Dunsby receives Independent Party nomination for 135th

Adam Dunsby

Adam Dunsby

Adam Dunsby secured the nomination for state representative of the Connecticut Legislature’s 135th District from the Independent Party of Connecticut at its caucus Aug. 23 in Danbury.

Dunsby, who is also the endorsed-Republican candidate for the seat, will appear on both the Republican and Independent lines on the ballot on Nov. 8.

The 135th District represents Easton, Weston and a large part of Redding. Republican John Shaban of Redding currently holds the seat, which he is vacating to challenge Democratic incumbent Jim Himes in the 4th District U.S. congressional race.

Bonnie Troy

Bonnie Troy

Bonnie Troy of Weston, a Green Party member who received a cross endorsement from the Democratic Party, is challenging Dunsby for the position.

“I am pleased to receive the Independent Party nomination,” Dunsby said, “as I hope to represent all of the district’s constituents in Hartford.”

Minor parties

Connecticut has many minor parties, according to the Secretary of the State’s website, ct.gov/sots. Some are local and some have statewide enrollment. The local town clerk or registrar of voters office has a list of minor parties in each town.  

Currently, minor parties with statewide enrollment privileges are:

  • Green Party
  • Independent Party
  • Libertarian Party
  • Working Families Party

Connecticut General Statutes §9-372(6) defines minor party to mean, “a political party or organization which is not a major party and whose candidate for the office in question received at the last-preceding regular election for such office,…at least one percent of the whole number of votes cast for all candidates for such office at such election.”

The Independent Party states on its website, independentpartyofct.com, that it is the third largest political party in Connecticut.

Under bylaws it says:

“The Independent Party invites and solicits all residents of Connecticut to become active members and participate in a movement to bring honest, open, non-partisan problem-solving to government; to promote responsible and sustainable governmental policies; to fight corruption; and to promote ballot access for citizens who want to be public servants.”

The Connecticut Green Party is a unity of local Green Party chapters, committed to grassroots democracy, social justice, non-violence and ecological wisdom, according to its website, ctgreenparty.org.

These are the four pillars of all Green parties worldwide, and they are the first four principles of the Ten Key Values of the Green Party:

  • Grassroots democracy
  • Social justice and equal opportunity
  • Ecological wisdom
  • Non-violence

About Dunsby

Dunsby has been the part-time first selectman of Easton since 2013 after being reelected to the position in 2015.  

The seat representing Connecticut’s 135th district is part-time also, and Dunsby plans to fulfill the duties of both positions.

As first selectman, Dunsby touts his accomplishments in helping maintain Easton’s strong financial position and leading improvements in technology, such as a new town website.

He has been active in local public service since shortly after moving to Easton in 2002. Dunsby was a member of Easton’s Conservation Commission from 2003-09, the final two years as its chairman. He then served as an elected member of the Easton Board of Education from 2009 to 2013, the final year as its chairman.  

Previously, he was a founding partner of SummerHaven Investment Management, a Stamford-based investment firm. He has published a book, papers, and articles in the field of investing, and in 2009 was an adjunct professor of finance at Fairfield University.  

Born and raised in New Jersey, Dunsby attended public schools there until entering the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, from which he graduated summa cum laude. He also holds a doctorate in finance from Wharton.

He and his wife, Cathy, are the parents of four children, ranging in age from eight to 18.

About Troy

Troy is a longtime Weston resident and graduate of Weston High School. She holds a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Bridgeport. She raised her son, Tyler, as a single mom and now works with him at Moonbeam Gardens, an organic land care business she began 14 years ago.

Troy says she is very involved with the communities of the 135th District and can be seen holding networking meetings with small businesses as well as the green energy and solar industries.

On her website,  bonnie-troy.ruck.us, she says if elected her focus will be to raise awareness and help educate people on how to make more educated choices in local commerce, sustainable food, land care practices, and renewable energy choices.

This isn’t the first time Troy has run for this office. In 2014, she ran against Shaban, and he won handily, garnering 81% of the popular vote. Democrats did not put up a candidate in 2014.

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