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Greenwich Republicans open election headquarters

September 27, 2018

GREENWICH — Greenwich Republicans were in the mood to celebrate Wednesday night, but they were also aware of the work to be done in the weeks before Election Day.

A crowd packed the room as the Greenwich Republican Town Committee officially opened its campaign headquarters in the Mill Pond Shopping Center in Cos Cob. This will be GOP central for the local legislative races as well as for the gubernatorial campaign of Bob Stefanowski and Congressional candidate Harry Arora, a town resident.

“The work isn’t just starting tonight,” RTC Chairman Richard DiPreta said at the opening. “This is our formal opening, but we’ve had people working for months. ... There is something to be said, though, for the formality of opening a headquarters, where now Republicans at large have a place to come for lawn signs and bumper stickers and to come speak with fellow Republicans.”

Hosting a party for the official opening does a lot for morale, too, with so much work ahead, DiPreta said.

“The more time you spend with people in a fun, social, entertaining setting, the closer you get with them and you bond,” he said. “That helps down the road when you have people coming together to work on campaign events. It’s like a big family.”

All four GOP candidates for the state legislature were in attendance: Sen. L. Scott Frantz, R-36, and Reps. Michael Bocchino, R-150, and Fred Camillo, R-151, are facing Democratic challengers, but Rep. Livvy Floren, R-149, is running unopposed.

Supporters picked up lawn signs and bumper stickers at the party. More campaign swag is available for any interested residents who want to stop in.

“We’re encouraging anybody in town or wider to feel free and drop by,” DiPreta said.

The RTC is also looking for volunteers to help out at the headquarters, answering the phones and working at events in the final weeks of the campaign. The Republicans are looking to re-elect the four incumbent legislators and elect a new governor and congressman from their party.

“This is an important year,” DiPreta said. “We’re looking to take back Connecticut. Our job as the Greenwich RTC is to help get our message out and then get the vote out.”

The Greenwich Democratic Town Committee is expected to open a campaign headquarters next week, but no official announcement has been made.

kborsuk@greenwichtime.com

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