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Trumbull Democrats Set Second Annual Keys to Democracy Awards Dinner

For immediate release
March 27, 2018

Press contact:
Tony Silber, 203-455-6466

Trumbull Democrats Set Second Annual Keys to Democracy Awards Dinner

“Building a Blue Wave”—for April 29th

Speakers include Connecticut Attorney General George Jepson, Congressman Jim Himes.

The Trumbull Democratic Town Committee will honor three distinguished local Democrats who’ve made extraordinary contributions to the community at its annual Keys to Democracy Dinner on April 29th. The event will be held at Roberto’s Restaurant in Monroe.

The Keys to Democracy Awards were created in 2017 to recognize community activism and to encourage greater civic involvement. At the event, Leadership Awards will be given to two leaders, Doug Sutherland and Lisa Labella. Sutherland is being honored for his quiet but extensive work to further the Democratic message, on a national and local level. Labella is being recognized for two decades of exemplary work keeping the Trumbull Democratic Party activated, engaged, and above all, effective. 

A third award, the Kevin J. Sutherland Inspiration in Democracy Award, will be given to Ashley Gaudiano, one of our newly elected Town Council members, for applying her skills in support of Democratic values of equality and social justice. Gaudiano is running for state representative in the 134th District, which covers parts of Trumbull and Fairfield.

The award is given in memory of Kevin Joseph Sutherland, 2009 graduate of Trumbull High, political strategist, photographer, and son of Douglas and Theresa Sutherland, also of Trumbull. Kevin lost his life in a senseless act of violence in 2015. The TDTC honors Kevin’s dedication to Democratic ideals and his commitment to action while never seeking the limelight. Through this award, the TDTC and his parents hope that Kevin’s dedication to Democratic ideals and principles will continue to inspire future generations of public servants and political activists.

Tickets are $100 per person before April 15th. At that time, they increase to $115 per person until the event. To purchase tickets, visit:

Table sales, sponsorships and program advertising is also available, and more information is available at the link above. For all program ads, please contact Michael Barker ( for information.

Paid for by the Trumbull Democratic Town Committee

Upcoming Events

Join Ashley Gaudiano for State Representative as she officially kicks off her campaign on in the green across the street from Greenfield Hill Congregational Church in Fairfield. Trumbull First Selectman Vicki Tesoro and Mike Tetreau of Fairfield will be in attendance. Bring your family, invite some friends, and help send a message that this district will be turning blue in November! For those interested, volunteers will be knocking doors from 2-3 immediately following the event. For more information email


Tidy Up Trumbull is the annual Earth Day event hosted by Trumbull Community Women.  Please join Trumbull Democrats Saturday, April 21, 9 am at the Rt. 25/111 commuter parking lot. Wear your TDTC shirt, bring gloves, a garbage bag, and a ‘grabber’ if you have one. Following the clean-up, the TCW will have a picnic at Twin Brooks Park for volunteers at 12:00. Come when you are able, and stay as long as you like!  Students will receive community service hours.

Trumbull Times: Tesoro, officials take office

Photo Credit: Trumbull Times

Article on the Trumbull Times website

By Donald Eng

It remains to be seen how long it lasts, but for one night unity and camaraderie took center stage in Trumbull during Monday’s swearing-in ceremony for newly elected officials. The event, which was attended by former First Selectmen Tim Herbst, Ray Baldwin, Dave Wilson, Morag Vance, and Paul Timpanelli, included numerous touches, including students from all the town’s elementary schools leading the Pledge of Allegiance and musical selections from the Trumbull High chamber singers and marching band.

“Today we celebrate unity in the town of Trumbull,” said master of ceremonies David Galla, who added that First Selectman Vicki Tesoro’s leadership would bring the town to new heights of openness and inclusiveness.

“She will not back down, she will not give up,” Galla said.

In a break with tradition, the elected boards and officials were administered the oath of office as groups, rather than by party. Tesoro said this was by design, a symbol of resolve to build a better future.

“We took a small step in that direction tonight when we break with the tradition that only Democrats swear in Democrats and Republicans only swear in Republicans, and replaced it with honored citizens swearing in other citizens who have the responsibility to lead our community,” she said.

Judge Barbara Brazzel-Massaro administered the oath of office to the Town Council, Board of Education and Planning & Zoning Commission. Probate Judge T.R. Rowe did the honors for Town Clerk Suzanne Burr Monaco and Town Treasurer Anthony Musto, with Rose Lodice swearing in the Board of Finance, Board of Assessment Appeals and Zoning Board of Appeals. Former First Selectman Ray Baldwin Jr. administered the oath to the newly elected constables, and Tom Tesoro swore his wife, Vicki, into her new office, reminding her that for the second time in their lives she was standing with him in front of a crowd about to answer a solemn vow with “I do.”

In her inaugural speech (full text here), Tesoro continued the theme of unity, thanking all candidates who ran for office.

“Those who won deserve hearty congratulations for a job well done. However, those that did not win should know that they, too, deserve our thanks,” she said. “Standing for election is not an easy thing but it is an absolutely necessary thing. The strength of our town, our state and our nation rests on the shoulders of those who put themselves forward, exchange in a battle of ideas and give our citizens the opportunity to reinforce, time and time again, the founding principles of our nation.”

Politics is unique in that after Election Day, opponents work together for the next two years.

“Elections, by their nature, are divisive things,” Tesoro said. “You want your team to win, you work for that result, and there is elation if you win and disappointment if you don’t.

“Now the election is over. We have to put aside our elation or disappointment and come together as neighbors working for the common good. That is how Trumbull will prosper and this is how we all will win.”

Tesoro also touched on many of her campaign themes, including the upcoming municipal budget, community safety, and public education, and restated her desire for a referendum on the proposed community center.

“I ran on a platform of giving the people a voice,” she said. “Let’s have a referendum on the community center. If the people want it, we will build it. If not, then we need to start fresh without rancor or recrimination.”

Finally, having asked for, and received, support from the electorate, Tesoro made the same request from the elected officials on the stage with her.

“The hard work has already begun. I ask all those on this stage and everyone here tonight to join me in creating a stronger future for our great town,” she said. “We are better together, and together we will make our wonderful community even better.”

Team Tesoro Election Rally with Chris Murphy

Come and join Vicki, Team Tesoro, and Senator Chris Murphy at a rally on the Sunday before the election. This is a great chance to show your support for the campaign! The rally runs from 10:15-11:30 a.m. Nov. 5 at Trumbull Democrats Campaign Headquarters, 6515 Main St., directly across from the Long Hill Green. We hope to see you there!