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Alexander Soundly Defeats Tallarita For 58th House District Nomination

Upstart outpolls longtime incumbent by nearly a 2-to-1 margin to secure Democratic nomination.

The battle to see who will be the Democratic candidate for the 58th House District has been a contentious one throughout the spring and summer.

Challenger David Alexander narrowly edged seven-term incumbent Kathy Tallarita by a single vote at the . However, days later, the Democratic State Central Committee , giving Tallarita the nomination and forcing Alexander to to challenge in a primary.

Primary day was Tuesday, and while predictions were the race would be extremely close, the end result was quite the opposite.

Alexander unofficially garnered 734 votes, or 64 percent, to easily outdistance Tallarita. The incumbent received 415 votes, or 36 percent.

"I'm extremely disappointed," Tallarita told Enfield Patch shortly after the results were disclosed. "I'm proud of my 14 years of service to the town of Enfield. I still have until January as state representative in the 58th District, and there is still work to be done between now and then."

Tallarita said she congratulated Alexander via telephone.

"David ran a good campaign, so I called and congratulated him on his good work," she said.

Alexander, 30, will now face Republican in the November election to fill Tallarita's seat.

Spiff August 15, 2012 at 12:02 PM
Good! Now, hopefully Joe Bosco can defeat David Kiner in the 59th in November. Every incumbent who voted for Dan Malloy's record tax increase must go!
Dewey Cheatem August 15, 2012 at 12:37 PM
maybe a new day has arrived. there were more politicos at Enfield High School then have been seen in a long time. Now if anyone can address the sexual graffetti that greeted each voter as we entered the school we might have a good beginning. Do any of you town or state representatives have the ability to get this cleaned up and painted.
Sonny August 15, 2012 at 02:19 PM
It's going to get interesting when considering all the senior's that want to stay in Enfield.Some are just hanging on because lack of service's and the cost of living here. But as the "town"grow's there are some that are tearing it down what "Enfield' use to be.A family town careing and shareing!The senior center is the real "Enfield".Much info and imput goes behind the scene's to keep it that way.The way life should be.After all "Enfield''once upon a time use to have a lot's dairy farm's and 4-h club's.The future is in the youth and the guidance program's that go with it.Staying with the basic's has drawn outside element's because it's only a short dive to the "prison's.Yet hazard ave is slowly turning into a huge shopping mecca.Hurraa!.This should be a attractive way of supporting what "Enfield is about.Keeping tax in check so everyone can benefit and enjoy living here.Regardless of income.A "family town". "Should be the motto".Not just a bedroom community!
Robbie Tangreti August 15, 2012 at 03:03 PM
I'm just glad I don't live in Enfield! I feel bad for those that do...
Spiff August 15, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Enfield has it's pluses and minuses, like anywhere. One of our minuses is that we need a couple of new legislators in Hartford, and it looks like we're on our way to gettin' 'er done!
Mike Emmons August 15, 2012 at 03:47 PM
They've been pretty responsive on the SeeClickFix.com site so far as things like that go. I'd open a ticket there.
Gina Perillo Sullivan August 15, 2012 at 04:19 PM
AGREED!!!
John Ragno August 15, 2012 at 04:34 PM
I wouldn't call someone who's served there country an unemployed loser. This reflects the narrow minded thinking that has held Enfield back. There are many bright college grads out there that can't find a job in the Northeast and must either move or be unemployed.
Doug McComas August 15, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Kiner won by name only, not saying his dad was any good. David just sat in the town meets, half asleep and voted party line, never made a decision of his own.,
Jim August 15, 2012 at 05:24 PM
I guess the voters were not happy with what Ms. Tallarita has done for them in the last 14 years. What has she done? I am just curious. Now the voters in Enfield need to replace her and Mr. David Kiner with Joe Bosco and Tom Sirard maybe its time we let the Republicans control the state, they have done a good job with running the town of Enfield without raising taxes, give them a chance to see what they can do on the state level. Lets face it, anything at all would be better than what the democrats have done while in control. The democrats have taxed us to death and are ruining this state.
Spiff August 15, 2012 at 05:30 PM
I agree that David Kiner won based on his father's name and nothing that he has accomplished. However, he has had two years to prove himself and he has failed miserably! He has demonstrated that he is more concerned with doing what Dan Malloy tells him to do instead of looking out for the people of Enfield. It is time to show David the door by electing someone who will put Enfield residents before their political career!
Bluephantom Inc. August 15, 2012 at 08:51 PM
