Government Guide 2014

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2014 Voters’ Guide

Compiled each year as a public service by the League of Women Voters of Darien   and presented by The Darien Times.

Vote Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Remember: Democracy Is Not A Spectator Sport

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that encourages the informed and active participation of all citizens in the process of government. The LWV of Darien is a local group of both men and women who strive to improve the quality of democracy by increasing voters’ knowledge of candidates and issues.

The Voters’ Guide is designed to provide information about the candidates to the public in a nonpartisan and balanced way to assist them in casting an informed vote on Election Day.

Questionnaires were submitted to all candidates, asking one or more specific questions.  Responses were limited to a specific word count and are printed exactly as submitted by the candidates.

(*) Signifies that the candidate is an incumbent

This year Connecticut voters will also be voting on a ballot question concerning amending the Constitution of the State.

Note: All offices appear in the order in which they appear on the ballot. The ballot question will be in a separate box on the right side of your ballot.

Ballot Question

On Election Day, Tuesday, November 4th, 2014, Connecticut voters will vote on this ballot question:

“Shall the Constitution of the State be amended to remove restrictions concerning absentee ballots and to permit a person to vote without appearing at a polling place on the day of an election? Vote Yes or No”

What does this mean?

The Connecticut Constitution currently requires in-person voting on Election Day, with specifically delineated exceptions for  absentee ballots. In 2012, the Connecticut General Assembly approved a resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution which, if approved by the majority of the voters in the upcoming election, would grant increased authority to the General Assembly regarding election administration. This resolution proposes a constitutional amendment for the stated purpose of:

  • Eliminating the requirement for electors to gather on Election Day to cast votes for state officers  and legislators
  • Removing the constitutional restrictions on absentee voting.

What will a YES vote mean?

A YES vote means that restricting language in the State Constitution would be removed, allowing the General Assembly greater authority to pass a law allowing voters to cast their ballots without having to (1) appear at their polling place on Election Day or (2) provide a reason for voting by absentee ballot. The amendment does not change current election practices, but it would enable the General Assembly to consider changes in the future.

What will a NO vote mean?

A NO vote means that the State Constitution remains unchanged and the Connecticut General Assembly will be unable to consider any changes in election administration with respect to in-person voting on Election Day and the expanded use of absentee ballots.

Governor and Lieutenant Governor

Vote for one

Thomas C. Foley and Heather Somers (R)  and Independent Party

Dannel P. Malloy* and Nancy Wyman *(D) and Working Families Party

Joe Visconti and Chester Frank Harris   Petitioning Candidates

Representative in Congress

Vote for one

Dan Debicella (R)  and Independent Party

Jim Himes* (D) and Working Families Party

State Senator for 25th Senatorial District (Darien Districts 1,3,5 and 6)

Vote for one

Question:  What is the biggest issue facing the State and how would you address it?

Bill Dunne (R)

Connecticut is in trouble. Despite an occasional positive sign, our economy is still sputtering, our job growth is still poor. This is the direct result of policies pursued by Gov. Dan Malloy and the supermajority of Democrats in the State Assembly, particularly State Sen. Bob Duff. Those policies have us in a race to the bottom among the 50 states in several key measurements. And a Gallup Poll suggests that half of our residents would move elsewhere if they could. How odd, then, that my opponent thinks we are doing just fine. I disagree. We must reverse the decline. We must restore Connecticut to its once-enviable status as a great place to live and work. The basic way forward is simple: Reduce our tax burdens and stop the excessive growth of our state government, which is occurring almost entirely at the expense of the middle class.

Bob Duff (D)*

It’s still the economy and I’ve been addressing this issue all along. Not with quick fixes bound to fail in time, but with thoughtful, comprehensive planning that will ensure the wellbeing of our children and the many generations to follow.

The problems we face today are not solely the result of the 2008 recession. They date back generations. A slow, steady demise of manufacturing prowess caused by an inability to change, adapt and reinvent. With few exceptions, the 21st century has been passing Connecticut by.

As Senate Chair of the Energy & Technology Committee I led a vote to approve legislation implementing Connecticut’s first-ever Comprehensive Energy Strategy. This long-range plan means a cleaner environment and lower utility bills for consumers and businesses. Maybe as much as 50% lower. A nice incentive for businesses to call Connecticut home. And just one step toward making Connecticut competitive in a global economy.

