Redding Pilot: "Democrat eyes 26th Senate District seat"Many of you might know John Hartwell as the Treasurer for Ned Lamont's ground breaking 2006 Senate campaign. Of course, there's much more to him than that, so visit the John Hartwell 2008 website to learn more.
Mar 7, 2008 - Page One
by Susan Wolf
John Hartwell knows where he wants to put his name come November — on the Democratic Party's ballot for the state's 26th Senate District.
Mr. Hartwell, of Westport, a strategy consultant to the financial services industry, has been quietly campaigning and amassing money for his run for the party's nomination at the May 19 state convention. If he is successful, he could be pitted against longtime Senator Judith Freedman, also from Westport. She has not yet announced her intention to seek another term.
John is raising funds for his campaign, and he's just about at the threshold of the required $15,000 to qualify for public funding. However, while he just about has all the cash required, he still needs a number of individual donors to meet the "contributor threshold", which is a minimum of 300 contributors within the 26th District.
That means if you (and your spouse, along with friends, family, and acquaintances within that district) want to get on board with a true Democrat, all you need to do is make a small donation (minimum $5 - yup, just five measly bucks!) to John's campaign.
First, you need to be a resident in ANY of these towns, even if you don't live exactly within the boundaries of the 26th District: Westport, Bethel, New Canaan, Wilton, Redding, Ridgefield, or Weston.
Simply download and print THIS FORM, fill it out and send it with your check to the address listed on it.
A five dollar contribution is as good as a $100 one, so you get more value for your buck if you fill out one form and make a contribution, and your spouse fills out another and writes a separate check.
The landmark Connecticut Public Funding law has made it easier for more people to run for office. Without it, there might not have been a Democratic challenger in the 26th District this year. And it helps keep the playing field level and reduces the amount of influence the large contributors, corporate lobbyists and PACs have on a candidate.
Look for more info about John's run on this blog, and please make a minimum contribution if you live in the 26th!