New Canaan Democrats campaign hard as Election Day nears
During the past several elections, the New Canaan Democrats usually merged with Stamford and Norwalk for the purposes of a headquarters. This year seems to buck that trend completely.
"We are trying to reach out to every voter possible," said David Kostek, DTC vice chairman. "We want to send a message to all voters."
History shows that mid-term elections after swearing in a new presidential administration generally go a certain way. Many political pundits believe the Democrats will lose the current majority they are carrying in the House and Senate.
Kostek, however, has other ideas.
"Connecticut will defy the national trend. Connecticut voters are not as susceptible to vote emotionally. They vote with their heads," he said.
Ginny Apy, DTC chairwoman, also commented on the new headquarters.
"The Republicans don't have a headquarters yet. I think we have put the pressure on them."
Republican Town Committee Chairman James T. O'Hora, said that they "are close to securing a headquarters." The last time the RTC had a headquarters in New Canaan was in 2008 on Main Street where the New Canaan Toy Store was located.
Regarding the sudden need for a DTC headquarters in New Canaan Apy said, "We used to share a headquarters in Norwalk and Stamford. However, this year is a very important and crucial election. Norwalk, Stamford, and New Canaan all have separate headquarters."
Despite the long road ahead, Apy remains optimistic and enthusiastic.
"I am thrilled after 14 years to have a headquarters in New Canaan again. I love the location we were able to find and the size is perfect. Our goal is to support the Democratic slate in every way possible and have fun doing it," she said.
"Democrats should be proud of supporting and working for their victory. Having a headquarters in town makes that easier for folks to do."
The headquarters will serve as a place for local Democrats to congregate and to participate in everything from viewing parties for debates to events with candidates.
"The time has come to be sure New Canaan knows the Democrats are here and proud of what we stand for." Apy said
In the short amount of time the headquarters has been running, Apy has already seen some positive results.
"We have had an influx of volunteers here in New Canaan, I believe that is because we have a headquarters and it is easier for folks to help."