Tuesday, February 28, 2017

ENOUGH ALREADY!

TODAY is Tuesday — Special Election Day in Connecticut. Please vote to send me to our state Senate so I can work as hard for you, your family and friends as I have for me and mine. Thank you!

ELECTION DAY RADIO INTERVIEW with VINNIE PENN at WELI

If you live in Connecticut, chances are good that I don't need to tell you who Vinnie Penn is or the Vinnie Penn Project. I was honored when they reached out yesterday asking me to call in on this historic Special Election Day. Follow the link below to listen to this mornings interview (Tuesday, 7:00am on the 28th of February 2017).

RADIO SHOW LINK >> http://960weli.iheart.com/media/play/27679277/

Thursday, February 23, 2017

ANCESTRY.COM FOUNDER ENDORSES DAN LYNCH

Hundreds of millions of families around the globe now use Ancestry.com to research their family history and connect with their ancestral roots. In the 1990s, when Ancestry was beginning the transition from their origins as a respected publisher of printed books and magazines, Dan Lynch was hired as the first vice president of business development. His recognized expertise in both technology and genealogy, combined with his high-profile relationship management experience in the computer industry helped jumpstart what has been a tremendous growth story among Internet-based companies. Ancestry is now a brand name recognized around the world and has touched households in virtually every country. Dan is proud to present a short video from Ancestry.com Founder Paul Allen, endorsing Dan's candidacy for Connecticut State Senate.


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

HEY SEYMOUR . . .

Well, not just Seymour, but also Bethlehem, Bridgewater, Middlebury, Oxford, Roxbury, Southbury, Washington, Watertown, and Woodbury. There's an important Special Election on Feb. 28th, be sure your voice is heard. Vote for Dan Lynch, the Unaffiliated Petitioning Candidate who is working to EARN the seat, not trying to buy it.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

DAN LYNCH LIVE INTERVIEW ON WATR RADIO

WATR Talk of the Town host Steve Noxon interviewed State Senate Unaffiliated Petitioning Candidate Dan Lynch earlier today . . . view details and listen to a recording of the live broadcast

Friday, February 17, 2017

HEY SOUTHBURY & OXFORD . . . Please Share!

CCDL Capitol News Briefing re: Proposed Pistol Permit Fee Increase

Not only did the recent budget plan by Governor Dannel Malloy add insult to injury by targeting the tens-of-thousands of law-abiding gun owners in Connecticut, but it also demonstrated a clear lack of understanding regarding fundamental constitutional rights. The Connecticut Citizens Defense League ("CCDL") has taken quick action and is fighting back, with support from legislators and the NRA.


The proposal to increase permit renewal fees from $70 to $300 unfairly targets permit holders in an attempt to raise nearly $30 million from a targeted class of citizens. This discriminatory plan is just the latest in a years-long effort to strip law-abiding citizens of a fundamental constitutional right.

While I wasn't able to attend the Capitol News Briefing today, I did give public testimony this past Tuesday, noting that our Governor is following in the footsteps of our lawmakers and courts from the late 1960s, until the Supreme Court of the United States struck down Connecticut Supreme Court caselaw in the matter of Boddie v. Connecticut, 401 U.S. 371 (1971). While it may seem to be an unrelated issue, in my view, the underlying issue of access to a fundamental right is all-too-similar. By planning for an unreasonable price increase, the fundamental right in the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution, "...the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed" . . . is just that, infringed. It will be placed beyond the reach of those on fixed incomes or single parents or those who have children in college.

I'll be watching this issue closely as it unfolds, but in my opinion, it's unlikely it will advance much further given the well organized opposition.

WORDS OF SUPPORT FROM BOB SIMMS

Humbled that such a great guy, former New York Giant and Pittsburgh Steeler, die-hard Greenwich Republican and good friend would show his support for me like this . . . thanks Bob! #LynchForSenate


In one of the more shameful opinions to be released by the Connecticut Supreme Court, the years-long matter of Greenwich business man and former NFL football player Bob Simms. Origins of the legal controversy are in Connecticut family court. A modification in a decades old divorce judgment modified support obligations. When Simms later learned that trial and appellate counsel had knowingly concealed the existence of a significant inheritance, he pursued legal action against opposing counsel.

