September 29, 2022

Political candidates tried to impress voters during the Labor Day parade in Newtown

NEWTOWN, Conn. (WTNH) – On Monday, Newtown honored a tradition of its 60e annual Labor Day parade. Floats, marching bands and marchers descended for the first time since the pandemic began.

With them were the top political candidates looking to impress voters.

Spectators lined the streets of Newtown for the town’s 60th anniversarye annual Labor Day parade. The community was grateful to rediscover the long-standing tradition.

“We were able to go out, see the community, greet, be happy. We have all these people showing up,” said Gray Frey, Newtown Lion’s Club.

As the only Labor Day parade in the state, the festive and upbeat atmosphere served as a political battleground for incumbents and their challengers hoping to appeal to hard-working families in the crowd.

“I have a lot of Republican, independent and unaffiliated voters that I work just as hard for. It’s a good day to be in Newtown, my district, to be with regular workers celebrating Labor Day,” said Rep. Jahana Hayes/

“The momentum is on our side. The latest polls show us a toss up, with the incumbent having been here for over four years. It shows that people are ready for a change,” said George Logan, Republican challenger for the 5e District.

It was the first time since 2019 that Newtown had held its Labor Day Parade. Their tradition celebrates the end of summer while celebrating the hard work of blue collar workers. Political candidates were trying to resonate with that.

“It’s America. It is threatened, just as Democracy is threatened. Our middle-class working families are under greater pressure than ever before,” said Senator Richard Blumenthal.

“Connecticut should be a job-friendly state. We were at one point. Life is unaffordable here because of heavy taxes,” said Leora Levy, Republican candidate for US senator.

Gov. Ned Lamont and Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz, who are focused on job creation ahead of the general election, strolled with other Democrats.

“The most important thing I want to do is to continue to govern, to keep the state running. We have a good dynamic, good employment opportunities, good opportunities. That’s what I want to work on, and Susan here for the next two months,” Lamont said.

Gubernatorial candidate Bob Stefanowski believes in the state’s undecided voters. He thinks they will surprise a historically blue state.

“The largest party in Connecticut is unaffiliated. We’ve got a lot of Democrats leaning our way, independents are ready for change. Democrats have been in power in Connecticut for 40 years. It’s not getting much better” , said Stefanowski.

As Connecticut races warmed up, Newtown’s Labor Day Parade was one of the few major political events left before the November election.

The parade of floats, marching bands and marchers left at 10 a.m. and ended near Queen Street.