Haddam Woman to Challenge Eileen Daily

Melissa Schlag, founder of the Haddam-based Citizens for the Protection of Public Lands, is running for Senate in the 33rd District.


Melissa Schlag, a Haddam-based small business owner, is running as a Green Party candidate for State Senate. According to a report in the Hartford Courant, Schlag gave her first interview Thursday at on the banks of the Connecticut River, not too far from the land she fought so hard to protect while leading the opposition during the controversy.

Schlag, according to the report, acknowledges that she faces an uphill battle in her campaign against a widely known and well-funded incumbent. As a third-party candidate, Schlag will be challenging current State Senator Eileen Daily (D-Westbrook).

Daily came under fire when she backed the plan for the state to swap a 17.8-acre parcel overlooking the Connecticut River in Haddam’s Tylerville village for an 87-acre piece of forestland in the Higganum section of town owned by the developers of the  at Goodspeed Landing in Haddam.

Daily had during the controversy that she “believes totally that this project is good for the state, good for Haddam and good for East Haddam.”

The plan had been previously rejected twice by state officials, but was later inserted into a conveyance bill at Daily’s request. The swap fell through this month when the developers of the deal because appraisals of the two properties involved showed that the state’s river land is worth significantly more than the Higganum forest land.

Daily is currently serving her 10th term in the 33rd district that includes the towns of Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Lyme Old Saybrook, Portland and Westbrook.

Schlag will need to collect signatures from 20% of voters in the last election, or 8,000 signatures, and raise $15,000 in campaign money, the Courant reported.


David Bedell April 21, 2012 at 10:19 AM
Schlag is already on the ballot. The signatures are to qualify for campaign funding under CT's Citizens' Election Program.
Robert Waz April 21, 2012 at 11:26 AM
Excellent News. Good for you Melissa !!!! Where and how do we sign up?
Myra Aronow April 21, 2012 at 11:26 AM
It will be wonderful to be able to vote for someone we can wholeheartedly support. Go Melissa!
Keep the river front for all of us April 21, 2012 at 11:32 AM
Now I will have someone to vote for and not have to write " None of the above", again. We need someone like you Melissa. Excellent.
Wendy Vincent April 21, 2012 at 12:20 PM
David- Thank you for catching that. I'll adjust the article.
Mary Ann Gilman April 21, 2012 at 01:18 PM
How exciting and WONDERFUL! Missy has taped and documented Haddam Town meetings on her own for five years I just learned! I know she documented many meetings I attended! I hope, Melissa, you can document the April 26th Planning and Zoning Board of Appeals hearing at the Haddam Town Hall, where WFS Earth Materials, LLC. appeals ANOTHER Cease and Desist order. The appeal was issued 2/06/2012 by ZEO, James Puska and was supposed to be "appealed to the ZBof A" quote: within fifteen (15) days of receipt of this notice per Connecticut General Statutes Section 22a-43. unquote Letters were sent out to abutting neighbors of the sandpit on Cedar Lake/Turkey Hill Roads on 04/12/2012........a bit late, no? .......and the silica still flies over ALL the surrounding areaS. Silicosis anyone? http://www.expertlaw.com/library/environmental_law/silicosis.html SUNSHINE Missey, where can I sign and donate to Haddam's most worthy public servant, OUR Melissa Schlag! You GO GIRL and ALL THE BEST TO YOU!
Sunshine April 21, 2012 at 01:32 PM
This is great news, at the very least she will split the democrat vote and the result will be bye bye Eileen. But not to worry, she will land a spot in the Malloy administration, who knows maybe he will even make her the head of the DEEP.
David Cassenti April 21, 2012 at 01:34 PM
I'm sorry - but running for a political office on the basis of one issue seems a bit...well, let's say it makes me wonder WHAT her opinions are on the other issues of the state. Plus, the Land Swap might have been a big issue in our area, but Ms. Daily serves more towns than just the Haddams. What about the issues concerning the residents of THOSE towns. I'd like to see someone with more knowledge about the issues the STATE and REGION is dealing with running against Ms. Daily.
Gene Bartholomew April 21, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Try to get Daily to do a debate where anyone can ask any questions. Last time she would only agree to do one at the Clinton High School where the only ones allowed to ask questions were students, not taxpayers, and all of the questions were screened. She can't do a one on one where anything goes, she fears it.
Sunshine April 21, 2012 at 02:27 PM
You are correct Gene, she is an example of power corrupts.
Pro Death April 21, 2012 at 03:01 PM
I always thought they should have an option for none of the above, and if it received the most votes anyone on the ballet would no longer be able to run for office. That would make me very happy :)
Ilene Coman April 21, 2012 at 07:58 PM
I am so happy that Melissa will be on the ballot. All I need to know is where I can sign my name on that list she needs to have filled up? I don't believe that Melissa is a one issue candidate at all. She showed her leadership and moxie on her drive to stop the swap but she showed that she is there to look out for the environment and our beautiful lands, as well as showing the ability to honor the needs of the business community at the same time. Melissa made it clear that she wasn't against businesses and business owners but against destroying state land that was clearly deeded to be conservation land and open to all CT residents to enjoy...something that Ms. Daily totally ignored. Daily has been in the CT legislature for way too long and has proven that she no longer understands or respects the residents in her town, never mind the state! The way she ran over us shipshod, using her power in the legislature and with Malloy, to be able to hand the 17 acres of riverview land on a platter to the Riverhouse Properties, demonstrates how corrupt she is! Just because she's been there so long shouldn't be a reason to vote for Daily! Her time has come and gone. I am so pleased that Melissa is running! I hope she gets all the signatures she needs so that people will have a real choice next election! I'll be voting for her for sure! Melissa has what it takes to be a great representative for our area and a voice we can trust...something Eileen Daily no longer has!!!
sharon botelle April 22, 2012 at 12:00 AM
She has my vote.
Henry Thepoet April 22, 2012 at 06:43 AM
We all just assumed that the deal was done and were overjoyed to hear that the land swap had been stopped. If Melissa was the reason for this reversal it is almost a miracle in current day CT democrat run socialism. We do need a change and if melissa represents that change I would support her wholeheartedly.
Melissa Schlag April 22, 2012 at 11:46 AM
Hi everyone. Here is the link to our mailing and email address and a link to our Facebook page. Contact us anytime. (Website will be up in a few days, www.schlagforsenate.com) Looking forward to putting you back in power! PO Box 105, Higganum CT 06441 schlagforsenate@hotmail.com http://www.facebook.com/schlagforsenate
Serene Skeptic April 24, 2012 at 03:11 AM
Thank you for running! This is certainly good news. I'll ddefinitely take the time to peruse your website.
Wren April 29, 2012 at 12:59 PM
While I agree with you that Melissa cannot run on one issue, she's a bright young woman and a small business owner. I am sure she is aware of many of the issues and is capable of learning. Eileen Daily has been a politician for so long, I believe she has forgotten many of the issues that effect people who aren't in big business and real estate - people cannot afford to give her large donations.
Ebolastar May 04, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Eileen Daily is 0 for 3 in trying to trade away our state land. Will she try a 4th time?
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