The trial court, after acknowledging the validity of the plaintiff's claims, ruled that the attorneys were protected by immunity. Both the Appellate Court and Supreme Court upheld that lower court decision. Even though federal case law dictates that "zealous advocacy" is subordinate to "candor to the tribunal," our state chose to protect the bar, blocking Mr. Simms from any recovery. Grievances subsequently filed by Simms with the Statewide Grievance Committee were dismissed, even though the court record itself contained acknowledgements of the misconduct. These are among the items that scores of families have complained about in recent years, but few in our legislature have shown meaningful interest in fixing.

Read the Connecticut Supreme Court opinion >> Simms v. Seaman, 308 Conn. 523 (2013)

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

LEAN ON ME - BILL WITHERS

I just received a text message from my younger daughter, offering me some words of encouragement from her vantage point in Columbia, South Carolina (Junior year at U of SC). She and I exchange links to songs on occasion, and her message reminded me of a long-time favorite from Bill Withers. I was just 10 when this song was released in 1972, but I'm now reminded that his lyrics are about ADVOCACY, about the need to lean on others at times in our lives.

As I run for State Senate for the surrounding towns that our state calls "District 32," I'll make the same offer that Bill Withers did years ago . . . lean on me . . . it would be my honor. Give the song a listen, it's just over 4 minutes long, keep doing your thing, but listen to the words. We could all use this reminder on occasion.

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS TO HOST DEBATE

UNAFFILIATED CANDIDATE CHALLENGES OPPONENTS TO OPEN DEBATE


     SOUTHBURY, CT (February 12, 2017) – The 32nd District State Senate race, set for a February 28th Special Election, just got a bit more interesting for voters in this 10-town district that represents 275 square miles west of Waterbury, stretching from Bethlehem and Washington in the north to Oxford and Seymour in the south.

     Petitioning candidate, Daniel M. Lynch of Middlebury, challenged his party-endorsed opponents to an open debate on the issues for which they’ll be tasked with serving as advocates in Hartford if elected. The League of Women Voters of Connecticut, and long-time debate moderator Jara Burnett of Greenwich, have agreed to host the event. A tentative date is set for Thursday evening, February 23rd, from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Southbury Town Hall. The debate format will be a moderated, timed question and answer format, with questions from the audience in writing.

     Lynch, an unaffiliated voter and technology marketing consultant to the genealogy industry, secured a position on the ballot last month by collecting signatures from voters in the district. He needed 502 signatures, but collected more than 620 in just five days.

     “The nature and timing of former Senator Kane’s resignation was shameful,” noted 54-year-old Lynch, a native of Waterbury’s Town Plot neighborhood. “The people and businesses of our district have gone nearly six weeks with absolutely no voice in our state senate, simultaneous with our Governor announcing cuts in aid to municipalities and other programs that, if implemented, could have a crippling impact on the progress that so many towns have made in recent years to responsibly manage local finances.”

     As an unaffiliated candidate, Lynch is certainly the most representative of area constituents – of the more than 67,400 registered voters, 44% are unaffiliated like Lynch. Republicans represent just 29% and Democrats fewer than 26%. The remaining 1.5% are comprised of minor party affiliates (Green Party, Independent Party, Libertarian Party, and Working Family Party).

     Dan is the only candidate to confirm his participation in this open public debate. The event will be broadcast live on YouTube, Facebook, Periscope and possibly elsewhere, filmed by Harwinton-based American News and Information Services. It will be available for on-demand viewing and likely rebroadcast on one or more public access cable channels prior to the February 28th Special Election. Connecticut’s 32nd Senatorial District is made up of parts of Middlebury and Seymour, as well as the entirety of the towns of Bethlehem, Bridgewater, Oxford, Roxbury, Southbury, Washington, Watertown, and Woodbury.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

GOVERNOR'S FY 2018-2019 BUDGET ADDRESS

I received a few calls and emails today, and one lone text message, from residents in the 32nd District asking how Governor Malloy's budget address on Feb. 8th will impact our towns. Various media outlets have already put their spin on things and while I have some thoughts, I thought you may find it helpful to watch the 28-minute address for yourself.


