Joe Courtney Town Hall

Congressman Joe Courtney is hosting a general-topics Town Hall meeting in Norwich Thursday February 23 2017, 6:30 pm (doors open at 6:00 pm) at Kelly Middle School 25 Mahan Dr. Norwich, CT 06360. Click here for more info.

Crumbling Foundations

The State Legislature is hearing testimony on the 15+ bills regarding crumbling foundations on Tuesday, February 28th 2017 in Hartford. The Town of Tolland is gauging interest in providing a bus for residents interested in testifying. If you would like to reserve a spot on the bus, please call the Town Manager’s office at 860-871-3680. For more information, click here for the notice from the Town Manager.

Getting Involved

For all Tolland residents who are interested in getting involved with LOCAL issues, please join us! We meet the first Thursday of each month from 7-9pm in Town Hall Conference Room B.

If you want more information, please reach out to our new Chair, Katie Murray at

Important Notice from DTC Chair Steve Jones

To the Members of the Tolland Democratic Town Committee:

I must regretfully inform you that, effective January 1st, 2017, I will be stepping down as a member of the Tolland Democratic Town Committee and resigning as Chair, as I will be relocating to another town in Connecticut and can no longer legally serve.

I want to thank all of you for the trust you have placed in me since I joined in August 2012, serving as Secretary from October 2012 until June 2013, and then serving as your Chairman since July 2013.

It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve the Democratic Party in Tolland. Together we have fought and succeeded on passing local bonding issues, multiple budget referendums, and campaigning to elect Democratic majorities on the Board of Education and Town Council. We sometimes struggled and did not always succeed, but where we did succeed we successfully maintained a high standard of living, established positive financial ratings, and developed a comprehensive education system and policies for our community.

Thank you all for the wonderful memories, lasting friendships, and invaluable skills I have gained over the years. I hope to stay in touch with many of you and provide any assistance possible during this transition period.

Steve Jones
Chair, Tolland Democratic Town Committee

Vacancies on Tolland Boards/Commissions

To DTC Members & Friends:
 As you are all aware, there are a number of vacancies for boards/commissions in town. One of our top vacancies we would like to fill is a Democratic alternate for the Zoning Board of Appeals, which must be approved by the Tolland DTC before being sent to the Town Council for approval.
If you know of a friend/neighbor (preferably a registered Democrat, but can be Unaffiliated as well) in town that may have interest in serving on the ZBA, or any other board/commission in town, please send them our way! or
Attached is a link to the full list of board/commission vacancies in town:
Democratically Yours
Steve Jones
Tolland Democratic Town Committee

Tolland Resident Picked for Electoral College

Original Story by Tolland Patch available here:

TOLLAND, CT – A local man has been selected as a Democratic member of the Electoral College.

Tolland resident Steve Jones on Thursday called the selection “an honor.”

“Being an elector in such a historic election year is a personal honor and a tremendous privilege,” he added. “I am proud to put my hometown of Tolland on the map and represent the great state of Connecticut in the Electoral College. I thank everyone at the state convention who endorsed me to be their elector.”

Jones said the selection process “seems to be fairly informal.”

Connecticut gets seven – one for each congressional district and one for each senator.

“The state party looks to balance out nominating electors by picking an elector for each congressional district, but also providing diversity in terms age/race/gender as well,” Jones said. “One underlying theme is selecting electors who have either been consistently faithful/engaged in democratic politics and this appointment is a observed as a recognition for their civic service.”

Electors meet in their respective state capitals the Monday after the second Wednesday in December, at which time they cast their electoral votes on separate ballots for president and vice president, Jones said.

Connecticut employs a “winner-takes-all rule” for the Electoral College, meaning the candidate who receives a majority of the popular vote, or a plurality of the popular vote ( getting less than 50 percent but more than any other candidate), gets all of the state’s electoral votes.

Connecticut electors individually cast ballots for each office in an antique ballot box said to have been manufactured with wood from the Charter Oak. Each of the state’s electors must complete six Certificates of Vote. The electors certify the Certificates of Vote and copies of the Certificates are then sent to the president of the Senate, two the Archivist of the U.S. (chief official overseeing the National Archives), two to Connecticut’s Secretary of the State, and one to the chief judge of the U.S. district court in Hartford.

Founding fathers established the Electoral College in the Constitution as a compromise between election of the president by a vote in Congress and election of the president by a popular vote of qualified citizens.

The Electoral College consists of 538 electors. A majority of 270 electoral votes is required to elect the President. Your state’s entitled allotment of electors equals the number of members in its Congressional delegation: one for each member in the House of Representatives plus two for your Senators. Read more about the allocation of electoral votes.