DANBURY PATCH

WATCH: State Rep. Bob Godfrey Calls Danbury 'Dumping Ground for Poor and Ethnic Minorities'

By Wendy Ann Mitchell               

DANBURY, CT — Deputy Speaker and State Representative Bob Godfrey is under fire for calling cities "dumping grounds for poor people and ethnic minorities." Emanuela Palmares, his opponent, a candidate for the 110th General Assembly District, and members of the community, reacted to his statement.

“We are offended as an entire community within the 110th that Mr. Godfrey would use such toxic and divisive language to describe the City of Danbury. It is clear how out of touch he is and why we need a change on November 8th,” said Palmares.

NEWSTIMES

Candidates spar over “dumping ground” comments

By Rob Ryser

DANBURY - A GOP statehouse challenger is circulating a web video accusing a longtime Democratic incumbent of denigrating the downtown as a “dumping ground” for poor people and ethnic minorities.

But Democratic state Rep. Bob Godfrey said the words cited in the video by GOP challenger Emanuela Palmares show that he objects to urban residents getting less attention than wealthier suburbanites.

“My whole career has been to take care of my home town,” said Godfrey, the 13-term representative of Danbury’s urban 110th District. “I got into politics to make sure the hungry get fed and homeless people find a home and people without health care get it.”

Palmares’ video begins with audio of Godfrey saying during a mid-October debate, “We need to take care of our cities and stop using them as dumping grounds for poor people and ethnic minorities.”

PRESS RELEASE

Emanuela Palmares Reacts to Representative Godfrey Calling Cities a Dumping Ground for Poor People and Ethnic Minorities

Today, Emanuela Palmares, candidate for the 110 th General Assembly District, and members of thecommunity, reacted to her opponent Deputy Speaker and State Representative Bob Godfrey calling cities “dumping grounds for poor people and ethnic minorities.”


“We are offended as an entire community within the 110th that Bob Godfrey would use such toxic and divisive language to describe the City of Danbury. It is clear how out of touch he is and why we need a change on November 8th .” Said Palmares The campaign released a 90 second Web Video to highlight the clear differences between the current
representation and the hope and optimism for the future of the 110th .


“We are not a dumping ground. We are people who are born and raised or have come from another country. Who regardless of our ethnicity or how much money we have work hard and have dreams. Dreams that drive our city forward. What keeps businesses from coming from our Downtown? It’s not us, its your actions Mr. Godfrey. We are not the problem; we are the answer.” Said Palmares


These comments were made by Mr. Godfrey at the “Meet the Candidates Night at Broadview Middle School on October 18th and was hosted by the Danbury City-Wide PTO.


For more information, please contact John Kleinhans at press@emanuela2016.com.

NEWSTIMES: Danbury House candidates clash over Latino issues

By Rob Ryser

DANBURY — Veteran lawmaker Rep. Bob Godfrey says if voters want to see what he has done for the city’s urban core in his 13 terms as a state legislator, they need only drive around Danbury.

“From Main Street to the schools to Western (Connecticut State University) to transportation and roads and bridges — everywhere you look, there has been something I have happily touched,” said Godfrey, 68, who is running for a 14th two-year term. “I would like to continue to do that service.”

But Godfrey’s challenger said she has lived and worked in the same 110th District he has represented for a generation, and she claims as many as half of its 25,000 residents do not know him.

“I am hearing a different story,” said GOP challenger Emanuela Palmares, 33, a Brazil native and editor of the city’s trilingual newspaper, Tribuna. “It is almost as if we are talking about two 110th Districts.”

PRESS RELEASE

Emanuela Palmares accepts Independent Party nomination for state representative in Danbury’s 110th District

Emanuela Palmares, has been nominated by the Independent Party as its 110th District candidate. Her name will appear on both the Republican and Independent Party ballot lines.

“I’m honored to receive the Independent Party’s endorsement,” Palmares said after the state party’s nominating convention Aug. 23. “My campaign is being built with a broad coalition of Republicans, Independents and Democrats who want their voices to finally be heard in Hartford.”

Palmares, 33, who faces the 12-term Democrat and deputy house speaker, Bob Godfrey, is the first Brazilian-American to run for statewide office in Connecticut. “Voters can choose between a leader in the Democrat majority that allowed Danbury public schools be underfunded by $30 million, or one who is connected to the community, reflects its rich diversity, and understands the reality of the people who live in the district,” she said.

