WILTON \u2014 Several of Connecticut\u2019s top brass came to town Sunday afternoon for the Wilton Democratic Town Committee\u2019s annual fundraiser barbecue at Merwin Meadows. Gov. Ned Lamont, who shared with some of the Wilton candidates about his own experiences serving at the town level on both the Greenwich Boards of Selectmen and Estimate & Taxation, arrived with Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz. They were shortly followed by Attorney General William Tong. \u201cWe need good people at the local level,\u201d Lamont said. \u201cWe\u2019re making a big difference in the state and I couldn\u2019t do it without each and every one of you.\u201d He likened the visit to a homecoming of sorts, noting that he onced lived nearby on Nod Hill Road. Lamont also praised Wilton first-term State Rep. Stephanie Thomas (D-143) for her work in Hartford. \u201cStephanie\u2019s been an incredible asset up there,\u201d he said, noting her work on voter rights. Congressman Jim Himes (D-4) also shared his thoughts with Wilton\u2019s DTC. \u201cI owe my initial election to the hard work that you did,\u201d he said, calling details and commitment at the local level \u201cunsexy and unglamorous.\u201d Tong called town government \u201cthe basic building block of our country, of our democracy.\u201d \u201cIt\u2019s about the Board of Selectmen, the Board of Education, the Board of Finance \u2026\u201d Tong said. \u201cThis is where we have to hold it together, because so much is at stake.\u201d DTC members concurred, including Melissa Spohn, co-campaign chair for the slate. \u201cWho you have in office at all levels of government is important,\u201d she said, noting protection of one\u2019s rights and values begins in your municipality. \u201cIf we don\u2019t have strong local leaders, it\u2019s hard to find us the right leaders to tap into,\u201d Thomas said, stressing the importance of \u201cforward-thinking, proactive elected officials.\u201d Bysiewicz noted that, once upon a time, Wilton\u2019s political face used to be much different. \u201cThere was a day not too long ago when you could fit the Wilton Democrats under that tent,\u201d she said, noting how encouraging it was to see the current number of Democratic candidate signs throughout town. \u201cWe are here because we appreciate everything you\u2019ve done for us,\u201d she said. Tong concurred.