The New Britain, Berlin and Farmington communities will have a chance to let their voices be heard in the state’s District 6 Senate special election Tuesday. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The seat became vacant in January when former Democratic state Sen. Terry Gerratana accepted a role as an adviser in Gov. Ned Lamont’s administration.
Running for the seat are Republican Gennaro Bizzarro and Democrat Rick Lopes.
Both candidates running for the vacant seat have received endorsements and offered opinions on some of the proposals facing the state legislature this session.
Bizzarro and his team spent the last few days knocking on doors and making phone calls to residents.
Bizzarro said that his team and he were able to visit thousands of houses in the areas of New Britain, Berlin and part of Farmington.
Bizzarro has also been raising his voice in platforms like the radio and through social media posts.
Bizzarro said one of his main goals in his campaign efforts was to remind people that there is an election this Tuesday where their voices will be heard if they go out to vote. Bizzarro, who is opposed to the proposed tolls in Connecticut, said that this election gives residents a unique opportunity to tell the legislature how they feel about the proposed budget and the approach the governor is taking.
“Residents of the 6th District: Get out and vote tomorrow, Tuesday, February 26. Let your voice be heard. Say no to tolls, new taxes, and out of control spending policies,” Bizzarro said Monday through a Facebook post.
Lopes said that he was also out campaigning the last few days. Lopes and his team knocked on doors in the district, made phone calls and sent out mail.
“We prioritized talking to the voters,” Lopes said.
Lopez also promoted his campaign on social media sites.
“I am running to represent New Britain, Berlin, and Farmington in the Connecticut State Senate because I understand the needs and problems that the hard-working people of this community face-I face them myself,” Lopez said on a Facebook post.
Lopes said one of his concerns is that the community is not always active in coming out to vote.
“There’s not a lot of working class people up at the legislature and I’m hoping that people of this community want someone like me who understands the needs and the problems of regular, everyday folk to be up at the Capitol pushing for them,” Lopes said on a video through Facebook.
The polling locations are as follows:
Ward 1 - Voting District 1 Vance Elementary School, 183 Vance St.
Ward 1 - Voting District 2 VFW Post 511 Hall, 41 Veterans Drive
Ward 1 - Voting District 15 Slade Middle School, 183 Steele St.
Ward 2 - Voting District 3 Roosevelt Early Learning Center, 40 Goodwin St.
Ward 2 - Voting District 6 Angelico’s Restaurant, 542 East Main St.
Ward 2 - Voting District 9 Chamberlain Elementary School, 120 Newington Ave.
Ward 3 - Voting District 5 New Britain Senior Center, 55 Pearl St.
Ward 3 - Voting District 5-1 School Apartments, 50 Bassett St.
Ward 3 - Voting District 5-2 Graham Apartments, 107 Martin Luther King Drive
Ward 3 - Voting District 7 Generale Ameglio, 13 Beaver St.
Ward 3 - Voting District 8 International Church, 40 Acorn St.
Ward 4 - Voting District 10 Saint Francis Church Hall, 1755 Stanley St.
Ward 4 - Voting District 11 Holmes Elementary School, 2150 Stanley St.
Ward 4 - Voting District 13 St. John Paul II School, 221 Farmington Ave.
Ward 5 - Voting District 4 Gaffney Elementary School, 322 Slater Road
Ward 5 - Voting District 12 Pulaski Middle School, 757 Farmington Ave.
Ward 5 - Voting District 14 DiLoreto Elementary and Middle School, 732 Slater Road
District 1 - Emma Hart Willard School, 1088 Norton Road, Kensington
District 2 - American Legion Hall, 154 Porters Pass, Kensington
District 3 - Richard D. Hubbard School, 139 Grove St., East Berlin
District 4 - Berlin Senior Center, 31 Colonial Drive, Kensington
District 5 - Mary E. Griswold School, 133 Heather Lane, Kensington
District 6 – Irving A. Robbins Middle School
Karla Santos can be reached at 860-801-5079 or email@example.com.