As we look ahead to November's elections, Stratford Patch is devoted to bring you the information you need about every race in town. Here's our start on the candidates and issues we'll be covering as November draws near.
Barack Obama (D): The president to stump for his Democratic colleagues, although this year he could be more busy campaigning for himself.
Mitt Romney (R): The former governor is no stranger to Connecticut, having most recently . Columnist Lisa Bigelow compared to Obama's.
Chris Murphy (D): The Democratic congressman is by a 50-20 margin as he tries to win outgoing Sen. Joe Lieberman's seat.
Susan Bysiewicz (D): The Democratic candidate for Senate has her work cut out for her as she tries to lessen U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy's strong lead .
Sylvester Salcedo (D): The Bridgeport lawyer is known for being one of the few Asian-Americans to run for U.S. Senate in the 2012 election -- perhaps now the only one since -- as well as driving to the Mexican border earlier this year to gain a some attention for his campaign.
Lee Whitnum (Unaffiliated): The Greenwich resident spark some controversy when because Gov. Malloy and Rep. Chris Murphy are "lying to the people to pander to the ultra conservative branch of the Jewish community." She announced in June that she would
Linda McMahon (R): The former WWE executive tried -- and failed -- in her run for Senate two years ago. This year, she was the Republican favorite after .
Chris Shays (R): Despite losing the party nominations to Linda McMahon, .
Kie Westby (R): , the Southbury attorney said that career politicians have had their chance to make changes. "It requires a fresh face, a fresh approach," he said. Although he hasn't officially suspended his campaign, Westby recently announced that he wouldn't submit the signatures required to be part of the Republican primary.
Fourth Congressional District
Jim Himes (D): The incumbent Democrat hopes to head to Washington D.C. for a third term. One thing is the U.S. Supreme Court's 2010 decision to prohibit restrictions on corporate or union spending for election campaigns.
Steve Obsitnik (R): The Westport businessman hopes to unseat incumbent U.S. Rep. Jim Himes. He has the support of the .
Fifth Congressional District
Chris Donovan (D): There was a major setback in Chris Donovan's quest to win the fifth congressional district. The FBI is looking into contributions to the Democrat's campaign, and his campaign finance director has been arrested. Still, as he faces a primary challenge.
Andrew Roraback (R): As controversy surrounds Donovan's campaign, Republicans are backing Andrew Roraback for the U.S. House of Representatives. He has the endorsement .
Third Congressional District
U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D): Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro was recently in Orange to , where she called malnutrition and obesity a "double-edged sword.”
Wayne Winsley (R): The Naugatuck resident faces an uphill challenge against long-time incumbent U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro. Still, Winsley is optimistic and thinks it's time for a change in the third district.