Author: Stella Evans

Redding DTC Backs Allie-Brennan

Press Release

April 11, 2018, Redding CT—The Redding Democratic Town Committee voted unanimously to officially endorse Raghib Allie-Brennan for State Representative, District 2, at a recent meeting, in anticipation of the upcoming party conventions.

Mr. Allie-Brennan ran as the Democratic candidate for the district in 2016 in a close race, garnering 49% of the total vote in what has been generally considered a Republican stronghold. The 2nd district encompasses parts of Redding, Danbury, and Newtown; and all of Bethel. Will Duff, a Republican from Bethel, currently holds the seat.

“The DTC is excited that Raghib decided to run again for State Representative in the 2nd Assembly District” said DTC Chairman Dan Barrett. “Raghib is smart, hardworking, and energetic, and has the forward-looking ideas, practical solutions, and values that are right for CT and right for this district. I am very pleased that our DTC overwhelmingly, and with great enthusiasm, endorsed Raghib.”

As a former Congressional adviser in the U.S. House of Representatives, Mr. Allie-Brennan developed policy knowledge on energy and environmental issues, emergency response, Foreign Policy and civil rights. He has drafted environmental protection legislation that received bipartisan support, served as a lead staffer in efforts to secure Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding, and has testified before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights regarding environmental justice issue.

He is a board member for three Connecticut organizations: the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters, Triangle Community Center in Norwalk, and Vice President of the HERO Project which brings awareness and resources to the opioid epidemic in the Danbury area. In addition to his community and organizational commitments, Mr. Allie-Brennan maintains a day job helping small businesses secure grants and loans from the Department of Economic and Community Development at the firm Pastore & Dailey LLC in Stamford.”

Members of the Redding Democratic Town Committee who reside in the 2nd district were eager to comment on his candidacy following the vote.

“As a social worker I know how important it is that our elected officials have a commitment to their entire constituency,” said Sharon Young. “Having worked on his prior campaign, I see that Raghib is a team player, which is fitting because he is named after NFL player, Raghib ‘the Rocket’ Ismail. He’s not afraid to reach across the aisle to make change happen in Hartford. Change that helps everyone in the community. Raghib is a warm, approachable person who shows a genuine concern for the people in his district.”

Redding Town Selectman Peg O’Donnell said, “I, for one, am thrilled to be voting for Raghib this year. His knowledge of our district, his willingness to listen to all sides of the story and his enthusiasm for our state and its inhabitants makes me sure that he is the right choice. His youthful exuberance is a breath of fresh air in politics. He is just what we need. Someone who will take our concerns to Hartford and champion the values we cherish in Redding.
“We need Raghib to fight for sensible gun policy, fairness in taxation, and social values which reflect our need to build community. I will be cheering for him and helping in any way that I can.”
Mr. Allie-Brennan states that he is running with three purported goals: to support small businesses and help fix the state’s budget crisis; to stand up for public education; and to invest in Connecticut’s green energy future. More information can be found at
”I am honored and humbled to receive the endorsement of the Redding Democratic Town Committee,” said Mr. Allie-Brennan. “Thank you Chairman Barrett and the committee members for your support. I will work tirelessly to ensure Redding and the entire 2nd District has a seat at the table in our state legislature, and I’m happy to have you in my corner as we wage this battle.”

Photo: Raghib Allie-Brennan spent time with Redding Democrats at Century Club last fall. Pictured with Raghib are Diana Carlino, Cheryl Graziano, Mary Ann Carman, Michelle Krausche, Julia Pemberton, and Laura Hotchkiss (L-R). Photo Credit: Paula Darlington

Behind the Business Card: Visual Images for Social Media

Tuesday, April 17
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Using Visual Images for Social Media is the topic of April’s Behind the Business Card. Attendees are invited to join fellow business owners to share and discuss the photos, graphics, and tools they use to promote their businesses.

“Keep it simple,” advises professional photographer and Small Business Circle member Chris Rexon, who recommends putting your best foot forward by using high quality graphics and video. In an increasingly digital world, visual content can break through the clutter and help set businesses apart from the competition. Behind the Business Card is an ongoing series of lively discussions designed to create connections and build lasting business relationships.

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Distracted Driving Awareness Month

by ERCCC Parent Committee

This month is National distracted Driving Awareness Month. During the day, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones. April 30th, JBHS will host First Responders from both Easton and Redding to conduct a mock crash. This is an event that shows how much we care for our teens as a community and to teach them that distracted driving and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can have irreversible effects on our lives. When you see two towns taking time to simulate a real life-threatening situation for our teens, it makes us all realize how important it is to continually remind our children how to make safe and smart decisions.

Every day we are all presented with different choices. Teens need reminders of how to make good decisions in order to safeguard their own lives and the lives of others. To that end, the students who view the mock crash will be given Safety Cards to carry with them. The card will consist of emergency numbers, including Safe Rides, so they always have an option. Continuous education on safety is not a choice, it is a must, and JBHS is providing this education by hosting this event.