McFadden, Burnham to be honored as Democrats of the Year

The Wilton Democratic Town Committee (DTC) will honor Deborah McFadden and Paul Burnham as Democrats of the Year during its annual Spring Breakfast on April 28.

McFadden has been deeply involved in Wilton community affairs since moving here two decades ago She served several terms as constable and was appointed to the Board of Selectmen for an interim term in 2015. In November, McFadden was elected as a member of the Board of Selectmen and has held board positions at the Norwalk River Valley Trail, Wilton Security Council and Trackside Teen Center. She is also a former member of the Electoral College, and for two years prior to her recent Board of Selectmen election, was chair of the DTC.

Burnham, a trust and estate attorney with Gregory and Adams in Wilton, is a longtime leader of the DTC, most recently as chair of its nominating committee. He was a candidate for the Connecticut State Legislature in 2004, has been been a fixture in Wilton town governance — serving on the Board of Finance (1993-2001), the town Charter Revision Commission (2008-2009) and the town Retirement Plan Investment Committee (1993 to present) — over the past 25 years. Burnham is past president of the Wilton Rotary Club and has been general counsel for the Wilton Congregational Church since 2007.

John Kalamarides, who headed the DTC’s awards committee, said McFadden and Burnham were chosen because of “their long and devoted record of public service to Wilton and to the Wilton Democratic party.”

“Each has served in elected office, appointed positions, and in a number of party roles to insure that local and state functions work well. Each has given many hours of volunteer service to nonprofit charitable organizations as officers and leaders,” he said.

“They are truly outstanding individuals and Democrats who give of themselves for the betterment of the community and all its residents.”

Connecticut Against Gun Violence Executive Director Jeremy Stein will be guest speaker at the Spring Breakfast, which will take place from 9 to 11 at Trackside Teen Center.

Tickets are $35 for adults available at — ($40 at the door); $5 for children 6-18 and free for children 5 and under.