You may also find it informative to hear from the leaders of our two major political parties as to how they view the initial plans as set forth by our Democratic Governor.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

On Feb. 28th, CT will hold Special Elections for 2 open State Senate seats. What do YOU want to see in a State Senator? Please be candid . . . I've had some great dialog with many in person, but the snow may keep many inside tomorrow, so I'm reaching out here (and on Facebook).

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

LYNCH FILES TESTIMONY IN OPPOSITION TO HB-6200

Dan took time out from his 32nd District State Senate campaigning efforts to write to leaders and members of our Joint Committee on Judiciary in OPPOSITION to H.B. 6200, AN ACT CONCERNING THE PRESENTATION OF A CARRY PERMIT, proposed by Representatives Simmons (144th), Tong (147th) and Fox (148th). Rep. Tong is also co-chair of the Committee.

Over the last decade, Dan has studied extensively and met with experts in various aspects of constitutional law. While his personal advocacy efforts thus far have focused on Amendments I, IV, V, and XIV of our Federal Constitution, he is a strong supporter of all constitutional rights and opposes government interference and/or legislation which seeks to infringe upon these rights.

Watertown's Bagley Heads to State Geography Bee!

Watertown and other area residents will be represented proudly in Hartford very soon, but I'm not talking about the Special Election. I'm referring instead to the great showing by Lance Bagley, 11, a Swift Middle School 6th grader who won the district Geography Bee, beating out all other 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. Lance now heads to the Connecticut State Bee to be held on Friday, March 31, 2017.

The champion from each state will qualify to compete in the National Geographic Bee Championship to be held at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., May 15-17, 2017.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Record Volume of Emails Following Petitioning Process

While the feedback I've received during this run for State Senate has been amazing, I must admit to being a bit surprised by the volume of email I've received, mostly from people I've never met.

Today, I received 4,629 emails! Yes, you read that correctly. My heart skipped a few beats as I saw them streaming into my inbox. At the same time, I was on the phone with a woman who called for guidance on an issue relating to disability discrimination she has experienced in trying to access the services, programs and activities of our state courts. If I'm a bit slow to respond, please forgive me. I don't have a legislative aid, a campaign committee, or advisors . . . it's just me and a few trusted and very smart friends. Oh, and the nearly 68,000 voters of the 32nd District!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Senate Campaign Efforts Falling Into Place

When things click into place as they have since I declared my candidacy on Tuesday, the 17th of January, it is such a supportive feeling that this is all meant to be. That's not to say I've not hit a few speed bumps or potholes along the way, because I have, yet I've been able to navigate these obstacles with the help of far too many people to name here. 

The first few pieces of printed campaign material are now complete. As I shared on Facebook earlier today, I'm so thankful for decades of experience in product marketing because much of this activity is just 'muscle memory.' My mind and body not even having to think about things, just do what I've been doing for many years . . . only in this case, the 'product' is me and my own experience.

Here's just one image of the front side of a 5-inch by 7-inch postcard. This and other items can be previewed at a page dedicated to campaign marketing material.


Saw My Shadow

Well, today is Groundhog Day! I saw my shadow when I stepped outside, so that means 26 more days of campaigning until the Special Election for Connecticut State Senate, 32nd District.

Oh, and I'd also like to wish a Happy Birthday to my God Daughter Stephanie!!

Lastly, on this day in local history, it was on the 2nd of February in 1902 that the City of Waterbury was destroyed by fire. Read all about it at my web site GreaterWaterbury.com.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

State Senate Petitioning Effort a Success!

I'm pleased to announce that on Thursday, January 26, 2017, I received written confirmation from the Office of the Secretary of the State giving me notice that my efforts to petition onto the ballot were successful. To quote the letter, "Dear Mr. Lynch: Congratulations. The nominating petition filed with this office on behalf of the following candidate for the office listed below, as a Petitioning Candidate, has been examined as required by law and is hereby approved." The letter lists my name, Daniel M. Lynch, as candidate for State Senate, District 32.

My most sincere thanks to all who supported me in so many different ways, from here in the towns of the 32nd district, all across North America, and as far away as Australia and New Zealand. It is truly amazing to see so many people this excited about a local special election! 

In the days and weeks ahead, I will share more details about what I learned during the petitioning process, as well as thoughts and observations from the campaign trail.

Will an Injunction be needed to ensure an open Special Election?

