Fairfield Election Guide

The candidates, incumbents and issues that will be affecting the town of Fairfield.


As we look ahead to November’s elections, Fairfield Patch is devoted to bringing you the information you need about every race in town. Here's our start on the candidates and issues we'll be covering as November draws near. Bookmark this page for updates.



(R-132): Kupchick is a on Fairfield Patch who’s seeking her second term representing the town in Hartford. As Kupchick says on her campaign website, she operates a small business with her husband.

(D-133): First elected in 2006 following what she describes on her campaign website as a grassroots effort born two years earlier, Fawcett in her most recent package that she says “directly reflects what teachers and progressive educators know works to improve our schools.”

(R-134): Hwang, first elected in 2008, garnered nearly 70 percent voter support in 2010. A who last wrote about , Hwang keeps up an active calendar of events he’s participating in, right on his campaign website.

Heather Dean (D): Dean, a Fairfield resident, is opposing Tony Hwang. On her Website, she says, "I have earned a reputation for collaborating with others to get the job done. It's not just about advocating for change, it's about rolling up your sleeves and making it happen." She is active in her community.

John McKinney (R-25th): McKinney was first elected to the State Senate in 1998 and became Minority Leader in 2007. McKinney defeated Democrat Mitchell Fuchs by a 68-32 percent margin in 2010. McKinney—who — for U.S. Senate.

Sue Brand (D): Brand, a Fairfield resident and current member and former chair of the Board of Education, . Brand has been endorsed by former State Rep. Thomas Drew.

Kevin Coyner (D): Coyner, a resident of the town's Pine Creek area, is also vying for a seat as the State Representative for the 132nd district. He served as a member of the Greenwich Representative Town Meeting before moving to Fairfield three years ago. He's a Greenwich firefighter and told


Jim Himes (D): The congressman, who on Patch, is seeking his third term in the 4th district and has recently focused his efforts on job growth, expanding veterans' rights and strengthening domestic violence laws.

Steve Obsitnik (R): The Westport businessman, who , said when he that leadership in Washington is needed to "support entrepreneurship, excellence in education, fiscal responsibility and private sector job growth."


Susan Bysiewicz (D): The former Secretary of State about the importance of small business in creating jobs in the state. "If we’re serious about job creation we need to send leaders to Washington who understand small business,” she said. “As the wife of a small business owner I know about that. Before my head hits the pillow every night I get an earful about small business.”

Chris Murphy (D): The congressman, , has been , but his response is that he's "proud" of his record and the way Congress has handled Wall Street reform.

Sylvester Salcedo (D): The Bridgeport lawyer is known for being one of the few Asian-Americans to run for U.S. Senate in the 2012 election — perhaps now the only one since — as well as driving to the Mexican border earlier this year to gain a some attention for his campaign.

Lee Whitnum (unaffiliated): The Greenwich resident spark some controversy when because Gov. Malloy and Rep. Chris Murphy are "lying to the people to pander to the ultra conservative branch of the Jewish community." She announced in June that she would

Linda McMahon (R): , the former WWE CEO is a clear frontrunner in the U.S. Senate race along with Rep. Murphy. She recently shared her .

Chris Shays (R): The former congressman, who lost his seat to Himes in 2008, recently turned to Republican political strategist Karl Rove for assistance with his campaign.

Kie Westby (R): , the Southbury attorney said that career politicians have had their chance to make changes. "It requires a fresh face, a fresh approach," he said. Although he hasn't officially suspended his campaign, Westby recently announced that he wouldn't submit the signatures required to be part of the Republican primary.

Coralee Reiss June 18, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Please include the two democrats who are primarying August 14th for state rep in 132nd district. I'm sure it was an oversight.
Caitlin Mazzola June 20, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Sue Brand & Kevin Coyner have been added -- please let me know if there's anyone else that was missed.
Wei guoying August 03, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Sue Brand should never have been “endorsed” by the DTC. In fact, all my sources say her “endorsement was a sham”. She won by 1 vote in a way that cast a shroud of doubt over the emerging democratic political machine controlled by self-interested party hacks. She got her husband to join the DTC just days before the internal vote for “endorsement” so that he could vote for her. Magically, Elaine Gaffney (who had to move out of her house into temporary housing) switched her DTC rep district a few days before the vote so she could vote for Sue Brand, then moved out of Fairfield altogether just a couple of months later. Sue Brand got several other friends to join too so they could vote for her. In other words, if this were the Olympics, she would have been disqualified. But this is politics so she’s spinning this as “endorsement” like God personally handed her the Ten Commandments. Sue Brand has now dragged several other people into what looks like shady DTC “I’ll scratch your back if you scratch mine” politics.
Brandi Smith August 03, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Sue Brand’s cronies are not anything I care about, but I can say I Sue Brand’s potential conflicts of interest are disturbing. I think she will be under pressure from her husband, Patrick Brand, to take stands on issues for the benefit of the Brand family. Mr. Brand is head of Pitney Bowes U.S. mailing division. His division has major employment pressures; he has been firing thousands of workers and is one of the largest employers in Connecticut. How will Ms. Brand vote on employment related issues when they impact her husband’s business? Patrick Brand and the rest of Pitney Bowes management have made gobs of money in salary, bonus and other comp in recent years while firing employees. They have done so while the share price of Pitney Bowes (PBI) has dropped over 70% (from $48 to $14 over five years). PBI is widely held by pension funds and retirees. How will Ms. Brand vote on executive compensation and corporate incentive related issues that will directly impact her husband, Patrick Brand? Pitney Bowes has huge state and federal mailing related contracts. How will Ms. Brand vote on these? I don’t think people are aware of the extent to which she is conflicted. Even if she disqualifies herself from voting on issues on which she is conflicted, these issues are important and numerous – how effective can she then be? Has anyone asked these questions? Has she addressed them? The answer is no. This is just a dirty little secret.
Sharpie November 05, 2012 at 08:48 AM
Make a special note to remember to watch the Free and Equal Election Debate between third party candidates for the Presidency, Gov. Gary Johnson (Libertarian) and Dr. Jill Stein (Green) to be aired tonight on Monday evening, Nov. 5th from 9:00 - 10:30 pm Eastern Time. Perform a worthwhile civic duty, and be certain to listen in on this historic debate so that you can make an informed decision on voting day. Third party candidates who will be on the ballot in most states deserve to be heard. http://freeandequal.org/?v=1


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