State Senator for the 27th Senatorial District  (Darien Districts 2 and 4)

Vote for one

Question: What is the biggest issue facing the State and how would you address it?

Eva A. Maldonado (R)  and Independent  Party

Connecticut is one of only 5 states not to restore all of the jobs lost during the recession. Current policies have failed and often discourage new business and job creation. We need representatives in Hartford that understand the interrelationship of the elements that attract and retain businesses – fiscal policy, state debt, transportation, education, business environment and community. Each has deteriorated with spending outpacing inflation and tax increases; neglecting maintenance on our roads and rails; underfunding education; increasing debt; not addressing our unfunded state employee pension liabilities and providing incentives to a select few rather than all businesses. Hartford continues to drain our region and not reinvest locally. Fairfield County provides $2.468 billion in taxes and is returned $146 million excluding Bridgeport (Darien 1¢ and Stamford 6¢ per dollar sent to Hartford.) Our representative should do better. You deserve better. When elected, I promise to think globally and reinvest locally.

Carlo Leone (D) *

The growth of our economy is the most pressing concern facing the state barring any natural calamities. As the economy improves, so do other important issues that are critical and important to our constituents. Of course job growth is a key factor and go hand in hand for the improvement of the economy. CT was hit hard in the great recession of 2008, it was the last in and therefore the last out to recover. We now have consistent growth and it will soon take hold at the “main street level”.

Creating job opportunities, opening doors for all levels of business, establishing diverse industries and sectors, investing in much needed and overdue infrastructure are direct ways to positively impact the economy and create job growth. Reigning in our spending and upholding our obligations are also just as important to restore and maintain confidence for all affected.

David Michel  Green Party

To answer all of the challenges we face in this state we need a responsive government. That’s why I’m running for State Senate.

So what does a responsive government look like?

Other cities across the U.S. are exploring exciting and innovative transportation solutions. I can’t wait to follow their lead.

A responsive government will negotiate directly with energy companies and get our communities a preferred rate (Municipal Utilities)..

A responsive government could emulate North Dakota’s state bank to spur economic growth, create jobs and lower the debt cost for local governments.

A responsive government will also empower our teachers to do what they do best – teach our kids to be educated and responsible citizens while suggesting new major focusses of study on sustainable living and renewable energies.

The two major parties have been living in a bubble. It’s time to burst that bubble with fresh ideas.

State Representative for the 141st House District (Darien Districts 1,2,4,5 and 6)

Vote for one

Question: What is the biggest issue facing the State and how would you address it?

Terrie E. Wood * (R)

While there are many important issues that we face as a state, the economic health of Connecticut is the most immediate and crucial.

We are dead last in virtually every survey measuring economic vitality.  A massive tax hike forced by the Democratic majority has not benefitted Connecticut.   We need to foster success for businesses in our state with lower taxes and straightforward regulatory processes.

In addition, we need to cut government spending.   Our existing state human services is an area where savings can and should be realized. Connecticut is one of the few states that run a dual delivery system – big state agencies and the local nonprofits deliver the same human service needs.   Efficiencies in these state services would enable us to reallocate those savings to our businesses and citizens.

Simply, we need a more common sense and fiscally sound approach to running our state.

State Representative for the 147th House District  (Darien District 3)

Vote for one

Question:  What is the biggest issue facing the State and how would you address it?

Dennis Mahoney (R) and Independent  Party

“How do we restore Connecticut to financial stability?” After years of neglect from leadership, often kicking the can down the road, Connecticut has accumulated significant debt, large unfunded infrastructure projects, educational challenges and contractual obligations that are unsustainable. This has resulted in a stalled economic recovery. The prior solutions have not worked. My opponent’s eloquence in words belies his inaction, track record and poor judgment.  The interrelationship of the component parts that attract businesses and create an environment fostering job creation needs to be addressed in earnest. We need to get our financial house in order; fix transportation infrastructure; address state pension plans that are unsustainable and create economic incentives and zones available to all businesses, not just a select few. Only then will Connecticut join the rest of the nation and emerge out of our current economic malaise.