Before I declared my candidacy for the Connecticut State Senate, just about everyone I spoke with told me what we've all been hearing for years — that politics is a dirty business. As an unaffiliated voter, the process of petitioning for the honor of appearing on the ballot is a daunting one, but I understand the importance of what that process represents, so I focused on the task at hand and set about meeting people in the district to ask for their support.

Many hundreds of people have expressed their excitement for my efforts. Not because they knew me, but because they too were/are an unaffiliated voter from within the 32nd Senatorial District. In fact, it appears I'm in good company because nearly 45% of all registered voters in this district are registered as unaffiliated. That is, by far, the dominant group represented, outpacing Republicans (29%) and Democrats (25%) by a significant margin.

Late yesterday, I was beyond disappointed to learn that at least five of my original nominating petition sheets from the Town of Southbury have somehow gone missing. That represents nearly 130 individuals from Southbury who have signed in support of my candidacy, but now cannot be accounted for. After carefully double and triple checking my records and copies of all petitions filed, and having two others also check my work, I'm now confident my records reflect more than enough signatures to have met the legal requirement of 502 electors. What I do know for certain is that 32 original nominating petition forms were hand delivered to the Office of the Secretary of the State ("SOTS") well before the 4:00 p.m. deadline this past Monday, January 23, 2017. In addition to those 32 sheets, I personally hand delivered 7 more originals to the clerks in Southbury, Watertown, and Woodbury. In all, there were 39 original nominating petitions received by either the Secretary of the State or a Town Clerk, as allowed by the rules.

For those petitions received by the SOTS, they then have the responsibility to coordinate confirmation of the original signatures on each petition with the respective towns to ensure the signatures and names appearing on the original Nominating Petitions do indeed correspond with electors in the town (meaning they are registered voters, living within the district).

The SOTS reports sending 6 sheets to Southbury, yet the office of the Town Clerk in Southbury reports having receiving just 1 such petition. Early this morning (Thursday, Jan. 26th), I alerted Connecticut Secretary of the State, Denise Merrill, by email to the possibility that either clerical error or interference in the election may result in the need for court action to ensure an open and fair election for ALL candidates, not just those affiliated with a major political party. We shall see how the Secretary responds to this urgent and important matter. Stay tuned.

UPDATE (Jan. 30th): While I was pleased to learn I had been confirmed and am on the ballot, it is still concerning that the process for Petitioning Candidates appears to have flaws, negatively impacting both the candidate and the Town Clerks who have to verify nominating petitions under very tight deadlines. In all, there were 12 original petitions that were unaccounted for as of close of business last Thursday, impacting nearly all towns in the district. I've been in close contact with all Town Clerks and will continue to watch this issue until all 39 petitions have been accounted for.

My special thanks to Connecticut's former Secretary of the State, Susan Bysiewicz, for her willingness to assist me, an unaffiliated petitioning candidate . . . even though she and I had never met or spoken before. Her immediate attentiveness and follow-up regarding this matter speak well of her sincere desire to ensure the integrity of our election process.  

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Republican-American Letter to the Editor

I submitted a Letter to the Editor earlier today, but didn't realize they have an understandable policy of not running such letters submitted by candidates for public office. My sentiments were important enough that I thought I'd share them on this post. Feel free to share a link with others so they can also receive my thanks.

25 January 2017 

Republican American 
Letter to the Editor 
389 Meadow Street 
Waterbury, CT 06712 

To the Editor: 

I am writing to thank you for your coverage, past and future, of the upcoming Special Election for the State Senate, 32nd District seat which impacts readers in Greater Waterbury and beyond, but also to thank the many residents in this area. 

Since the moment I publicly declared my intent to pursue the Connecticut State Senate seat as a petitioning candidate, I have been overwhelmed by the show of public support for my efforts, specifically because I am running as an unaffiliated voter. That support came from many who already knew of my efforts by reading the article which first appeared on your Web site on January 17, 2017, and then in your newspaper the following morning. 

The process to secure a spot on the ballot is a daunting one, especially for a special election which has such a tight calendar. In this day and age of identity theft and fraud virtually everywhere we turn, to be asking individuals to sign my petition, providing me with their signature, full name, date of birth and street address was no short order. The fact that so many trusted me, based on little more than eye-contact and a 30-second conversation – and a copy of your newspaper article in hand – means more to me than any of those signers will realize. 

