20-year registrar Gardner will not run again

Wilton’s Republican Registrar of Voters Tina Gardner, who has served in this capacity since 1998, will not seek re-election when her term expires in early January 2017.
“I’ve been here almost 20 years,” Gardner told The Bulletin,” and I think that it’s time for someone new.

“I think I’ve served the town — the job becomes more complex every year. New things are added, not subtracted. I just think it’d be nice to have somebody new,” Gardner said.

“But I do enjoy it,” she added. “I’m looking forward to the presidential primary and the presidential election, which I will be doing, and probably another primary in August, so I have a full plate ahead of me,” Gardner said.

Gardner actually came out the other side of a primary in 2010, when she did not receive the Wilton Republican Town Committee’s endorsement. That year, she was the biggest vote-getter in town in the November election.

“I was here for the changing of voting equipment from lever machines to the tabulators and the handicap-accessible machines; I was here for the 2012 redistricting,” Gardner said as she looked back on her years of service.

RTC Chairman Al Alper told The Bulletin,”Tina has been our registrar of voters for quite some time, and she has been diligent in her responsibilities. She takes with her an extraordinary amount of institutional knowledge that the next registrar is going to have a heavy lift at the onset to overcome, but I’m confident that the individual that we select will be more that capable in that position.”

The committee will endorse a candidate May 18.

When asked if she was excited at the prospect of changing things up, Gardner said, “I think I am. I have some things I’d like to do, though I still have family in the area that I have to take into consideration. I don’t think I’m moving, still planning to be in Wilton, and if I can serve in another capacity in town I probably will.”