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For Bethel, Ballot Goes Beyond Just Clinton Vs. Trump

Democratic incumbent Elizabeth Esty will face challenger Clay Cope for the 5th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Democratic incumbent Elizabeth Esty will face challenger Clay Cope for the 5th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Photo Credit: Contributed

BETHEL, Conn. — Much of the political spotlight is focused on the heated ballot for the presidency between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump.

But voters in Bethel are also set to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 8, in a number of races that are much closer to home.

Voters will be casting ballots in races for the U.S. Senate and House:

  • U.S. Senate: Democrat incumbent Richard Blumenthal of Greenwich vs. Republican challenger Dan Carter of Bethel vs. Libertarian challenger Richard Lion of Manchester vs. Green Party challenger Jeffery Russell of Glastonbury
  • 5th District U.S. House: 5th District U.S. House: Republican challenger Clay Cope vs. Democrat incumbent Elizabeth Esty

There are also races for each of Bethel's two State Senate seats (residents vote only in their district):

  • State Senate District 24: Republican incumbent Michael A. McLachlan vs. Democrat challenger Kenneth Gucker
  • State Senate District 26: Republican incumbent Toni Boucher vs. Democrat challenger Carolanne Curry

For the State House, there are two different districts in Bethel (residents vote only in their district):

  • State House District 2: Democrat Raghib Allie-Brennan vs. Republican William Duff
  • State House District 107: Republican Stephen G. Harding is running unopposed

In town elections, residents will choose one candidate each in the races for Registrar of Voters and Judge of Probate:

  • Registrar of Voters: Democrat incumbent Nancy J. Ryan or Republican incumbent Timothy Beeble
  • Judge of Probate: Democrat Sharon Wicks Dornfeld vs. Republican Daniel O'Grady

And for president and vice president, four teams are on the ballot:

  • Democrats Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine;
  • Republicans Donald Trump and Mike Pence
  • Libertarian Party's Gary Johnson and Bill Weld
  • Green Party's Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka
  • Or you can do a write-in candidate.

Click here to see a sample ballot for Bethel from the secretary of the state's website.

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