There are 26 names on the ballot for this year\u2019s municipal election, but no one has to worry about not being elected because there are no contested races. In fact, the memberships of two of Wilton\u2019s major boards \u2014 Board of Selectmen and Board of Finance \u2014 will not change as they now stand. Voters may cast a ballot for these volunteer public servants on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Each of Wilton\u2019s three polling places will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.: District 1 \u2014 Wilton High School Clune Center, 395 Danbury Road. District 2 \u2014 Cider Mill School main gymnasium, 240 School Road. District 3 \u2014 Middlebrook School gymnasium, 131 School Road. The registrars of voters remind Wilton electors that Miller-Driscoll School is not a polling place. Those unsure of where they should vote may check at the registrars page on the town website, wiltonct.org. There are no questions on this year\u2019s ballot. Previous issues of The Bulletin have covered the candidates chosen to serve on the Board of Selectmen and Board of Finance. Selectmen Jim Saxe (R) and Richard Dubow (D) are both up for re-election. Board of Finance Chairman Warren L. Serenbetz and member Jeffrey Rutishuaser, both Republicans, are also up for re-election. Richard Creeth, a Democrat, recently took the seat of Andy Pforzheimer and now stands for that position. Board of Education The Board of Education will see a change in membership with the departure of Republican Gil Bray and Democrat Karen Birck, both of whom have served two four-year terms and thus are term-limited. Chairman Bruce Likly has served one term and is on the ballot to serve a second. The Republican candidate to replace Mr. Bray is Glenn Hemmerlee, a retired retail executive and a member of the Wilton Library board of trustees. The Democratic candidate to replace Ms. Birck is Christopher Stroup, chairman and CEO of Wilton Re and an operating partner of Stone Point Capital. \u00a0The Bulletin reached out to Mr. Stroup to ask his thoughts on issues facing the Board of Education, but because he was traveling in Asia, his opportunity to respond was limited. Among the main challenges facing the board is the selection of a new superintendent to replace the retiring Gary Richards, he said. What he would like to see in a successful candidate is \u201cdemonstrated success in developing teachers and curricula that translates into improved outcomes for students.\u201d As to questions regarding meeting the needs of both special education students and general education students and possible challenges posed by implementation of the Common Core, he said that once he joined the board he would study the issues and form a position. Mr. Hemmerlee enumerated several issues facing the board: \u2022 Identifying and bringing on board a new superintendent. \u2022 How and what to do to deal with the Miller-Driscoll facility. \u2022 Adoption and implementation of the new Common Core curriculum. \u2022 How to continue to meet the needs of special education students. \u2022 Maintaining the fiscal discipline necessary so that we do not negatively affect the financial stability of the town of Wilton. Regarding selection of a new superintendent, Mr. Hemmerlee said he thought Dr. Richards has done \u201can outstanding job\u201d and planned to meet with the firm conducting the search. \u201cI think a hard thing to find, but if we could, would be someone who could bring a background in education \u2014 run a school district as large as ours \u2014 but marry that with some experience in the business world,\u201d he said. \u201cWe are talking about running an $80-million business. Some strong financial acumen, along with an excellent communicator, someone who can lay out the objectives in a way that is objective rather than subjective. Someone who can deal more in black and white than shades of gray, but that is hard to do in the education arena.\u201d Still, he said, \u201cthat would be an important issue.\u201d Reining in costs for special education, which are tied up with unfunded state mandates, will be difficult he said, but it is important to try. \u201cThis is not just a Wilton issue,\u201d he said. \u201cIt is statewide.\u201d Noting that \u201cevery penny of increase in this year\u2019s budget went to special education needs,\u201d he said, \u201cI don\u2019t know if we can continue to do that.\u201d Still, he is committed, he said, to finding \u201ca way to do it not at the expense of our kids.\u201d Mr. Likly identified hiring a new superintendent as the main issue before the board, followed by implementation of the Common Core and the new teacher evaluation program. \u201cRelative to finances, I believe that continuing on the path of sharing information with citizens about our school programs and their costs and performance across all aspects of the district will help people develop more informed judgments about the district and its programs and how it invests the funds it is given each year,\u201d he said. \u201cThe citizens of Wilton are very pro education, but they are also, especially in these difficult financial times, pro value. Providing additional insight into the district helps highlight the value received for the investments made and helps insure investment in programs that are important to the town now and in the future.\u201d Of Mr. Hemmerlee and Mr. Stroup, he said, \u201cI\u2019ve met both new candidates for the Board of Education and am thrilled they\u2019ve stepped forward to serve. They each bring with them a wealth of knowledge and experience in working in and managing large organizations, and I think they\u2019ll be quick learners in understanding the complex dynamics of our district and its operations, which includes almost 600 employees, over 4,000 students, 17,000 citizen stakeholders, and an abundance of state and federal regulations.\u201d Other positions The rest of the ballot looks as follows: Board of Assessment Appeals: There is only one candidate, Republican Frank Oliveri. Planning & Zoning: There are five four-year terms and two two-year vacancies. The Republicans have nominated Peter Shiue, Sally Poundstone and Joe Fiteni for the four-year terms. The Democrats have nominated Frank Wong and Doris Knapp. For the two-year terms, the Democrats put up Bas Nabulsi, and the Republicans put up incumbent Marilyn Gould. Zoning Board of Appeals: There are two four-year terms. The Republican line shows Tim Meyer and the Democratic line shows Brian Lilly. Republican Al Nickel is running for a two-year term. Republican L. Michael Rudolph and Democrat Andrew McNee are running for two alternate seats. Constables: There are five seats open. The Republicans have named incumbents Richard Ziegler, Christopher Gardner and Christopher Dubrowski. The Democrats have named incumbents Deborah McFadden and Bo Mitchell.