WESTPORT — Local Democrats were rearing to go in preparation for the November elections at the Westport Democratic Town Committee headquarters opening celebration on Sept. 8.

From Staples High School student volunteers to voters who have seen many an election, the DTC headquarters was packed with enthusiasm from end to end. Those who spoke radiated a sense of urgency in mobilizing to capture a Democratic sweep this election cycle.

“Across the board, down the line, issue by issue, you don’t have to agree on everything, but you have to acknowledge the Democrats’ hearts and minds are in the right place,” said state Rep. Jonathan Steinberg, D-136. “So I’m really challenging you all to get out there, to confront your friends, to get friends who are like-minded to come here, to contact us, to volunteer.”

Steinberg faces off against Republican Planning and Zoning Chairwoman Cathy Walsh this coming election.

“It’s on all of us this year. There’s too much at stake for us not to get the right people involved and win all these elections. I am counting on you,” Steinberg said. “All of us together can assure the kind of outcome we deserve as a state and we deserve here in the town of Westport.”

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Targeting New Hampshire

Like Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, her opponent, Donald Trump, is investing more resources in New Hampshire than in Connecticut.

The Republican presidential nominee’s state campaign director, Ben Proto, sent an email urging supporters to volunteer in New Hampshire.

“As you know, New Hampshire is a battleground state and is critical to ensuring victory. You can either volunteer for the day or for the weekend,” Proto wrote. “This is a great way to help Donald Trump and Mike Pence win this very important election.”

Both campaigns have urged Connecticut voters to help in battleground states.

Hillary Clinton’s state director for her presidential campaign, Tommy Hyde, was on hand to lend insight into how her camp plans to take on the state as Nov. 8 creeps up. He lauded the work state Democrats have put into the campaign thus far.

“Just so everyone is aware, Connecticut was probably one of the fastest states to get organized, right behind California and Massachusetts,” Hyde said. “We’ve built it up fast, and we’re putting out somewhere between 6,000 and 7,000 phone calls a week, anywhere between half to three-quarters out of state.”

Hyde said with some help, he believes Clinton will win Connecticut’s 1st, 3rd and 4th Congressional districts, but the 2nd and 5th — the rural areas Bernie Sanders captured in the Democratic primary — are up in the air. The campaign just installed its fourth phone bank in the 5th Congressional District, along with its third office in the 2nd Congressional District.

DTC Chairwoman Melissa Kane and Hyde said they would be organizing bus trips to New Hampshire for volunteers in the coming weeks.

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