Democrats endorse committee members
Wilton Democrats endorsed 31 candidates to become members of the Democratic Town Committee at their caucus on Tuesday evening, Jan. 16. With a potential of 34 members, three slots remain open.
Because none of the seats were contested, the nominees were approved by acclamation of the 35 registered Democrats who attended the caucus. Their terms will extend from 2018 to 2020.
Should anyone wish to challenge the slate, they would need to file for a primary by Jan. 31. Acting DTC Chair Tom Dubin said this would be unlikely, since open seats remain. Should there be no primary, the nominees would be automatically elected.
The nominees are: Thomas Burgess, Paul Burnham, Bob Carney, Richard Creeth, Tom Dubin, Max Fanwick, Patti Frisch, Ken Hoffman, Ted Hoffstatter, Leslie Holmes, Florence Johnson, John Kalamarides, Jackie Kremer, and Charles Lewis.
Also: Alison Mark, Diane Martucci, Deborah McFadden, Jeffrey Miller, Tracy Murray, Ernest Ricco, Richard Ricco, Valerie Rosenson, Victoria Rossi, Bob Sabo, Laura Schwemm, Peter Squiteri, Ross Tartell, Hermon Telyan, Daniel Troph, Steven Wall, and Brad Williams.
Three nominations came from the floor Tuesday night: Alison Mark, Tracy Murray, and Max Fanwick. Mark and Murray volunteered themselves. Mark said she was inspired to step forward given the strong showing by Democrats in the November election.
Fanwick, a Wilton High School graduate, was nominated by Ted Hoffstatter, who praised Fanwick for his efforts on behalf of Hoffstatter’s past election campaigns.
The DTC held a brief business meeting before the caucus, at which it was announced there will be a Democratic contender — Will Haskell — for the 26th district senate seat held by Republican Toni Boucher. Haskell is a college student who has worked for Congressman Jim Himes (D-4th).
Hoffstatter announced he is stepping down from his role as a delegate from the 26th senatorial district to the Democratic State Central Committee in Hartford. He was elected by Democrats to that position in 2016.
Dubin announced Democrats will need representatives to attend the 2018 conventions.