I especially appreciate the fact that some openly shared that they would be voting for my opponents, and in one case had donated to support an opponent in this very special election, but yet they still believed in the open process and that I should have a chance to be considered by voters throughout the district. This speaks volumes for those individuals, and the amazing process we have to truly impact change in our country. 

I’m mindful of your rules which only allow me to submit one Letter to the Editor every 30 days, but have decided to send this today. As I type, it is before noon on Wednesday, and I still do not have confirmation from the Secretary of the State as to whether the names submitted on my nominating petition sheets will yield a sufficient number of valid, confirmed names of registered voters from within the district. My thanks, therefore, is to all those who I met during the last week, regardless of the outcome of my petitioning efforts. 

It was a humbling experience, and I extend my most sincere thanks to all those who supported my efforts – those who signed; those who took time to listen even if they refused to sign; the business owners who allowed me to share their space and their loyal customers; the friends who helped as petition circulators, as well as those who offered support through social media and otherwise. 

My willingness to participate in our political process, as an unaffiliated voter, has already rewarded me with an experience of a lifetime. 

Regards, 
Daniel M. Lynch

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Unaffiliated Voters Deserve a Color Too!

I've learned a lot since Rob Kane resigned his 32nd District State Senate seat on January 4, 2017. One thing I never knew was how or why the colors red and blue had come to visually define the Republican and Democratic parties, respectively, on the various maps reporting election results. As you might expect a professional genealogists to do, I researched the topic and created a short page (with interesting video). Use this link to learn about why red and blue colors are used.

What about us UNAFFILIATED VOTERS? Don't we deserve a color too? SURE we do . . . we make up the dominant portion of registered voters in this district (more than 44%), far outpacing the red (28%) or blue (25%). So, with that in mind, I've decided to declare GOLD (ok, well, yellow) as our color from this point forward. At least as far as this 2017 Connecticut Special Election is concerned. It's easily distinguished from red or blue, it's highly visible (which is why yellow and black are chosen for most school buses), and the fact that Dan's college alma mater, Bryant College — now Bryant University — is black and gold didn't hurt either.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Why is a Senior Auditing Role a Political Appointment?

It was with great interest I read yet another fine article written by Connecticut Mirror reporter Mark Pazniokas. This time, the topic was the confirmation hearing of former State Senator Rob Kane (R) before the Executive and Legislative Nominations Committee, seeking to fill a high-profile and high-paying job as Republican auditor of public accounts. 

Since I was busy meeting people in the 32nd District, asking for their show of support for me as a petitioning candidate, I was unable to attend the hearing in Hartford or watch it live on CT-N. If you'd like to watch a political dog-and-pony show, one which seeks to put on a good show for the taxpayers and voters of Connecticut, then you must watch the hearing now stored for on-demand viewing in the CT-N archive.

Many questions come to mind:
  • Why is an auditors role a political appointment?
  • How could someone with no auditing or management experience be considered to lead such a large team of auditors, and for such an important financial role?
  • Why was there not one single question, from anyone — Democrat or Republican — about the abrupt and carefully coordinated circumstances of Kane's resignation? 
Then there's the very name of the legislative committee itself, the "Executive and Legislative Nominations Committee." What happens in the event that a member of our state government or a member of the public learns of misuse of public funds by employees within our third branch of government, namely our Judicial Branch. Does our Judicial Branch get a free pass on violating the public trust, merely because they run our courts and can control anything and everything that happens therein, from the most trivial small claims matter, right up to and including final disposition of matters before our Supreme Court, the so-called 'Court of last resort,' in the words of our current Chief Justice, Chase T. Rogers.

Well, this is precisely the issue that came to a head on May 21, 2015 when I personally hand-delivered a detailed complaint to both of our state auditors of public accounts. I'm not a Democrat or Republican, I'm just a concerned citizen and taxpayer, having watched the corrupt business-as-usual attitude in our state for far too long. Both the Democratic state auditor, John C. Geragosian, and his balancing counterpart, Republican Robert M. Ward, received copies of my complaint made under sworn declaration. Even though their Web site touts a bold red stamp "Government Waste - Fraud - Abuse | REPORT IT," the silence from their offices since filing that complaint has been deafening.