William Tong* (D)

Job Growth. To generate jobs and grow our economy, we must build on our structural strengths like Metro-North. We are never going to be Texas or North Carolina. We do not have cheap real estate, swaths of open space for new highways, and good weather year-round. But they are not Connecticut, either. They do not sit between New York and Boston, and they do not have our combination of a highly-educated and productive workforce, the highest income per capita in the nation, one of the nation’s healthiest populations, great universities and colleges, and a strong foundation of large, Fortune 500 employers. Connecticut must build on those strengths and create long-term and sustainable economic advantages by focusing on Metro-North, and also by investing (1) our colleges and universities; (2) in private and public partnerships; (3) focused use of economic development incentives; and (4) creating leading business institutions.

Secretary of the State

Vote for one

Peter Lumaj (R)  and Independent Party

Denise W. Merrill * (D) and Working Families Party

S. Michael DeRosa  Green Party


Vote for one

Timothy M. Herbst (R) and Independent Party

Denise L. Nappier *(D) and Working Families Party


Vote for one

Sharon J. McLaughlin (R)  and Independent Party

Kevin Lembo *(D) and Working Families Party

Rolf W. Maurer  Green Party

Attorney General

Vote for one

Kie Westby (R)  and Independent Party

George Jepsen* (D) and Working Families Party

Stephen E. Fournier  Green Party

Judge of Probate

Vote for one

Question: What are your qualifications to serve as Judge of Probate?

William P. Osterndorf (R)

I have been an attorney for over thirty-two years.  I have had my office in New Canaan since 1991.  Over the past twenty-four years, a substantially part of my practice has been in probate administration, tax and estate law and drafting wills and trust. My probate work has covered all matters routinely handled by the Court.   I believe that my work experience will enable me to make a smooth transition to probate judge. Very simply, I am running for probate judge because I believe that I have the knowledge, experience and temperament to be a good probate judge.

Registrar of Voters

Vote for one

Question:  With reference to your mission statement, what are your biggest challenges or objectives?

John J. Visi (R) *

By statute the Registrars of Voters of Darien are elected to serve all voters.  Each party elects one Registrar who will represent the interests of that party when necessary.  On a day-to-day basis the Registrars impartially facilitate voter registration and conduct elections on an impartial basis.  In office the Registrars do not promote any political issues or candidates but seek to make voting readily available to all the town’s eligible residents.  

Kathy Hammell (D) *

Our office seeks to broaden the visibility of voter registration using pop-up booths at the Library, Darien High School, the Sidewalk Sales, Atria, and Farmer’s Market. In November, a DHS student will work at the polls for the first time.  This year’s poll relocations accommodated school security concerns and the need for voters to have easy poll access.  The hiring of additional poll workers ensures that all polls are fully staffed. On a lighter side, we again sponsored “Vote November 4” windows for the town-wide Halloween Painting Contest which have high visibility in the town’s two train stations.


The nine members of Darien’s Board of Education (BOE) are elected by the Town but they serve as state officials. The BOE is an independent authority responsible for formulating education policy and administering the operation of the school system. Its annual appropriation must be approved by the Board of Finance and Representative Town Meeting through the general budget adoption process.

Each year, three members of the BOE are elected. This year four candidates are vying for three positions.

Vote for any two

Question: What motivated you to be a candidate for the Board of Education and what special skills do you bring to the position?

David P. (“Duke”) Dineen (R) * Elected 9/9/14 to fill vacancy. and serve on BOE.

I am honored to be on the Board of Education at this time and would welcome the opportunity to serve a three-year term.  Darien has been home for 17 years.  I feel it is important to give back to the community that you call home.   It is easy to get into the spirit of giving back to a community that focuses on being the best and shows it in the passion of the people that are involved every day.  

I bring a combination of volunteer service, board experience and twenty-nine years of business experience in leadership roles across finance, sales/marketing and operations.  As a banking professional, I bring strong financial skills to the budget process and ongoing monitoring of the business side of the Board’s operations.I’ve served on the Darien Environmental Protection Commission, the Darien Fire Department and the Downtown Revitalization project. 

Michael Anton Harman (R)*

Three years ago, my motivation stemmed from a desire to better understand the financial information I received as a Finance & Budget RTM member and a personal interest in the K-5 math curriculum. I also wanted to bring the elementary perceptive to the board, as at the time, there were no board members with elementary school children.

The board’s ultimate goal is to achieve educational excellence in our schools, through the creation of policies that enhance education, engage families, and broaden opportunities for our students. Board members bring with them diverse backgrounds and together work to support and provide leadership to our Administration. Come November, there will only be one sitting member with at least a full-term’s experience; and the Board is recruiting a new Superintendent and considering a long-term plan for our facilities. Now my motivation is to help retain institutional knowledge and to build on the progress made.