!!! Vote Kiner !!! Spiff, et all, I am a little confused here. I seem a little confused with some of your concerns regarding Rep. Kiner o4f the 59th District. You say he has done nothing for the Enfield people, based on???? Are you getting your facts from Donavans campaign people, or from actual sources? Yes, he has sided with the Democratic party on concerns and issues, which I believe he is a member of…(please correct me if I am wrong). Kiner, yes the son of Kiner, has introduced 18 Bills, himself, which can all be found here: http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/CGABillStatus/CGAMemberBills.asp?dist_code='059 '&dist_name=059 - Kiner, David Now his competitor, Joe Bosco, a member of our Town Council, seems to have a very common last name as well, at first look, it appears he is related to the Automotive Company, who has a bulk of the towns contracts, and as of late, some of East Windsors. Not completely sure of Bosco’s record on the town, other then popular party vote, but he hasn’t really done much either to show his true colors. It appears, as Pinney was in Somers, just another local name, running on interest. But, as that can be said with any politician, we should look at the Republican Senator, Kissel, who himself introduced 25 bill, oddly, some appear to mirror Kiner’s…interesting….
Olive3 August 15, 2012 at 09:58 PM
Let's give David Alexander his day. Great Job!
Bluephantom Inc. August 16, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Agree Olive, Kudos David, a very well run race, now its time to go foreward...lets do this
Michael Daigneau August 16, 2012 at 02:29 PM
If the election was held today, I would vote for Tom Sirard. Of all the possible candidates, I believe Tom Sirard best represents the opinions of the majority of district voters on a variety of policy issues.
Skippy Muckalucka August 16, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Tom is not suitable for representing the community. He does not represent the majority of the district. He has displayed his temper in the public and televised meetings during his time on the Board of Ed. That is not a welcome representation of our town, or our schools for that matter.
Spiff August 16, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Hi Blue, Well, good legislation is good legislation, no matter what party you’re from. As for David Kiner’s legislation, let’s take a look. (BTW, your link didn’t work, but I’ve attached a link below that does.) Here is a sampling: - AN ACT CONCERNING GENETICALLY-ENGINEERED FOODS. To require the labeling of genetically-engineered foods and to create best practices for GMO farming and preferences for food products that are voluntarily labeled to indicate whether they include genetically-engineered ingredients. - AN ACT CONCERNING DISSECTION CHOICE. To allow students to be excused from participating in or observing animal dissections in the classroom. - AN ACT CONCERNING THE PALLIATIVE USE OF MARIJUANA. To permit the palliative use of marijuana. - AN ACT AUTHORIZING BOW AND ARROW HUNTING ON SUNDAY UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES. To allow hunting by bow and arrow on Sundays under certain circumstances in order to help control the state's deer population. (To be continued.)
Spiff August 16, 2012 at 04:14 PM
(Continued from previous post.) How does this legislation help me? How does it actually help Enfield residents as a group? While I certainly recognize that there are a number of pieces of legislation for veterans, I would have to ask a veteran if they have benefitted from any of them, or if they are just window dressing for David Kiner. I would challenge all readers to take a look and determine if any of this legislation has actually helped you! I don’t see one piece that has lowered taxes, promoted policies to help grow the economy or that has had a direct and immediate positive impact on me or my neighbors in any way. I can say, however, that David Kiner voted for the largest tax increase in CT history last year, and this did have a direct and immediate negative impact on me and my neighbors, and a portion of it was retroactive to the beginning of the year. We are in the midst of the worst economic downturn in 80 years, and David Kiner is concerned about the palliative use of marijuana? Seems to me that he should be concerned with helping to get this economy back on track, by lowering taxes and passing business friendly legislation! Joe Bosco has shown that he can manage a budget without raising taxes, and this has had a direct and immediate positive impact on every resident of Enfield. David Kiner has had his two years and he has failed. It’s time to give someone else a chance.
Spiff August 16, 2012 at 04:15 PM
(Link.) http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/CGABillStatus/CGAMemberBills.asp?dist_code='059'&dist_name=059%20-%20Kiner,%20David%20W.
Spiff August 16, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Skippy says, "He does not represent the majority of the district." Skippy, I have to ask what quantitative poll this comment is based on? Gallup poll? Opinion Research Corporation poll? Unless it is based on a scientifically conducted poll, the comment is worthless, Skip, sorry! I personally know numerous residents who say that his position on the issues represent theirs exactly! BTW, I'd rather have a public servant who is passionate and willing to publicly display their passion than someone who is just going to do what their party leadership tells them to do.
