safe water.

The cost of these necessary and critical upgrades to date is over $25 million. And those upgrades MUST be paid for. The Town of Bethel does not subsidize its water system through taxes. It can't. The water departmet is a NON PROFIT enterprise that MUST subsist only through the rates it collects for water. If it fails to earn enough money to run the system, it will drain the General Fund and bankrupt the town. It can also be subject to fines and other sanctions by the State of Connecticut, because once the town commits to supplying public water, it must abide by all the health and safety laws imposed by the state. The system can only be financed by the rates it charges to customers. And this is not "scare mongering" by me; this town actually came very close to these catastropic outcomes, and that was only a little more than a decade ago.

No one wants to pay more for water (or anything else for that matter). But ask youself, what is it worth to NOT worry that you or you're kids are getting traces of formaldehyde because the system has been neglected? Yes, this has happened in the past, and we should not go back.

The Board of Selectmen have absolutely no choice. They must provide sufficient funding through rates to keep the system up to par. To do otherwise is to point us the back down the path of neglect and disrepair. And despite what you hear, it is not an onerous increase. When implemented, Bethel will still be below average for the entire state with regard to its water rates.

The Bethel Water Department is a NON PROFIT operation. It MUST subsist on the rates that it charges. If the Board of Selectmen were to fail to keep the system financially solvent, they would be accused of financial misconduct.
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2 months ago

Bethel Democrats
Happy Holidays from the Bethel Democrat’s holiday party! 🎄

Thank you to the Olson’s for hosting, to everyone who joined us, and to those who donated cereal for the Bethel Food Pantry.
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3 months ago

Bethel Democrats
Always in our hearts 💚11 years ago, our community watched in horror and heartbreak as 26 beautiful souls were taken in an act of unspeakable terror at Sandy Hook Elementary. Today, we continue to grieve and work with Sandy Hook families and survivors who have turned their pain into action. I continue to be amazed at the strength and resilience of Newtown. These 26 angels will never be forgotten.💚 ... See MoreSee Less
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3 months ago

Bethel Democrats
Happy Thanksgiving Bethel! We hope you have a wonderful day filled with gratitude, joy, and good company. ... See MoreSee Less
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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