Democrats gather at Bricks & Barley Tavern in Shelton

Congressman Jim Himes dropped by the new Bricks & Barley restaurant and bar in downtown Shelton to have lunch with some fellow Democrats.

From left are Chris Jones, one of the establishment’s owners; Himes; Arlene Liscinsky, a Shelton Board of Education member who is running for state representative in a July 22 special election; and Dave Gioiello, city Democratic Town Committee chairman.

Bricks & Barley Tavern is the former Downtown Danny O’s, which closed earlier this year after more than a decade in business. Jones and his business partners have renovated the inside of the place, at 441 Howe Ave. It is open seven days a week, serving lunch, dinner and late-night food.

Jones is a former aldermen who has run for mayor twice. He’s also a longtime volunteer firefighter.

Himes is seeking re-election to a fourth term this fall in his district, which includes most of Fairfield County, including almost all of Shelton. His opponent is former GOP state Sen. Dan Debicella of Shelton. Himes lives in Greenwich.

Liscinsky is facing off against Republican Ben McGorty of Shelton in the July 22 special electionin the 122nd District  to fill the seat of state Rep. Larry Miller, who died in late May. She has been involved in education issues for many issues. The 122nd District also includes parts of Stratford and Trumbull.

Gioiello has run for mayor twice in the past, including in 2013.