WILTON - Several of Connecticut's top brass came to town Sunday afternoon for the Wilton Democratic Town Committee's 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. "We need good people at the local level," Lamont said. "We're making a big difference in the state and I couldn't do it without each and every one of you." 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. "Stephanie's been an incredible asset up there," he said, noting her work on voter rights. Congressman Jim Himes (D-4) also shared his thoughts with Wilton's DTC. "I owe my initial election to the hard work that you did," he said, calling details and commitment at the local level "unsexy and unglamorous." Tong called town government "the basic building block of our country, of our democracy." "It's about the Board of Selectmen, the Board of Education, the Board of Finance ..." Tong said. "This is where we have to hold it together, because so much is at stake." DTC members concurred, including Melissa Spohn, co-campaign chair for the slate. "Who you have in office at all levels of government is important," she said, noting protection of one's rights and values begins in your municipality. "If we don't have strong local leaders, it's hard to find us the right leaders to tap into," Thomas said, stressing the importance of "forward-thinking, proactive elected officials." Bysiewicz noted that, once upon a time, Wilton's political face used to be much different. "There was a day not too long ago when you could fit the Wilton Democrats under that tent," she said, noting how encouraging it was to see the current number of Democratic candidate signs throughout town. "We are here because we appreciate everything you've done for us," she said. Tong concurred.