Marty Salvatore August 16, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Spiff disingenuously fails to mention the many bills on that list that help veterans. Specifically, the ones that (GASP!) lower taxes for both them AND their employers and (GASP AGAIN!) the ones that actually create jobs for them. Not to mention the ones that raise funds for veteran groups. I am shocked, SHOCKED, that a Republican would say that legislation supporting our troops is a waste of time and something we shouldn't be focusing on. Incidentally, Joe Bosco isn't even actively campaigning right now. He's too busy with his 4 Town Fair duties. You know, STUFF THAT MATTERS! Huuuurrrrrrghhh!
Spiff August 16, 2012 at 08:28 PM
I've been wondering where you went to Marty! Haven't heard from you in a while! OK, either you didn't read my post, you are bustin' my stones, or you aren't being honest, Marty! (Tisk, tisk to you!) The 3rd sentence in the 2nd part of my post ABSOLUTELY recognizes "there are a number of pieces of legislation for veterans". If us Patch posters had the ability to highlight, I would. Go back and reread my post. At the moment, I'll give you the benefit of the doubt. If I actually thought that you were attempting to misrepresent what I wrote, I'd call you a liar!
Marty Salvatore August 17, 2012 at 03:27 AM
10 out of the 18 bills on that list have to do with supporting veterans. That's over 55% of the list. Yet you characterize his record as being focused on superfluous things. Yes, you use ONE sentence to say he has done things for vets (after devoting paragraphs to how much time he "wastes.") Then, IN THE VERY NEXT SENTENCE, you say that "they are just window dressing." This political hackery exposes you for the crony you are. Or am I just misrepresenting your stupid, partisan words?
Spiff August 17, 2012 at 06:12 PM
OK Marty, instead of personalizing this exchange (as you have), I’ll try to stay focused. I absolutely gave credit for the veterans legislation, so please, cut the crap. Veterans legislation is easy, however, because you’ll never find a politician who won’t support it and it looks good on their resume. It also takes up far fewer government resources (dollars) because it doesn’t apply to everyone, just veterans (according to U.S. Census data only 15.5% of the Enfield civilian population are veterans). (Now, Marty, I certainly don’t want you twisting my words about veterans, as you already have attempted to with my original post, so let me say loud and clear, I SUPPORT VETERANS AND THANK THEM FOR THEIR SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY!) I am not a veteran, however, and I don’t personally know anyone in Enfield who is, and that is why I asked in my original post if veterans benefitted from this legislation or if it was just window dressing because, again, veterans legislation looks good on a politician’s resume (another point of mine that you tried to distort).
Spiff August 17, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Marty, I am not a veteran, none of my neighbors are veterans, no one I know personally in Enfield is a veteran, the large majority of Enfield residents are not veterans, so over 55% (using your number) of David Kiner’s legislation does not personally benefit the large majority of Enfield residents. The remaining <45% may, and that is why I challenged readers to take a look to see if it did. I also posted a sampling of this remaining legislation. As noted in my original post, not a single piece if this legislation has an immediate and positive impact on me and my family or those that I know, and that is why I challenged others to take a look. Let me ask you, sir, does this legislation benefit you? Which pieces of legislation on the list have had an immediate and positive impact on you? We would like to know, Marty. As for your “crony” comment, I don’t know Joe Bosco, at least personally anyway. I am not a friend of his, the only way I would benefit from him being elected is as a constituent. I know his family owns a business here in town, I know that he’s been on the town council for several years where he has helped to successfully balance the budget without cutting services or raising taxes, and that’s good enough for me. Joe Bosco has had an immediate and positive impact on me and my family whereas David Kiner’s support for Dan Malloy’s record tax increase last year had an immediate and negative impact.
Spiff August 17, 2012 at 06:13 PM
My words aren’t partisan, Marty, they are facts. I would have a problem with any legislator, regardless of party, who raised taxes during an economic downturn, and that is what David Kiner did, while Joe Bosco did not. Good day sir!
Marty Salvatore August 17, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Spiff doth protest too much.
Spiff August 18, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Yeah, Marty's right, I was really sent here by Lord Vader to colonize Enfield, the rest of the state, the country, and the world..... Hahahahahahahaha (as my evil laugh fades into the distance!)
Spiff August 18, 2012 at 03:39 PM
I forgot to ask, Marty (or actually, you forgot to answer), so, which piece of David Kiner's legislation has helped you?

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