Trumbull Democrats

Lisa Labella Bio

Lisa Labella is the recipient of the 2018 Keys to Democracy Award for her many years of furthering the participation of citizens in our government, her advocacy and public education on behalf of gun violence prevention, and her exemplary work keeping the Trumbull Democratic Town Committee activated, engaged, and above all, effective

Since moving to Trumbull in 1997 with her family, Lisa has impacted the big picture in our local and state communities with an unwavering focus on how small details impact big initiatives and trends. Her belief is that education on issues leads people to act, and with that as her guiding principle, she has introduced uncounted people to strategies that have successfully turned ideas into laws, and citizens into candidates.

Lisa was elected three times to the Trumbull Board of Education and was appointed twice to the Trumbull Police Commission. She was recently named chairwoman of the new Police Station Building Committee.

Lisa has supported organizations that have made important national impact. She has been Co-Executive Director, and then Director for Outreach & Advocacy, for Connecticut Against Gun Violence.  And Lisa was the Fairfield County Coordinator for the May, 2000 Million Mom March against gun violence, sending 14 buses to Washington, D.C.

Lisa has been recognized by the Trumbull EMS for her extraordinary volunteer efforts in restoring first-responder status to police officers, and she received the 2002 Secretary of the State’s Public Service Award for raising funds to place AEDs in Trumbull public buildings. In 2003, the Connecticut Post praised her as a Woman of Distinction.

Douglas Sutherland Bio

Douglas Sutherland is receiving the 2018 Leadership Award for his years of service and support of Democratic values. Doug is a retired telecommunications engineer who moved to Trumbull in 1987 and together with his wife, Terry, they raised their son, Kevin.

Doug served as Cubmaster or Assistant Cubmaster of Kevin’s Cub Scout Pack for four years. Later, he and Kevin began their involvement in politics with Ned Lamont’s 2006 Senate bid against Joe Lieberman. Doug then joined Democracy for America – Fairfield County, the local chapter of the grassroots political organization, Democracy for America (DFA). Doug now serves as the Chairman of this group. Through DFA, Doug and Kevin were drawn to the fledgling campaign of Jim Himes, who was exploring a run for Congress. They worked on the 2008, 2010 and 2012 campaigns for Congressman Jim Himes.

Doug began his involvement in Trumbull politics with Ray Baldwin’s 2009 reelection campaign for First Selectman and he joined the TDTC soon after. In 2011, he served as photographer, social media coordinator, webmaster, and strategist on Mary Beth Thornton’s campaign. He ran for Town Council and State Representative, served as Treasurer of our committee, and now serves on the Board of the Trumbull Housing Authority.

Doug is also a founding member of the Southern Connecticut Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association Support Group. Currently, he is focused on efforts to extend Kevin’s legacy – raising money for the scholarship and internship funds that have been set up in Kevin’s memory at American University in Washington, D.C. 

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.

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!