Tony Imbimbo (D)

I am running for the Board of Education because I want to maintain the quality of Darien schools. Great public schools are important, in general, and to our community, in particular. They help prepare our children for college and for life, and they help make our town a desirable place to live.

I believe that my professional, personal, and RTM experience would serve the Board well. As an RTM member, I served on the Education Committee, went through the budget process, and am aware of the tough choices that need to be made each year. As a children’s publishing professional, product developer, and former journalist, I can help the Board improve communications, and facilitate processes for achieving goals and finding solutions for difficult challenges. I also bring the perspective of a parent-volunteer who has helped guide two children through the Darien school system from kindergarten through high school.

 Michael J. Burke (D)

The BOE will be making decisions concerning selecting and supporting a new superintendent, ensuring that we do not endure another special education crisis and providing a superior education for our students. Those decisions are important and exciting. I would like help make them.

I believe my experience that will add value to the BOE.

I am a member of the RTM Education Committee and have examined BOE budgets, questioned administrators and made recommendations to the RTM on passage.  I have served on the Board of Trustees of Skidmore College, which gave me invaluable opportunities to work with board members and administrators to create a vision to meet the needs of its students.  Much of that work also involved conducting vigorous oversight.

As a litigation attorney, I zealously pursue facts, perform critical analysis and apply law in order to resolve problems. I think those skills would mesh well with the BOE.


The Representative Town Meeting is determined annually by elector apportionment and cannot exceed 100 members. Legislative powers for the town are vested in this body. Members serve two-year terms, do not get compensated and are not elected based on party affiliation. Its responsibilities include passing laws and ordinances, appropriating money and approving collective bargaining contracts involving town employees.

Though any Darien registered voter is eligible for election, it is unusual for any of the vacancies on the RTM to be contested.  To win the election a candidate must receive at least one vote.

Ballots will vary depending on the voting district. There may be write-in candidates in some of the districts, but you must ask at your polling location. Write-in candidates must receive a minimum of 25 votes to serve on the RTM.

Attendance records for incumbents have been provided by the Town Clerk’s office for your information.

Please note the polling location of your District.

District I  

Poll Location: 35 Leroy Avenue

Vote for any eleven candidates

 Question: Why do you want to serve on the RTM and what are important RTM issues?

 Diane G. Conologue*

216 Leroy Avenue

Serving on the RTM is a way to give back to the town I have lived in for forty years. Listening to constituents, studying issues and making informed decisions in the best interests of the town have been my priorities in my twenty-six years on the RTM.

Forthcoming issues include the use of the Short Lane and Hollow Tree properties and the proposed purchase of the house at 32 Hoyt Street. I continue to believe that we must strive to control our tax rates while maintaining the quality of life we currently enjoy.

Frederick B. Conze*  

24 Royle Road

No response

John Dweck*            

111 Brookside Road

No response

John W. Van Der Kieft*

6 Woods End Road

No response

District II  

Poll Location: Darien Town Hall, Renshaw Road

Vote for any eleven candidates

Question: Why do you want to serve on the RTM and what are important RTM issues?

Elisabeth C. Bacon*  

59 Delafield Island Road

I have tremendous respect for the residents of Darien who contribute their time, talent and energy to the various Boards and Committees that make this town work. In my role as a member of the RTM, I get to play my part in that process as the town considers issues large and small that will have a real impact on individuals and the future of our community.  As a longtime resident of Darien, I value that highly.  

Anne O’Connor Finn*  

22 Contentment Island Road    

Serving on the RTM is a privilege, and at the same time, a great way to stay informed and engaged in our community.  A top priority in our town currently, is to keep up the momentum on downtown and Noroton Heights redevelopment and planning.  The town’s plan of conservation and redevelopment is very important to continue the success of a vibrant downtown, attracting folks to visit, live and work in Darien.  Important issues:  parks/beaches maintenance/enhancement,  town wide parking needs,  expanding sidewalks and marking bicycle lanes on our roadways around town, and continued acquirement of open space.

