Blumenthal Speaks at Democrats’ Campaign Kickoff

Highlights Importance of Transparency

Easton Democrats kicked off their 2021 campaign for Easton’s municipal elections on Sept. 12 with special guests Senator Richard Blumenthal, State Senator Matt Lesser, and Easton’s State Rep. Anne Hughes. The kickoff, which took place outside the Easton Public Library, was attended by supporters who joined the full state of Democratic candidates running for town offices this year.

Blumenthal led off the event with praise for the leadership of First Selectman Dr. David Bindelglass and Selectman Bob Lessler for their management of COVID and their efforts to make town government in Easton more open and responsive to citizen input.

“Dave and Bob are about truth telling and transparency and that’s what matters most,” said Blumenthal in his opening remarks to candidates and supporters. “They’ve been strong effective leaders for Easton and the town is lucky they have devoted their lives to public service.”

Hughes reminded the crowd that local leadership is the bedrock of democracy and that the coming election is critical for Easton.

“It’s important we’re here today to launch a campaign to ensure that the progress we’ve made since the Democrats have had the majority on the Board of Selectman can continue,” said Hughes.

Lesser, vice chair of the state Senate Human Services Committee, introduced Dr. Bindelglass and called attention to Easton’s strong record of success in managing COVID, noting that the first selectman was an effective partner in maintaining strong public health policies during the pandemic and that the community should be proud that Easton was one of the few towns able to keep its Senior Center open due to well-coordinated COVID policies.

“When you face a pandemic, you really want great political leadership and great medical advice, and in Dr. Bindelglass, Easton is lucky to have both,” Lesser said.

Dr. Bindelglass spoke of the progress Easton had made during his first term, emphasizing his strong belief in open, transparent government. He also noted that work to protect Easton’s open spaces and maintaining the excellent schools is a continuing priority to protect the investment the town has made in the community.

Easton Democrats came out to support the campaign kick off for municipal election candidates of the Easton Democratic Town Committee in front of the Easton Public Library. Devon Wible and U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal are among them. — Sarah Lehberger Photo

The full slate of Democratic municipal candidates was in attendance:

  • David Bindelglass for First Selectman
  • Bob Lessler for Selectman
  • Art Laske for Board of Finance
  • Ira Kaplan for Board of Finance
  • Jackie Kaufman for Board of Finance
  • Jennifer Dejesus for Easton Board of Education
  • Maureen Williams for Region 9 Board of Ed
  • Devon Wible for Easton Board of Ed
  • John Foley for Region 9 Board of Ed
  • Michael Gutowski for Tax Collector
  • Sheila Charmoy for Zoning Board of Appeals
  • Lisa Burns for Zoning Board of Appeals
  • Kery Kaylor for Board of Assessment Appeals
  • Irv Silverman for Constable
  • David Katz for Constable
  • Gloria Bindelglass for Library Board and Constable
Easton Democrats came out to support the campaign kick off for muicipal election candidates of the Easton Democratic Town Committee of Easton in front of the Easton Public Library on Sept. 12, 2001. — Sarah Lehberger Photo