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Dems Are Ready For Elections

Go, fight, win was a message shared by Democratic candidates and voters Sunday at a brunch/pep rally that left many attendees, like Westporter Martha Aasen, charged up for Election Day.

Aasen, former chairwoman of the Westport Democratic Town Committee, said she is voting Democrat on the entire ticket Nov. 2.

"I'm a Yellow Dog Democrat ," Aasen laughed. "But it's not just because I'm a Democrat. The people we have running for office are exceptionally qualified. They're people that should be in office."

Like many voters, Aasen said the economy is a major issue for her. As such, she said her main concern is getting Democratic candidates elected.

"My biggest fear is we won't have enough people voting," Aasen said. "We absolutely have to get the vote out. God knows we don't need apathy: We need everyone to vote."

For Jim Ezzes, chairman of the Westport Democratic Town Committee , boosting the economy and creating jobs are top issues.

"This is where Dan Malloy is so effective," Ezzes said of the party's gubernatorial candidate. "Look at what he's done for Stamford. If Dan can do for the state what he did for Stamford, we're in business."

And though Ezzes is confident the Democrats will win big, like Aasen, he's concerned about turnout.

"This is probably one of the strongest tickets I've seen in 20 years, but we still have to get the vote out," he said.

And to keep supporters motivated over these next two weeks, candidates Dan Malloy , Jim Himes , John Hartwell , Jonathan Steinberg , Denise Nappier and Cynthia Blumenthal, wife of candidate Richard Blumenthal , offered words of encouragement at the brunch, hosted by the Westport Democratic Town Committee.

"It's been 24 years since Connecticut has had a Democratic governor. It's up to you to do everything in your power to turn that around and help us take our state back," Malloy said.

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