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Democrats Elect Vanita Bhalla to State Party Committee

(From Right to Left) J. Paul Vance, Vanita Bhalla, Ron Pugliese, Stephen Behuniak, Sharon Sherman, Ed Edelson.

New representatives to the Democratic State Central Committee were elected at the district convention on Wednesday, April 18.  Woodbury resident Vanita Bhalla and J. Paul Vance, Jr. of Watertown were chosen to be the representatives for the ten towns that make up the 32nd Senate District.

Stepping down as the district representatives were Sharon Sherman of Woodbury and Ed Edelson of Southbury.

Ron Pugliese, the chair of the Southbury Democratic Town Committee and Stephen Behuniak, chair of the Seymour Democratic Town Committee were the chair and secretary of the convention of thirty five delegates representing the towns of Bridgewater, Bethlehem, Middlebury, Oxford, Roxbury, Seymour, Southbury, Washington, Watertown and Woodbury.

Edelson, former First Selectman of Southbury, began the meeting with a tribute to Sherman for her many years as a representative to the Connecticut state party.

“Sharon has guided many new chairs of Democratic Town Committees and encouraged numerous candidates to run for office.  Sharon has earned the respect of other members of the State party who know her as a tireless worker who is always willing to help others,” said Edelson.  Last year, Sharon received a leadership award from the Party.

“Although I am stepping down as the elected representative, I will still be around to help Vanita and Paul,” said Mrs. Sherman.  “Recent election results throughout the State show the strength of the Democratic Party and we still have a lot of work in the 32nd Senate District to bring forward more quality candidates who share our values.”

“Watching Sharon’s involvement in Democratic politics throughout the State, I have been impressed with her dedication and knowledge,” said Ms. Bhalla.  “I intend to do all I can to take the passion and energy that the November 2016 has brought to Democrats and Unaffiliated voters and convert that into election victories.”

“Both Sharon and Ed have served our district extremely well and have been great resources to the Democrats of our towns,” said Vance.  “I am looking forward to working with the State party leadership to make sure the election in November 2018 sends a clear signal about the Party’s long-standing commitment to working families.”

The rules of the Democratic State party require that each Senate district have one female and one male representative as party of its commitment to diversity.

“I have been proud to be part of the State Democratic Party and know that it is stronger and more focused now than when I began my term as a representative,” said Edelson.  “I know that Vanita and Paul will be great as our new representatives.”

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