MERIDEN — All Manny Santos wanted to do was help out the Republican Party by accepting the nomination as a placeholder candidate to run against Democratic incumbent Michael S. Rohde. Santos and the Republicans expected to name a viable candidate … more ...
MERIDEN — Democrats hung onto three of six City Council seats up for grabs Tuesday while Republicans picked up a seat in a razor- close at-large race. Republican Lenny Rich bested Democrat David Salafia by 35 votes leading to a … more ...
MERIDEN — Democrat Kyle Abercrombie is the newest member of the Board of Education after Tuesday’s election. The recent University of Connecticut graduate and legislative aide for state Sen. Beth Bye was thrilled to see the numbers come out in … more ...
Fundraising slow in Meriden’s race   Published Oct 31, 2013
MERIDEN — Both mayoral candidates collected only a handful of contributions in the final filing period before the Nov. 5 election. The Republican challenger raised significantly more with his five donations than Democratic incumbent Mayor Michael S. Rohde, who still … more ...
MERIDEN — Two veteran Board of Education members have endorsed five candidates in next week’s election. Board President Mark Hughes, a Democrat, and board secretary Robert E. Kosienski Jr., a Republican, said they both like the current board and how … more ...
MERIDEN — Sitting at the breakfast table one morning in 2008, Nancy Rohde turned to her husband and asked if he had ever thought about being mayor. Michael S. Rohde, a city councilor since 1989, gave a laugh before explaining … more ...
Santos: No longer a placeholder   Published Oct 27, 2013
MERIDEN — A native of Portugal whose family left the country in search of a better life, Manny Santos never grew up dreaming of one day becoming a mayor. Even as an adult, he had barely considered running for public … more ...

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MERIDEN — While the suspension, expulsion and arrest rate has gone down throughout the school system, Board of Education candidates say more can be done to deter bad behavior while finding alternatives to severe punishment. Several school board candidates have … more ...
Meriden campaigns raising funds   Published Oct 17, 2013
MERIDEN — The Republican challenger in the city’s mayoral race had a strong start to fundraising, collecting more than the Democratic incumbent in the most recent filing period, though Mayor Michael S. Rohde still holds a lead in overall funds. … more ...
MERIDEN — Area 1 City Council candidate Joseph Luca has withdrawn his name from the ballot with less than a month to go before the November election. Luca, a member of the We the People Party who was cross-endorsed by … more ...
Though he does not disagree with many of the current efforts to improve the city of Meriden, specifically in downtown, Republican mayoral candidate Manny Santos has strong feelings about what more could be done and should have been done to … more ...
Meriden Mayor Michael S. Rohde says he is most proud of taking on projects that other administrations have ignored over the years. “Leave the place better than you found it,” he recalls his father telling him at an early age. … more ...
MERIDEN — A competitive Board of Education race has begun in the city with nine candidates vying for five seats. Three Democrats, two Republicans and four We the People party members are in the running this election season. Most said … more ...
MERIDEN — The Republican Town Committee has nominated a placeholder for the last three mayoral elections, including this year’s, while party heads continued the search for a viable candidate. In 2009, longtime Republican James F. Belote, a former councilor and … more ...
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