James Henry Howe*  

52 Old Farm Road           

I serve on the RTM because I believe in providing service to the community.  I feel that we are lucky to live in a town in which each of us can have the opportunity to participate in the decision process if we so choose.  The most important issue facing the RTM is the need to ensure that the town maintains its independence by effectively managing resources and providing services and infrastructure for the residents.  In doing so, RTM members must ensure that the desires of their respective districts are represented in this process.

Spencer J. McIlmurray*  

27 Pheasant Run

No response

Helen M. Miller*  

179 Old Kings Highway South     

I enjoy being on the RTM because of the other members and because I think it is a good way to “give back” to the town in which I grew up. Hopefully we’ll make improvements for the generations to follow.

Pedestrian Safety is a very important issue that needs to be addressed. To get our elders, our children and our handicapped out walking, biking and cruising has mental and physical benefits as well as environmental and financial. Better awareness of surroundings, more social interaction, great exercise and less traffic congestion. Not everyone can afford a gym.

Clara C. Sartori*

161 Old King’s Hwy, South

I would like to use the experience I gained in Town government through service on the Board of Education and RTM to work with others to continue to make Darien an outstanding home town for people of all ages.

Important issues facing the town will be thorough discussion of the Town Plan of Conservation and Development and providing for a safe, secure, up – to- date learning environment for an increasing school population. Preserving Darien’s environmental, natural and fiscal resources will be important priorities as the Town continues to develop to meet the needs of its citizens.

Joann R. Sawitsky*

67 Hecker Avenue

My name is Jo-Ann Sawitsky, I grew up in town, attended Darien Public Schools and work for the Darien Board of Education as a District Library Secretary. I have been involved in many town events over the years and I believe that I possess a unique mix of experience, knowledge, enthusiasm and skills that can be an asset to the RTM.  I will be a voice for the community, on such issues as Education, Budget, Flooding, Senior Care and Taxes, to mention a few.   By serving on the RTM I will be impartial and responsible to the people of Darien.

Sarah C. Seelye *          

1 Siwanoy Road            

Darien is beginning the update to the Town Plan of Conservation and Development with the Planning and Zoning Commission.  Planometrics has been hired to help gather the information and the report will be ratified in June 2016.  This important document outlines the priorities and goals for the town over the next 10 years.  I encourage all town residents to participate in the focus groups and discussions during the coming year.  This gives us a chance to express our thoughts about the priorities for our hometown.   The Town Plan offers areas ranging from open space to the infrastructure of Darien.  

Barbara L. Thorne*                  

37 Dickinson Road            

I am willing to continue to serve on the RTM.  Institutional history provides a valuable perspective to current issues that come before the RTM.  My past experience on the Board of Selectmen, Park and Recreation Commission , and as a Board of Education employee and member of the RTM Education committee provide this view, as does work on affordable housing.  As we move to a new regionalism I remain committed to maintaining those institutions that make Darien unique and strong while cooperating with our neighbors as appropriate.

Marc E. Thorne*          

37 Dickinson Road                     

Serving on the RTM is important to civic life. The major continuing issue is the value of existing and proposed town services, some essential and some desirable. The level of services is constrained by the tax level. I have been a member of The Finance and Budget Committee, which participates in detailed budget meetings of both the Board of Education and the Board of Selectmen. The F&B Committee then recommends action to the RTM as a whole. The RTM has the final say in the budget process. I would like to be re-elected so I can continue to participate.

District III

Poll Location: Noroton Heights Fire Department

Vote for any ten candidates

Question: Why do you want to serve on the RTM and what are important RTM issues?

Robert Cardone*  

17 Park Lane                     

No response

Nancy W. Coyle Downs*

15 Echo Drive

Being new to the RTM, I’m still learning about our local issues, but one thing I think needs to be changed is the budget process/ timing to give us more opportunity to make changes before voting.   Having the good fortune to have grown up in Darien, we spent lots of time at the beach swimming out to the floats, using the diving boards, our masks, snorkels, fins, and  kick boards.  I am currently on the Parks & Rec . Committee, and would like to bring back the floats, and allow the kick boards, masks etc.  Today’s  kids are board silly!!!

Jack H. Davis*  

45 Greenwood Avenue             

I have lived in Darien for 29 years and raised four children in this community. Darien is a special place, with volunteers donating their time to charities, community groups, schools and sports leagues. Others serve on town boards, commissions and the RTM. We all care about Darien and want to give back. This is why Darien is a wonderful place to live and raise a family. The significant challenge facing our community is to provide needed town services and a quality education for all our children while maintaining infrastructure in a financially prudent manner that does not burden our residents.

