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DNC Connecticut Superdelegates

HuffPost's OffTheBus members produced these superdelegate profiles as part of its Superdelegate Investigation. You can find all profiles here.

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John Olsen

Connecticut


Basic Bio
* President of Connecticut AFL-CIO

Political interests and issues
* Minimum Wage stating that in real terms it is the lowest in 51 years
* On 27th October 2007 he was, according to Seachange Bulletin (Rebuilding Labor's Power), one of the speakers at Boston Common at an end the war in Iraq organized by New England Utd.

Contributions to Candidates
* Donation to Christopher Dodd

Previous Campaign Work and Experience
* Full time Union

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Nancy DiNardo

Hartford, CT

Basic Bio
* DiNardo is the first woman Chair of the Connecticut Democratic Committee.
* Former Finance Chair, the Connecticut Democratic Committee, 2001.
* Democratic Town Committee Chairwoman in the 4th Congressional district.
* Director of Psychological Services, Bridgeport, CT, school system.
* Teacher, Bridgeport, CT, school system.

Involvement in the Democratic Party
* Nancy DiNardo began her political career in 1971 when she was elected as a member of her local Town Council.
* Subsequently, she was elected to, and served on, several other local boards and commissions.
* Nancy also served as the Chairperson of her Democratic Town Committee in Trumbull, Connecticut for almost 20 years.
* Under Nancy's leadership, Trumbull voters elected a Democratic First Selectman for 17 out of the past 21 years, despite the fact that Trumbull has historically been a Republican-leaning town.
* Nancy is the first woman elected to the post of Chair in the history of the Connecticut Democratic Party.
http://dems.info/NancyDiNardo.htm
* Throughout her years as a Democratic Town Committee Chairwoman in the 4th Congressional district, DiNardo worked to build coalitions with other town chairs, town committees and Democratic activists in an effort to create a Democratic infrastructure in order to launch a successful campaign against Republican Congressman Christopher Shays.
* Last year, she served as Treasurer and Finance Chair for Diane Farrell's Congressional run against Shays, a campaign which raised $1.6 million, and came within 4 points of defeating Shays.

Personal Political Interests And Issues
* Nancy worked for 30 years as an educator in the Bridgeport school system, starting as a teacher and working her way up to Director of Psychological Services. In June 2002, she retired from her position at the Bridgeport Board of Education to devote her energies full time to politics. She has been an active member of the Connecticut Democratic
State Central Committee since she was first elected in 1998, and has served as Finance Chair since 2001.

Contributions To Candidates
* Contributed $2,300 to Chris Dodd's presidential campaign
http://fundrace.huffingtonpost.com/neighbors.php?type=name&lname=Dinardo

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Martin Dunleavy

New Haven,Connecticut

* Occupation: Longtime political operative and founder/executive director of the National Democratic Ethnic Council, a group seeking to keep Irish, Greek, Ukrainian, and Russian Orthodox voters in the Democratic fold. www.ethnicdemocrats.org
* Organizations, Boards and Committees: Dunleavy is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). In addition to his work with the National Democratic Ethnic Council, Dunleavy is a 2004-2008 member of the Democratic National Committee (representing Connecticut) and the former national political director for the American Federation of Government Employees, a Union that belongs to the AFL-CIO.
* Involvement in the Democratic Party. Served as Westville (CT) alderman from 1981 to 1990. Dunleavy has been involved in every campaign mounted by his neighbor,Joseph Lieberman since 1988, including every Senate run and his 2000 bid for the vice-presidency and 2004 presidential run. Dunleavy left AFGE during the 2004 presidential election cycle and in the turmoil, the union failed to organize members to run for seats as delegates to the Democratic National Convention. In 2000, more than 30 members were Democratic delegates. Also worked on 2001 Martin Looney mayoral campaign. In spite of his support of the more-conservative Lieberman over insurgent Senate candidate Lamont in 2006 he said, "I still consider myself a wacko lefty." http://www.govexec.com/features/0704-01/0704-01s2.htm Speaking about the possibility of a 2004 Gore-Lieberman run, he said "I have heard a number of party leaders advocate the idea to Gore. I think the members of my union would be extremely thrilled with it. Our attitude is that they won the first time." http://www.usnews.com/usnews/news/articles/020429/archive_020659_4.htm

Political Interests and Causes:
* Ethnic Democrats, Unions.

Involvement in 2008 Election:
* Initially supported Christopher Dodd for President and made a donation to the campaign. When Dodd dropped out, he switched quickly to Obama.
``I think Connecticut will be competitive,'' said Dunleavy, who said he likes Obama's stands on the issues and admires the Illinois senator's charisma and enthusiasm. ``I think it has tightened. I have no doubt.'' (http://www.wtic.com/pages/1460631.php?)
* In the February 11 issue of the Central Connecticut Record Journal he said, "It's going to be wild [going into the convention] unless (Obama) can open up a lead."http://www.myrecordjournal.com/site/tab1.cfm?newsid=19285306&BRD=2755&PAG=461&dept_id=592709&rfi=6

Political Donations:
* Since the year 1998 Martin Dunleavy has made $5120 in contributions: $250 to Jim Maloney in 1998,(CT congressional candidate) $250 to Al Gore in 2000, $250 to Ed O'Brien in 2000, $250 to the American Federation of Government Employees PAC in 2000, $250 to the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund in 2001, $250 to Mark Kennedy Shriver in 2002, $250 to Pete Dagher for Congress in 2002, $2000 to Joe Lieberman for President in 2003, $250 to the DNC in 2004, $500 to John Kerry for President in 2004, $250 to Committee for a Democratic Future in 2004, and $250 to Christopher Dodd for President in 2007.

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Stephen Fontana

North Haven, CT

Basic Bio
* Mr. Fontana was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
* He obtained a B.A. in Creative Writing from Oberlin University in 1985, an M.B.A. from the Johnson School of
Management at Cornell University in 1989, and a J.D. from University of Connecticut School of Law in 1996.
* He is self employed as a real estate title investigator and is not currently a practicing attorney.

Involvement in the Democratic Party
* Fontana is a Connecticut State Representative, and is the chair of the State General Assembly Energy & Technology Committee and is also a member of both the Transportation and Insurance & Real Estate committees.
* He has been a state representative since 1996 and has won consecutive terms.
* He is currently the Vice Chairman of the Connecticut Democratic Party.
* He has made appearances and endorsed Barack Obama since Obama launched his Connecticut candidacy at Yale University..

Personal Political Interests And Issues
* Fontana has appeared in the press for his work on a bill protecting animal rights and for the rights of animals kept in shelters.
* People would know him for his protest of the maltreatment of elephants working in circus shows.
* He is known for trying to reduce the costs of consumer energy bills.
* He is also known for quality of life issues (promoting the construction of noise barriers near the homes of his constituents who live near major highways).

Involvement In 2008 Election - Campaign Appearances, Statements
* Fontana has publicly declared for Barack Obama, and has appeared at events with the candidate, including the kickoff of Obama's Connecticut campaign at Yale University.

Contributions To Candidates
* He made one $250 contribution to Chris Dodd for President, Inc.

Previous Campaign Work
* Fontana has worked on the 1992 campaigns of Chris Dodd, Paul Tsongas, and Bill Clinton.

Connections To Politicians, Leaders On State Level
* He has worked on the campaigns of U.S. Representative Rosa De Lauro since 1992.

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