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Residents Meet GOP Candidates

Lorraine Wetmore, a registered Democrat, joined a roomful of Republican candidates and voters Sunday at the Westport Republican Town Committee's fourth annual Autumn Soirée. She was there because she’s leaning toward voting Republican next month.

Wetmore, whose husband, Tim, is vice chairman of the Westport RTC, said she is concerned about "the state of the economy this past year with Obama. It's about the economy: getting jobs back, getting real estate back up, and getting people working again."

Wetmore said that Linda McMahon , candidate for U.S. Senate, and Dan Debicella , candidate for the 4th District congressional seat, resonate most when it comes to the economy.

Like Wetmore, Neil Wessan, an RTC member from District 5, said getting the economy back on track is his No. 1 concern.

"Jobs are extremely important. With high unemployment rates, the tax revenue is hurt," Wessan said. "Hartford needs a big bucket of cold water dumped over its head. It's time to wake up."

Wessan said he plans to vote Republican down the ballot.  And though he supports all the party's candidates, there are three in particular he's been following closely.

"I think Dee Dee [Brandt], Dan [Debicella] and Nitzy [Cohen] can bring good changes both in Washington and in Hartford, which is out of control," he said.

Of the party's 13 candidates, those in attendance included Dan Debicella, Nitzy Cohen , Toni Boucher , Mark Boughton , Dee Dee Brandt , Jan Bryniczka , Martha Dean , Jerry Farrell and Jeff Wright . And when it came time to speak, they all exuded confidence.

"We're going to win, there's no question!" Martha Dean told the crowd. "You're going to be very happy with the results of your hard work on Nov. 2."

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