Cassandra L. Hegarty*  

31 Barringer Road

Over the last couple of years, the town has faced a crisis of confidence. We are paying a large price for oversights – special education, the Shuffle, a weak infrastructure, to name a few. I want to continue to be on the RTM in order to challenge these issues and

encourage additional accountability, so that we can plan better and more efficiently for the future. The RTM isn’t just a rubber stamp – members must educate themselves and take responsibility to be up to speed on all planning and discussions so that they can make a well-informed vote.

Dennis J. Maroney*  

10 Miller Road                     

 No response

Holly L. Schulz-Amatruda*

543 Hoyt Street  

I am seeking another term on the Darien RTM to continue to push for pedestrian safety initiatives in town.  We have many areas that need to be addressed, and I hope the RTM will be afforded the opportunity to move some of these projects forward in the near future.

District IV

Poll Location: Hindley School

Vote for any seven candidates

Question: Why do you want to serve on the RTM and what are important RTM issues?

Joan V. Davis*                  

29 Dubois Street             

I feel it is important to be involved in the RTM to learn about and vote on the town issues our officials are dealing with.  I have served for twenty-six year on the RTM Education Committee. One issue I feel should receive more consideration by that Committee, the School Administration and the Board of Education is the need for more attention to and challenge for the average students.  The scholars, top athletes, and those with learning disabilities are well provided for but the average student often gets lost in the shuffle.

Werner K. Domittner*

25 Nearwater Lane

I believe an important town issue is managing our budget more efficiently to keep property taxes low. We have seen significant tax increases over the past years and need to start better distinguishing between needs and wants. Within Fairfield County only Darien offers the combination of a top school system, a short and fairly efficient commute to NYC, location at the Long Island Sound with beach access and one of the lowest mill rates. We need to balance our expenditures to maintain our high standards with the goal to keep tax increases low and property values high.

Courtney K. Haidinger*

24 Thomasina Lane

No response

Joseph H. Hardison, III*

11 Nearwater Lane

No response

Phyllis H. Hawkins*

14 Beach Drive

It has been a privilege to represent District IV on the RTM.  My first year’s committee assignment was Town Government Structure and Administration which gave me a first-hand knowledge of how our local government works.  For my second year I’ve served on the Parks and Recreation Committee during which time – among a number of important issues – we approved the Darien Garden Club’s gift of cherry trees to Cherry Lawn Park and the purchase of 4 Short Lane which abuts Weed Beach.  I care most about protecting the quality of life and environment that we enjoy in our beautiful town.

Brian J. Rayhill *

6 Pleasant Street             

As the Chair of District IV for the past 3 years, I have focused on meaningful RTM involvement by our District IV members and accountability to our constituency.  Being educated on Town of Darien issues, both present and future, is one of the main reasons for my participation in the RTM.  Going forward, I am anxious to see the RTM promote the growth of our marvelous new Mather Center and encourage the upkeep and development of our Town and Board of Education playing fields that service our youth so well.  I encourage all District IV residents to become involved.

District V

Poll location; Darien Town Hall, 2 Renshaw Road

Vote for any nine candidates

Question: Why do you want to serve on the RTM and what are important RTM issues?

Mark R. Adiletta*  

69 Holly Lane                     

No response

John V. Boulton*  

214 West Avenue        

I enjoy participating in town government and believe I have unique public office experience to share, having served nine years on the Board of Education (including four as Chairman), and seven years on the RTM.  The most important RTM issue is to ensure that the Board of Selectmen and Board of Education budgets reasonably and efficiently fund the Town and school operations.

Terrence J. Duffy, Jr.*

One Lantern Lane

I have been serving on the RTM for the past 8 years. During the past eight years there have been many changes in town and it is important to stay focused on the values that make Darien a great place to live. I am a strong proponent of maximizing our tax dollars to see that are used efficiently. Serving on the F & B and Education committees has provided me with the knowledge of how we spend our tax payer dollars and areas of concern for all residents. I urge all residents to be involved to have their voices heard.

