6 February 2018
Joint Press Release:
Micah Welintukonis, unaffiliated candidate for governor, announced Saturday at a campaign event that Chiara Mannheimer, a resident of Torrington, will be his running mate in the 2018 gubernatorial race.
Chiara offers diversity and a skill set lacking in most politicians. She feels that being able to relate to all the residents of Connecticut, and not just the select few that the major political parties cater to, is an essential need in order for our state to grow and thrive.
Chiara stated she wants Connecticut to regain its title as one of the best places to live, learn, and build business. She says she respects Micah for his boots on the ground approach to addressing the issues facing the state, and his willingness to be the initiator of change, rather than sitting back expecting change to happen.
Micah said, “This is an important moment for the people of Connecticut to have a real voice in change. Voters are taking notice of and appreciating our grass roots efforts. Our motto ‘ConnectiCan’ means that we can forge ahead, we can bring about necessary change, and we can truly represent all the people.”
With people like Micah and Chiara willing to make the changes this state needs, we are on to the start of something great for Connecticut.
To learn more about Chiara click here.
Last Saturday almost 6,000 gallons of oil leaked in Waterbury. Micah wanted to ensure that proper measures were in place to protect our environment. The next day he drove an hour to the site, and saw that containment efforts from the oil spill had failed, and potentially hundreds of gallons were flowing into the Naugatuck River! Micah immediately dialed 911, and contacted the CT DEEP Dispatch center. State and local officials arrived on scene, and a cleanup crew was dispatched. Micah was ensured that the company responsible is being held accountable. Video of what Micah witnessed can be viewed at his Facebook page #Micah4CT
Please help support Micah's efforts on keeping our rivers, and environment clean. Please support him now by donating here.
News related article.
As many of you well know we are facing an over $200 Million deficit. As an Unaffiliated candidate for governor, I wanted to take the time to offer some possible solutions. I whole heartedly urge you to review the following expenditures I have identified in our state.
In the last Fiscal year, our tax dollars shelled out roughly $1.5 Billion in fringe benefits alone (transparency.ct.gov). Managers’ and political appointees’ fringe benefits should be reviewed and reduced. Currently we have state employees collecting hazard duty towards their retirement, that does not warrant it. Please review personnel assigned to the Connecticut Department of Corrections Central Office, 24 Wolcott Hill Road, Wethersfield, CT. There are numerous people who do not step foot in a prison.
With the closing of numerous correctional facilities, what happened to the Deputy wardens, and other high management non-union employees? Millions has been spent in overtime pay this fiscal year; using per diem, part-time employees that receive no benefits can reduce costs.
On another note, CT Transit buses are often completely empty at night, yet still operating around our state. The Governor has the authority to declare a transportation emergency and hours can be changed.
In regard to UConn, they can grant a paid sabbatical leave for a period of one year (two academic semesters). Leave may be taken for the full period at half pay or for up to half the period at full pay. According to the UConn Board of Trustees Agenda and Attachment dated February 22, 2017, there were 40 sabbatical leaves listed. For example, Robert Astur, an Associate Professor of Psychological Sciences, Liberal Arts and Sciences, applied for sabbatical for the “Full Fall” 2017. The total for his 2017 salary was $95,659! Also, UConn’s President Susan Herbst’s annual salary is slated to be more than double that of the President of the United States, and more than five times that of Governor Malloy.
UConn is projecting the following fringe benefit increases for future budget years projections:
Description FY18 FY19* FY20* FY21* FY22*
Faculty 55.6 57.0 58.0 59.0 60.0
Professional 67.3 69.0 70.0 72.0 73.0
In addition, since July 1, 2017, the state has spent the following (opencheckbook.ct.gov):
$22.82 million on Premises Rentals. In November 2017 I did an FOIA Request concerning furniture expenditures. I noticed on the state contracting portal (DAS Contract #15PSX0041) that numerous contractors had gone out of business. I was shocked to hear that there is no actual expenditure information in the systems with manufacturers and DAS Procurement Services.
$9.85 million in Motor Vehicle Rentals. According to the FOI I received, "home garaged" vehicles accounted for $9.85 million (Non-Law Enforcement); that also does not include fuel.
$1.15 million in Payments to Inmates/Clients
$1.11 million on Out-Of-State Travel
$346,224 in Storage Expenses
$170,947 in Catering Services
$117,784 for In-State Travel
$91,538 under “Transportation of Persons-Gen” expense category, was paid to RM Bradley, Commercial Brokerage and Property Management
$76,950 to Kramer Entertainment Agency
$35,770 to Connecticut Parson Team
$28,144 for Beeper/Pager Services (Who still has these?)
