Democrats honor two of note

Wilton Democrats honored a longtime member and a dedicated community volunteer at their annual spring breakfast Saturday, April 26, at Trackside.

Charles B. (Charlie) Lewis was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement award and Kimberly Johnson was named Wiltonian of the Year. U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) was a special guest, and Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling was the keynote speaker at the event, which attracted a sizable crowd.

“I am overwhelmed and deeply appreciative,” Mr. Lewis said at the end of the morning events. “It just makes me think how many great people are active in the Democratic Party.”

Mr. Lewis, who has lived in Wilton for 38 years, currently serves on the Board of Assessment Appeals and is a justice of the peace. With a law degree from Emory University, Mr. Lewis served as a legal officer in the Air Force and remained in the Air Force Reserve after leaving active duty.

He worked as an assistant United States attorney, and then became a senior attorney for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) in Washington D.C. When he was named regional counsel for the ATF in New York City in 1975, he moved here with his wife and four children.

“For the Wilton Democratic Town Committee — which has honored Ernie Loser, Louise and Fred Herot, and David Borglum — it is a distinct honor to present the Lifetime Achievement award to Charlie Lewis in recognition of his significant commitment and contributions to our community,” a press release from the committee said. “Having gained the respect and admiration of anyone who has ever met him, Charlie has a reputation of achievement, fairness and good character that has been celebrated by many in town.”

Ms. Johnson is not a member of the Democratic Party, but the committee wanted to recognize “her commitment to maintaining Wilton’s unique character and [preservation of] its small-town values.”

“She embodies what we thought that award represents,” committee chairman Tom Dec said.

“I am very honored and thank everyone at the Democratic Town Committee,” she said. “I am lucky to live in such a wonderful town with such wonderful people.”

Ms. Johnson has lived in Wilton 15 years and has been active in a number of volunteer positions. The wife and mother of three currently serves as a director on the boards of Boy Scout Troop 20, Friends of Ambler Farm and the Wilton Children’s Theater. She also volunteers with Minks to Sinks.

After graduating from the University of Vermont, she joined the Peace Corps, serving as an agricultural volunteer in the Philippines. Continuing her dedication to improving the lives of individuals and families, she has worked for a number of nonprofit organizations. Having earned a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy last year, she now works as a caseworker in the Norwalk office of Person-to-Person, which provides emergency assistance to families in a number of towns, including Wilton.