Two Fairfield Democrats face state election enforcement investigation

Fairfield Republican Town Committee Chairman James Millington announced that he is filing a State Election Enforcement Commission (SEEC) complaint alleging that two prominent Democrats “willfully and knowingly violated federal, state and municipal laws” by serving in political office in Fairfield and voting in two elections all the while residing in the City of Bridgeport. The complaint names Jennifer Hochberg-Toller and John Tyson Toller, collectively the “Tollers.”

The revelations, which came to light just last week, resulted in:

  • The resignation of Jennifer Hochberg-Toller from the RTM in District 4
  • The resignation of Jennifer Hochberg-Toller as a candidate for re-election to RTM District 4
  • The dismissal of Jennifer Hochberg-Toller as a member of the Fairfield Democratic Town Committee (DTC)

John Tyson Toller, despite calls for his resignation, remains a Justice of the Peace in Fairfield, though he was dismissed from the DTC.

The SEEC complaint states that on Oct. 24, 2017, Millington received information alleging that the Tollers had moved from Church Hill Road in Fairfield to a rental apartment in Bridgeport following the couple’s wedding in August 2016. After receiving this information, Millington immediately sent a text message to both Jennifer Hochberg-Toller and Democratic Town Committee Chairman Steve Sheinberg advising them of the allegation.

Millington stated Hochberg-Toller did not respond to him and that Sheinberg responded that he would look into the matter. On Oct. 25, after failing to receive an answer from either Hochberg-Toller or Sheinberg, Millington contacted First Selectman Mike Tetreau. Millington stated that Tetreau reported back to him a short time later that the information was correct, and that the DTC would be calling for the immediate resignation of the Tollers.

The SEEC complaint outlines actions taken by the Tollers in the period between August 2016 and the date of this complaint. The following is a summary of the Toller’s actions that are fully described with supporting documentation in the SEEC complaint:

Jennifer Hochberg-Toller

  1. Regularly attended, cast votes and spoke as a Representative of District 4 at RTM meetings.
  2. Voted against a proposed budget reduction that resulted in a 20-20 tie causing the motion to fail and no reduction to be made.
  3. In July 2017, she accepted the DTC nomination to run for re-election to the RTM in District 4.
  4. On July 19, 2017, she completed a SEEC Registration of Candidate form where she signed attesting that “I hereby certify and state, under penalties of false statement, that…. is true, accurate and complete to the best of my knowledge.” The address listed was Church Hill Road in Fairfield.
  5. On July 19, 2017, she accepted the Working Families Party nomination to run for RTM District 4.
  6. In December 2016, she signed a petition as an “elector” of the Town of Fairfield to force a special election for Selectman.
  7. Voted in Fairfield during the November 2016 Presidential Election and the Special Election held in June 2017.
  8. Served as an elected member of the DTC in District 4 and as a DTC District Leader until she was recently dismissed.

John Tyson Toller

  1. Held and continues to hold the office of Justice of the Peace.
  2. Voted in Fairfield during the November 2016 Presidential Election and the Special Election held in June 2017.
  3. Served as an elected member of the DTC in District 4 until he was recently dismissed.
  4. In February 2017, he was a plaintiff in a lawsuit brought against the Town of Fairfield claiming he was a harmed elector regarding the special election for Selectman.

Millington stated: “I cannot understand why the Tollers would put themselves in this position through a series of misrepresentations of where they lived.”

Millington noted that he was told that the DTC is investigating who, if anyone else, might have known about the Toller’s move to Bridgeport. He added: “The Tollers were heavily involved in the DTC and it is difficult to believe that no one asked them where they were going to live after they were married or that no one noticed they were living in Bridgeport for well over a year.”

The most recent SEEC complaint comes on the heels of a complaint filed by Millington in April of this year alleging that the Fairfield Democratic Town Committee accepted over $60,000 in an illegal contribution for the use of commercial business space to run its political headquarters. That complaint was accepted by the SEEC, and has been under investigation ever since.

For more information email [email protected].

About author

By participating in the comments section of this site you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and User Agreement

© HAN Network. All rights reserved. Fairfield Sun, 1000 Bridgeport Avenue, Shelton, CT 06484

Designed by WPSHOWER

Powered by WordPress