Registered Democrats Only
September 12th, 2023
On September 12th there will be a primary election for the residents of the Third District. There is only one position on the ballot: Town Council. Alvin O’Neal, who was endorsed by the Stratford Democratic Town Committee, is being challenged by Michael Singh.
The September 12th primary will be held only in the 3rd District, and only among Democrats. You can cast a ballot early via Absentee Ballot or at the polls at Johnson House on September 12th. From 6 a.m. until 8 p.m.
To receive an absentee ballot contact the Town Clerk or go to: https://www.stratfordct.gov/…/APPLICATION_ABSENTEE
To check on your party registration: https://portaldir.ct.gov/sots/LookUp.aspx
To see the District 3 primary election ballot: https://www.stratfordct.gov/…/BALLOT_FOR_SEPT._12%2C
Democrats Alvin O’Neal and Michael Singh, who both previously served on the council, are competing for the right to represent their party in the District 3 race this fall, according to Democratic Registrar James Simon.
The primary, scheduled for September 12th will mark the second time the two rivals will compete in a party contest. In 2001, Singh surprised local officials when he narrowly defeated O’Neal in a low-turnout primary before winning the general election.
The winner will face Republican Joseph Bertone in the November 7th general election.
Despite being held during a year when the office of the mayor is not on the ballot, the council races have already drawn significant interest. As of last month, seven of the candidates have collected a total of nearly $40,000, according to campaign finance reports.
Much of the money has been raised in the District 7 race, a pivotal contest that could decide which party controls the council. Democrat Kaitlyn Shake, who currently represents District 2 but was recently redistricted into District 7, is challenging incumbent Republican Jean-Marie Sutton in the centrally located district.