$25,000 to Harbor Yard Sports & Entertainment
$11,163 to Edgewood Party Rentals
$9,749 to Drapemasters of Hartford
$5,761.39 a month for the Governor’s 2nd office space in DC
(not including other fees)
$8,794 to Yellow Taxi
$8,741 to Pryme Tyme Entertainment
$3,000 to William Morris Endeavor Entertainment
$2,000 for “Design Studio,” please see “General Honoraria”Fund
Eliminating wasteful spending can only benefit our state.
Micah needs your help in fighting wasteful spending. Please support him now by donating here.
Micah can be contacted 860-682-0233 or via email at Micah4CT@yahoo.com
Unaffiliated Candidate for Governor
For the month of November Micah Welintukonis will be participating in “No-Shave November” in an effort to “grow” awareness of key men’s health issues affecting veterans and first responders.
Nearly 50,000 cancer cases are reported in the Veterans Affairs Central Cancer Registry (VACCR) annually and 97% of those diagnosed were men. Cancer is also an occupational illness affecting our first responders. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service, men are 70 percent less likely to seek treatment than women.
“Many people know of a relative, friend or veteran, who has been struck with cancer. November is dedicated to raising awareness about this. My goal for No-Shave November is to draw attention to men’s health issues such as cancer prevention. I want to remind men of just how significant early detection can be in saving their lives.”
“I would strongly encourage all men to schedule regular doctor visits, and talk to their providers,” Micah said. “The more we recognize our risks and discuss them with our doctors, the better we can live.” I hope other candidates, and elected officials will join me, in raising awareness.
Please join me at no-shave.org/team/CTCares and for more info about prevention and detection visit https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/dcpc/resources/features/cancerandmen/index.htm
I wanted to provide the citizens of our state with a brief “After Action Storm Review” by #Eversource. As I “toured” some 100 plus miles of eastern CT the last two days, with chainsaw in hand. I can attest to only seeing 5 utility trucks. Citizens are now calling them #Neversource. As one First Selectman put it, they did not adhere to the emergency response plans set in place.
If our tax dollars can provide Eversource with over $51 Million last fiscal year, and over $18 Million so far this year; then better customer service and storm preparation needs to be done. Given the lack of responsibility by them, and an investigation being conducted on alleged market abuse. I would ask that you, our currently elected state representatives weigh in on PURA and deny the request for a 6.79 percent rate hike.
I take pride in listening and caring for our state, and will be better at being proactive to approaching storms. I am not dissatisfied in any way shape or form with the crews who are busting their butts to restore power to CT residents. This is obviously a state leaders and Eversource management issue.
Thank you for your time.
Hi everyone: Please be advised that from this date, I will be putting my campaign on hold for as long as I am needed to help assist our nation's first responders with Hurricane Irma. Where ever this storm hits will be catastrophic. Hurricane Harvey has exhausted our First Responders, they will need much more help.
I have prayed about this, and with my wife's blessing, I feel it's my duty to help. I can't sit idly by and watch the news. I cannot break away from following my heart. It has guided me through life in making a difference wherever I can.
On Saturday, I will depart on a journey to make basic necessity supply runs to local police, fire and those who will be effected by Irma.
No matter where you are, or who you are, we have to try to make a difference. The heart and the human spirit of Americans has to be bigger than politics, and nature.
I want to thank all my loyal followers for their continued support, and ask that if they choose to further my calling, they can visit the GoFund me page I created for this cause.
All proceeds will be going to help those in need. I will post detailed updates as to where any donations are spent, on my many social media platforms.
This is bigger than Connecticut, but can help. I challenge other elected officials and candidates to follow suit. #ConnecticutCares
Thank you and God Bless.
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August 7 is Purple Heart Day, this special day is to honor the lives and sacrifices of the men and women who have put their lives on the line for the U.S. As a Purple Heart recipient I understand, and am fully aware of the challenges our Veterans face. I am committed to fixing these issues.
This special award is the oldest military honor, starting in 1932. However, George Washington presented a similar award, called the Badge of Military Merit, on August 7, 1782.
It’s estimated that over 1.8 million Purple Hearts have been awarded since it was established. The award is presented to military service-members who are wounded or killed in action.
May 1st, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
COVENTRY — Today, Micah Welintukonis, Candidate for Governor made the
following statement on his decision to withdraw from Connecticut’s Citizen Election
Program. “I will not use taxpayers’ dollars to fund my campaign. I’m leaving it up to the
voters to decide who they would like to contribute to”.