It was Ward's resignation that set in motion the Senate resignation of Kane and my own decision to run as a petitioning candidate. Perhaps, one new voice at a time, we can take back our state government from those who seem to think it's an entitlement for continued employment and a lifetime pension. 

What do you think? Watch the CT-N confirmation hearing, read the CT Mirror article, and if you're really interested in the questions posed, take a look at the 2015 complaint I field . . . and then decide for yourself if something needs to be done about this.  

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Petitioning Candidate - Basics (Why, How, When, etc.)

If you're wondering what a 'Petitioning Candidate' is, you're in good company. It's been the top question I've fielded so far, so read on and I'll try to fill in some helpful details. If you're really curious and want the full legal discussion about candidates running in a special election (petitioning or otherwise), there is a great detailed document on the website for the Secretary of the State.

I've been humbled by the great press and overwhelming show of support in less than 24 hours since announcing my candidacy for Connecticut State Senate, 32nd Senatorial District. Two wonderful newspaper articles have already appeared and the calls to me and my family have been amazing. Glad to know that people are really interested, evening though it's not a general election cycle.

Petitioning Candidate
Basically and simply put, there are a few ways to run as a candidate for office. One can align with a particular political party and seek the endorsement of that party, either a 'Major Party Candidate' or a 'Minor Party Candidate.' In my case, I'm an unaffiliated voter and have been so my entire adult life. My understanding is that the 'Unaffiliated' category is the largest of all voter classifications in Connecticut, but I've not been able to find exact statistics for this post. If I do find them later, I'll update this post to reflect whatever the data shows, as long as it's published from a reliable source.

If an individual doesn't get the endorsement of their political party, they can still run, but they would either have to align with a different party or would have to follow the route that I've chosen.

As a Petitioning Candidate, I need to demonstrate that there is sufficient support in my district (in my case, Senatorial District 32) to have my name placed on the ballot. The mechanism to do so is for me to collect signatures on forms provided by the Office of the Secretary of the State. Our state statutes define how many signatures need to be collect. In my case, the number is equal to 1% of the total votes cast in the most recent General Election for the office I'm seeking — State Senate, 32nd District.

To be eligible to sign petitions supporting my candidacy, one needs to meet the following criteria:
  • Live in the district (See town names at top of page or view page for 32nd District)
  • Be at least 18 years of age and registered to vote in your town

If you are unsure which district your home address is in, use this link to Find Your Legislator in Connecticut. This is especially important for residents of Middlebury and Seymour which are split across two senatorial districts. You can also click those town name links to verify with the clerk that you are still registered to vote. The reason some towns are split is to ensure equal representation at the state level. Each of our 36 Senators represents just shy of 100,000 people. That's not an arbitrary number, but rather a calculation based on census figures. Since Connecticut has nearly 3.6 million residents, it calculates to approximately 100,000 people per Senator . . . so they've got to draw the lines somewhere.

Have you ever heard the phrase - Time is of the essence? Well, in layman's terms, it means GOTTA GET MOVING. My deadline to submit completed petitions to each of the ten town clerks is no later than 4:00 p.m. Monday, January 23, 2017.

I've loved all the support offered from all over the world (yes, in just 24 hours, comments from all over the United States, Canada, England, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand . . . all fun to read, but no, you can't sign the petition. Well - you could, but the signature wouldn't count. Our local town clerks have enough other work to do, so no, let's not make them cross you off my list.). I've even had an offer to help me campaign from a friend living in the district, but she's Swiss . . . and while we all love the Swiss, she can't help me collect signatures because she doesn't qualify under the rules as a 'Circulator' and rules are rules. Even my own parents, who live just minutes away in the City of Waterbury cannot sign to support my candidacy, because they live in a different senatorial district.

An article in one regional edition of the Waterbury Republican-American newspaper, 18 Jan 2017.


Lastly, if any Petitioning Candidate fails to collect the required signatures within the prescribed time limits, their name will not appear on the ballot. They can always continue to run as a 'Write In Candidate,' but that is a significant challenge, even for a person with a name as simple as Dan Lynch.

