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CONNECTICUT DEMS ELECT NEW PARTY LEADERSHIP FOR 2015-2016 ELECTION CYCLE

Hartford, CT – The Democratic State Central Committee (DSCC) – the governing body of the Connecticut Democratic Party – elected its new leadership tonight in a meeting at Party headquarters in Hartford.

Nick Balletto (Guilford), who currently serves as vice chair, will assume the role of chair on February 1. Nancy DiNardo (Trumbull) who has served as chairwoman of the Party for the last 10 years will then assume the role of vice chair.

“I am honored to be elected as the next chair of the DSCC and am excited to help build on the successes Connecticut Democrats have achieved in recent years,” stated Balletto. “I’m grateful to the Governor, Lt. Governor, our statewide Democratic leaders, and the DSCC for their confidence and look forward to working closely with them over the next two years.”

Balletto, who has served as vice chair since 2011, is a tax accountant with Balletto, Shariff & Associates in New Haven. He was a Democratic town committee chair of New Haven from 1996 to 2002 and a former member of the New Haven Board of Alderman from 1988 to 1989. He received his M.B.A. from Sacred Heart University and a B.S. from the University of New Haven. Balletto also serves on the Executive Committee of the Association of State Democratic Chairs (ASDC) which advocates for Democrats across the country.

“I am proud of the gains we have made as Democrats both electorally and in public policy over the last decade, and look forward to working the Nick to continue these successes,” stated DiNardo. DiNardo was the first woman to be elected as chair in the history of the Connecticut Democratic Party. She was an educator in the Bridgeport school system for 30 years. She was also a Democratic town committee chair in Trumbull from 1983 to 2013 and former town councilwoman in Trumbull from 1971 to 1975. DiNardo also serves as chair of the Eastern Regional Caucus of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and is a member of the Executive Committee of the DNC. She is currently on the Board of Directors of Griffin Hospital in Derby.

Joshua Hall (Hartford) was also elected as treasurer of the DSCC and Barbara Gordon (West Hartford) will resume the role of secretary for the next term.

“This is a Party that is poised to continue to play a role electorally as well as in advocating for our democratic ideals on the local, state, and federal levels,” added Michael Mandell, CDP’s Executive Director. “As this new slate of leaders takes office on February 1 and serves through the 2015-2016 election cycle, I am confident they will be successful in partnering with municipal races this fall, and the presidential, congressional and general assembly races next year.”

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CHAIRWOMAN DINARDO’S STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT OBAMA’S STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS

Hartford, CT — Connecticut Democratic Party Chairwoman Nancy DiNardo released the following statement tonight on President Barack Obama’s 2015 State of the Union address:

“Tonight, President Obama laid out his proposals to continue moving this country in the right direction – with responsible and smart initiatives that will continue strengthening our economy, growing our middle class, and keeping our nation competitive in today’s global economy,” stated DiNardo.

“Continuing to strengthen our economy should be our number one priority and from economic reforms that include the expansion of middle-class tax benefits, to closing loopholes that keep the nation’s wealthiest from paying their fair share, to following Connecticut’s lead in providing paid sick leave to our workers and caregivers, the President’s proposed investments are right on the mark.

“Connecticut Democrats understand the link between an educated and trained workforce and that of a strong economy, and also stand with the President in his call for investments in education including making college more affordable.

“The President showed real leadership tonight in having the right priorities to move our country – and economy – forward. We look forward to Connecticut’s Congressional leaders working with the President to support our middle class, and Governor Malloy’s Administration advancing the initiatives at our state level.”

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CHAIRWOMAN DINARDO’S STATEMENT COMMEMORATING MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY 2015

Hartford, CT — Connecticut Democratic Party Chairwoman Nancy DiNardo released the following statement in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day:

“I stand with my great state of Connecticut and this nation today in commemorating Dr. King’s work and his legacy, and the issues and ideals he championed and to which he dedicated his life – including the right to vote,” stated DiNardo.

“We have made great strides across the country in making Dr. King’s dream of equality and racial justice a reality, but we recognize there is more work to be done. As a nation, we have a responsibility to honor and live up to his dream not only today, but every day – and our country will be greater and stronger by doing so.”

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CT DEMS GRATEFUL TO SENATOR FASANO FOR HIS SUPPORT OF GOVERNOR MALLOY’S TRANSPORTATION AGENDA

Hartford, CT — Connecticut Democratic Party Executive Director Michael Mandell released the following statement today thanking State Senator Len Fasano for his support of Governor Dan Malloy’s transportation agenda:

“Today, Governor Malloy took a bold step by announcing he will propose a constitutional amendment to “lock box” revenues — because our trains should operate like subways, because congestion on our roads should no longer cost us time and dollars, and because we need a transportation system that will attract new companies and create more jobs now and in the future,” stated Mandell.

“As the Governor initiates this dialogue on an infrastructure, it is good to know that Senator Fasano agrees with the Governor that a Constitutional amendment is a logical first step. This is, simply, a commonsense idea that we should all come together on — and we are glad the Senator, as recently as yesterday, said he agrees with Governor Malloy’s approach.”

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