Dana H. Fead*

21 Hillside Avenue             

The reason that I want to continue to serve on the RTM is because I feel strongly about giving back to the community. As a residential real estate agent my participation in the RTM helps to keep me connected to what is going on in the town and the priorities that are in current focus. My specific interest is in preserving and enhancing the resources the town offers its residents such as the parks, beaches, and community center. These amenities draw people to our town and help to define it.

Joanne K. Hennessy*  

72 Holly Lane        

I currently serve as Chair of the RTM Planning, Zoning, and Housing subcommittee and would like to continue to serve.  I believe that growth in Darien should be controlled, that increasing density should be carefully monitored to avoid overcrowding our schools and overburdening our infrastructure.  Also, given the economic environment it is important to restrain budget growth and tax increases.  The RTM serves a check and balance function in our town and gives citizens more of a say in how the town works.

Derek M. Lublin*

28 Edgerton Street

Serving on the RTM is an opportunity to represent an active, caring and wonderful community (District V). A shifting demographic, new large housing developments and challenges from 8-30g will pressure our aging infrastructure, including our ability to manage school enrollment. Maintaining a desirable Town and a strong education system requires continued investment and careful planning.  A proactive approach to resource management and thoughtful long term solutions should drive efficient outcomes and cost savings to achieve our Education and long term Town planning goals.

Laura R. Mosher*

16 Edgerton Street

I have lived in Darien for 17 years and witnessed the community’s growth. A consequence of creating this wonderful community in which to raise a family is that our infrastructure is strained.  Darien is 98% developed. I am most interested in the Town’s long term planning to maximize the effectiveness of our resources, public properties, and systems. I wish to tackle pedestrian safety and traffic concerns, as these are crucial issues.  Now currently serving on the Public Health and Safety committee, I wish to continue on the RTM to participate actively in addressing the many challenges facing the town.

Cheryl Russell*          

18 Holly Lane          

I thank my constituents for giving me the opportunity to serve on the RTM for 26 years. I look forward to different challenges every year.

The most important issues the RTM faces are the budgets for the Town and the Board of Education. We must get both under control in order to make our taxes reasonable. Other issues coming forward will be the use of recently purchased Town properties along with the Hollow Tree property. I look forward to hearing tax payers input at the public hearings regarding these properties.

District VI

Poll Location: Old Library, 35 Leroy Avenue

Vote for any nine candidates

Question: Why do you want to serve on the RTM and what are important RTM issues?

Frank H. Adelman*          

3 Harriet Lane East             

No response

Joseph J. Cherico*

31 Brookside Road

I have lived in Darien for nearly 14 years with my wife, Beth. We have two children who both attend Middlesex Middle School. I am an attorney in the Stamford office of McCarter & English.

Serving on the RTM is a meaningful way to serve our community. Important RTM issues include ensuring that all children are raised in a safe environment and receive the best possible education, balancing the need to provide a wide variety of services to the entire community while not overspending, and generally making the Town an even more desirable and inviting place for everyone to live.

Janet F. Grogan*

16 Ward Lane

As a member of the RTM since 1988, it has been my privilege to serve the voters of my districts for so many years.

I welcome calls from constituents, and particularly this year. The RTM needs to know what specifics residents have in mind to keep both town and education budgets “in control”, and taxes from rising significantly.

When RTM members vote on the budgets, they should assess and appropriately represent the views and concerns of the people in their districts.  That it what I expect to do.

Edgar M. Hawkins, III*  

65 Mansfield Avenue

As a resident of Darien for 39 years and old DHS Graduate, I think it is important to participate in town government where you feel you can make a contribution. I think the two most important issues now facing the town and RTM are: getting a better handle on controlling government and education expenses and secondly, seeing that the new Town Plan of Conservation and Development, which is just getting underway, reflects properly all of the priorities of our residents and maps out a direction to achieve them.

S. Lloyd Plehaty*

187 Old Kings Hwy. No.

The Darien Town Charter is obsolete, and in need of revision.  The charter defines the town government, but should be sparse.  (At the municipal level, the charter corresponds to the Constitution.)  Details should be covered in ordinances that are subsidiary to the charter.

I’ve done a lot of work on the charter and I’d like to continue, since more needs to be done.

Richard Poli*                  

1 Little Brook Road North             

The Town of Darien is a desirable place to reside due to the numerous contributions of volunteers in many organizations.  As a member of the Public Works Committee being involved and contributing to the resolution of issues is very satisfying.