UPDATE: I'm pleased to announce that on Thursday, January 26, 2017, I received written confirmation from the Office of the Secretary of the State giving notice that my efforts to petition onto the ballot were successful. To quote the letter, "Dear Mr. Lynch: Congratulations. The nominating petition filed with this office on behalf of the following candidate for the office listed below, as a Petitioning Candidate, has been examined as required by law and is hereby approved." The letter lists my name, Daniel M. Lynch, as candidate for State Senate, District 32.

In the days and weeks ahead, I will share more details about what I learned during the petitioning process, as well as thoughts and observations from the campaign trail.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

WATERBURY NATIVE DAN LYNCH ANNOUNCES SENATE RUN

HARTFORD, CT (January 17, 2017) – In a continuation of the historic 2016 election season and now just days before the Presidential Inauguration in Washington D.C., things appear to be heating up in the world of Connecticut politics.
On January 4, 2017, Republican Senator Rob Kane stunned his constituents in Connecticut’s 32nd Senatorial District with his abrupt resignation, just minutes before he was scheduled to be sworn in for another two-year term. With nearly 100,000 residents across ten towns now left without a voice in Hartford, Waterbury native Dan Lynch decided now is the perfect time to leverage his personal and professional experience, as well as his energy and advocacy for the benefit of his family, friends and neighbors living in this district just west of the city that his family has lived in since the 1870s.

“In many ways, the timing couldn’t be better,” noted 54-year-old Daniel M. Lynch.
“While watching the opening day and signing-in ceremonies on CT-N, I found it amazing to learn this was the first time in 125 years our State Senate would open a session with an equal number of seats occupied by members from  the two major political parties.”

 Kane, a Republican, was just one of two Senate resignations that day. The other, equally surprising to many, was the announcement from long-time Democratic Senator Eric D. Coleman, 2nd District, who had served since 1995 and was head of the Joint Committee on Judiciary. The pair of resignations, one from each party, kept the historic balance in place, but now 17-17, with two seats to be filled following a Special Election scheduled for Tuesday, February 28, 2017. Republicans and Democrats have already announced candidates who plan to campaign for Kane’s vacated seat, but Lynch believes his unique qualifications and the current political climate present an opportunity for real choice to the constituents in the 32nd District.
To view the entire release, visit the link below (links to a PDF stored on GoogleDrive > 

Friday, January 13, 2017

Governor Issues Writ of Special Election

On the last day allowed by Connecticut General Statutes, the Governor today issued a Writ of Special Election, announcing a total of three seats which need to be filled in the General Assembly, two in the Senate and one in the House of Representatives.

The announcement came on the 10th day, including Wednesday, January 4th, 2017, when Senators Rob Kane and Eric Coleman resigned in tandem with one another.

Statutes also define parameters for when the Special Election will be held and that date is now set for Tuesday, February 28, 2017. Voters in towns impacted by these elections will be receiving more detailed updates at the local level in the coming weeks and days.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Joint Senate Resignations Evidence of Politics as Usual

As the Connecticut Mirror and other  media have reported, two long-time Connecticut State Senators have resigned their seat, just minutes before the swearing in ceremony for the new legislative session, and only 57 days after each had won re-election in their Senatorial District.

Rob Kane from the 32nd District is a Republican, and Eric Coleman from the 2nd District is a Democrat. Their joint resignations were reportedly worked out by agreement the night before, thereby preserving the evenly balanced makeup of our State Senate, something that hasn't happened in 125 years.

If you're thinking something doesn't smell quite right, you're not alone. We'll have to watch in the days ahead to learn what story will be fed to the public, but in this writers opinion, it's politics as usual. Likely some back room deal and promises to each of the two for being long-time loyal soldiers for their respective political party. 

The most insulting thing to voters of our state, in my opinion, is the fact that our elected officials can play games like this, assuming we are blind to what is going on and that they will merely retain the seats that they apparently believe already belong to them. Even the CT Mirror seemed to echo this sentimenet, "The seats are almost certain to be retained by their current parties in special elections."

Well, news flash to all those in Hartford, we are watching, we are aware, and we are not happy.

After all, the term UNAFFILIATED means just that.
It does NOT mean Uninformed.
It does NOT mean Uninterested.
It does NOT mean Uneducated.

THE 36 SENATE SEATS BELONG TO THE PEOPLE, NOT TO ANY POLITICAL PARTY.

The PEOPLE will now decide who they want to fill that seat for the balance of this term now underway.