For the first time in 10 years, Wilton\u2019s Democrats will have a candidate running for first selectman on election day, Nov. 3. Deborah McFadden, now a selectman, announced she is running for the top post on the steps of town hall Monday morning, June 29.\u201cI think Wilton deserves a choice,\u201d she said, and \u201cthe winners will be the people of Wilton.\u201dhttps:\/\/soundcloud.com\/hersam-acorn-radio\/2015-0629-deborah-mcfadden-announces-run-for-wilton-first-selectman McFadden will begin her campaign right away with a listening tour. Her first stop will be the town\u2019s Fourth of July festivities. She also plans to go door-to-door to talk with Wiltonians. She said she will focus on is improving communication and increase citizen participation.\u201cOne of the issues I want to work on is communication from town hall,\u201d she said. \u201cI do hear from citizens, they feel they are not being heard and that\u2019s one of the reasons I want to do a listening tour. I want to hear them.\u201dMcFadden\u2019s other areas of concern include:\u2022 Maintaining a proper balance between Wilton\u2019s past history and values and the need for further economic development;\u2022 More attention to the needs of senior citizens, including new programs. She would also like to see another task force in place to explore tax relief for seniors.\u2022 Addressing the \u201cdelicate balance\u201d of taxes and services.McFadden is filling out the unexpired term of former Democratic selectman Ted Hoffstatter, a step, she said, was not intended as a springboard to running for first selectman.\u201cHowever since January two things have happened,\u201d she said in her announcement. \u201cFirst, I have discovered how much I love doing this work. There is a profound sense of satisfaction in serving the community. Second, I have had numerous people come to me \u2014 sometimes multiple times \u2014 asking me to run.\u201dShe initially said no, but then turned to her family.\u201cWe began to seriously discuss what it would look like if I ran. After much soul searching and with the support of my husband Jack and my son Joey, we agreed it was the right thing to do and this was the right time.\u201dMcFadden acknowledged that Republicans outnumber Democrats in Wilton \u2014 although there are more unaffiliated voters \u2014 and said she would be an \u201cunderdog\u201d if she is the Democratic nominee. A Democrat has not held the seat since 1973, when Philip Dilloway won in an upset.But, she added, \u201cI am not a sacrificial lamb. I am in it to win it.\u201dMcFadden must now seek the nomination of the Democratic party. The Democratic Town Committee will meet July 7, and on July 22 the Democratic Caucus will take place. All registered Democrats may attend the caucus, where the party\u2019s slate for all open seats will be selected.McFadden has lived in Wilton almost 18 years. Her public service up to this point includes working in the mayor\u2019s office in Salt Lake City, and she has served as a town constable, an elected position. She has also served as vice chair of the Democratic Town Committee since 2003. On the federal side, she has been a member of the Electoral College.Pointing out it is still early in the election season, McFadden said she is still organizing her campaign. More information is available at www.wiltonfordeb.org.