There was a full house Wednesday evening, July 22, as the Republican Town Committee met to assemble its slate of candidates for the Nov. 3 election.
Each of the candidates, announced by the chair of the nominating committees, was unanimously endorsed.
Those whose names will appear on the ballot are:
• First Selectman: Lynne Vanderslice;
• Selectman: Michael Kaelin;
• Board of Finance: Peter Balderston and Walter Kress;
• Board of Education: Christine Finkelstein, Lory Rothstein;
• Board of Assessment Appeals: Don Drummond;
• Planning and Zoning Commission: Lori Bufano, Scott Lawrence, Karen Venditti,;
• Zoning Board of Appeals: Gary Battaglia, Libby Bufano, Joshua Cole, Andrea Preston, Kenny Rhodes, and Tracey Serpa;
• Constables: Dick Zeigler, Chris Dubrowski, and Chris Gardner.
This is what we work so hard for for two years,” RTC Chair Al Alper said in opening the meeting. “Local elections are the most important. They define what the character and quality of life we enjoy here in Wilton Will look like for at least the next few years.”
In announcing the candidates for selectman and first selectman, Warren Serenbetz said he and his nominating committee spent a month and a half vetting candidates. The committee voted unanimously for Kaelin, who is has been filling the unexpired term of former selectman Hal Clark since November 2014.
Three candidates stepped forward to be considered for the first selectman’s seat, Serenbetz said, “and we met twice with each trying to understand their vision for Wilton.”
They unanimously endorsed Vanderslice, who currently serves as vice chair of the Board of Finance, and the other two candidates withdrew their names.
Accepting the nomination Vanderslice said, “Wilton is a wonderful town. Through my involvement in A Better Chance, the [Wilton] Playshop, the library and the Board of Finance and now the RTC, I have met so many people with diverse interests and backgrounds. The one thing they all have in common is their desire to make Wilton a better place. All of us want Wilton to be that special place which attracts both families and singles, which encourages empty nesters to remain and where those who grew up in Wilton return to raise their children.”