“Danbury is one of the most diverse cities in the state, and I’m proud to be part of its immigrant community,” said Palmares, who is tri-lingual. More than 45 percent of the 110th’s population are Latino, nearly 35 percent are foreign born, almost 50 percent are women, and almost 20 percent are children.

Palmares (www.emanuela2016.com), is a mother of a special-needs child and is active in community and state-wide public and not-for-profit organizations. She is editor of the family-owned Tribuna in Danbury, a bi-weekly newspaper in English, Portuguese and Spanish.

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Paid for by Emanuela 2016, Roger Palanzo, Treasurer; Approved by Emanuela Palmares.  www.emanuela2016.com

NEWSTIMES: Godfrey, Palmares face off in 110th

Rob Ryser | August 20, 2016

The campaign to represent the city’s urban heart in the statehouse is a battle of contrasts between a Republican newcomer who emigrated from Brazil and a veteran Democrat who has been in office almost as long as his opponent has been alive.

And while the contrasting approaches of 14-term Democrat Bob Godfrey and 33-year-old newspaper editor Emanuela Palmares chiefly concern the 25,000 residents of the 110th General Assembly District, the impact could be felt beyond the boundaries of the district.

The state budget- which affects everything locally in Danbury from social service programs to school aid - is already running a $1.5 billion deficit.

That raises the stakes for the city’s 110th District, where Godfrey is focused solely on motivating registered voters while Palmares is knocking on every door, regardless of registration status...

PRESS RELEASE: Emanuela Palmares to be honored with the Commission on Children’s Robert Haller Memorial Award

Emanuela Palmares to be honored with the Commission on Children’s Robert Haller Memorial Award for Outstanding Community Service

HARTFORD – Emanuela Palmares of Danbury will be honored with the Commission on Children’s 2016 Robert Haller Memorial Award for Outstanding Community Service, in recognition of her leadership on behalf of Connecticut’s children and families.

The Commission created this prestigious award in 2006 to honor Bob Haller, who was instrumental in developing the vision and sustaining the commitment behind the Parent Leadership Training Institute. Haller was a successful business and community leader, a dedicated family man and a tireless advocate who recognized the strength in parents leading for children.

Previous honorees include Olga Brown, director of Public Health Nursing in Stamford (2006); Cheryl Czuba, creator of UConn Extension’s People Empowering People Training (2010); and Sal Hanaif, Bridgeport Young Fathers Program (2015).

“This award means so much to me because it’s from an organization that embodies what I’m passionate about in my career and my personal life – community engagement and being a voice for our children.” Palmares said.

The annual Haller Award ceremony will be part of the statewide Parent Leadership Training graduation ceremony on Wednesday, June 15, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Atrium of the Legislative Office Building.

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Paid for by Emanuela 2016, Roger Palanzo, Treasurer; Approved by Emanuela Palmares.

 

PRESS RELEASE

Emanuela Palmares one of the first candidates statewide qualified for Citizen Election Program

Danbury, Conn. – Emanuela Palmares is the first candidates for public office in the state to qualify for Connecticut’s Citizen Election Program (CEP), which encourages civic participation in elections and limits the role of private money in the political process.

“I am grateful for the generous donations my campaign has received from people in the district from all walks of life and background – registered Democrats, Republicans, and Independents,” Palmares said. “That diversity is the strength of our campaign. I’m thankful for their confidence, and I am looking forward to engage with all residents of the 110th District.”

Palmares, the first Brazilian-American to run for statewide office in Connecticut, is the Republican candidate for the 110th District. She faces Deputy House Speaker Bob Godfrey and 28-year representative from the district.

To qualify for the Citizens Election Program, a candidate for state representative must raise $5,000 in individual donations of between $5 and $100. A portion of those donations must come from a minimum of 150 residents of the towns a candidate seeks to represent in the General Assembly.

The CEP provides $27,850 in campaign funding to candidates who demonstrate sufficient public support. Candidates for the House who participate are limited to $1,000 in personal funds.

“I am advocating for fiscal responsibility, getting Danbury public school funding it deserves, protecting our jobs, our businesses, and our hospital, and supporting our children, seniors and veterans,” said Palmares. “It’s clear our message is resonating with people all across the 110th district.”

For more information about Emanuela and the campaign, visit www.emanuela2016.com.

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Paid for by Emanuela 2016, Roger Palanzo, Treasurer; Approved by Emanuela Palmares.  www.emanuela2016.com