Important RTM Issues:

Affordable Housing

Purchase of Properties adjacent to town properties

Public Works Projects for Flood Control

Property Taxes


District I          Old Library, 35 Leroy Avenue                    

District II        Darien Town Hall, 2 Renshaw Road                   

District III      Noroton Heights Fire Department                    

District IV      Hindley School

District V        Darien Town Hall, 2 Renshaw Road

District VI     Old Library, 35 Leroy Avenue

Representative Town Meeting Attendance Records

The following are the attendance records for the Representative Town Meeting members during the past year. There have been eight meetings (seven regular and one special) since the last election but some members joined after the year’s session began. The attendance record notes both how many meeting were attended as well as how many meetings for which they were eligible. Candidates on this year’s ballots are noted by **

District 1

Stanley M. Buchesky 5 out of 8

Patricia Finn Bumgardner 7 out of 8

Diane G. Conologue** 8 out of 8

Frederick B. Conze ** 4 out of 5

George F. Dupont  3 out of 8

John Dweck** 3 out of 5

Wm. Shedd Glassmeyer 8 out of 8

Brent T. Hayes 5 out of 8

Noelle Nevins Henderson 5 out of 8

Peter K. Kelly 7 out of 8

Lois J. Schneider 5 out of 8

Thomas Brady Valentino, III 6 out of 8

John W. van der Kieft, III** 8 out of 8

District 2

Elizabeth C. Bacon** 5 out of 8

Sumathi P. Ebrahimi 4 out of 8

Anne O’Connor Finn** 5 out of 8

Kirk P. Hoffman 7 out of 8

James Henry Howe** 7 out of 8

Kate L. Keith 6 out of 8

Jeffrey L. Marston 6 out of 8

Carol Matton 5 out of 8

Spencer J. McIlmurray** 6 out of 8

Monica M. McNally 6 out of 8

Helen M. Miller** 8 out of 8

Clara C. Sartori** 4 out of 5

Cecelia Mundt  6 out of 8

Joann R. Sawitsky** 7 out of 7

Sarah C. Seelye** 8 out of 8

Barbara L. Thorne** 6 out of 8

Marc E. Thorne** 8 out of 8

District 3

Steven A. Anderson 8 out of 8

Christopher L. Camuti 3 out of 8

Robert Cardone** 7 out of 8

Jose A. Cepeda 4 out of 7

Adele M. Conniff 7 out of 8

Eugene F. Coyle 7 out of 8

Nancy W. Coyle Downs** 6 out of 7

Jack H. Davis** 7 out of 8

Thomas L. Foley 2 out of 2

Robert C. George MD 2 out of 5

Cassandra L. Hegarty** 4 out of 8

Gary T. Larkins 6 out of 7

Dennis J. Maroney** 4 out of 8

Thomas W. Moore 7 out of 8

Holly L. Schulz-Amatruda** 6 out of 8

District 4

Martha A. Banks 8 out of 8

Angus James Cameron 7 out of 8

Joan V. Davis** 7 out of 8

Werner K. Domittner** 5 out of 7

Lucy Fiore  7 out of 8

Courtney K. Haidinger** 8 out of 8

Joseph H. Hardison, III** 7 out of 7

Phyllis H. Hawkins** 6 out of 8

Frank B. Kemp 7 out of 8

Joseph D. Miceli 8 out of 8

Andrew C. Millar 7 out of 8

Susan E. Morrison 5 out of 8

William D. Peters, III 6 out of 8

Brian J. Rayhill** 7 out of 8

Anita Rycenga 6 out of 8

Sandra A. Savage 6 out of 8

Carolyn P. Schoonmaker 1 out of 1

District 5

Mark R. Adiletta** 7 out of 8

Carolyn Golden Bayne 8 out of 8

John V. Boulton** 5 out of 8

Michael J. Burke 5 out of 8

R. Ellyn Coyne 3 out of 8

Terrence J. Duffy, Jr.** 7 out of 8

Dana H. Fead** 6 out of 8

Kenneth A. Fiveson, Jr. 7 out of 8

Joanne K. Hennessy** 7 out of 8

Susan S. LeHan 6 out of 8

Derek M. Lublin** 6 out of 8

Harry D. McLachlin 7 out of 8

Laura R. Mosher** 8 out of 8

James M. Patrick 8 out of 8

Cheryl Russell** 8 out of 8

Allison L. Stolar 5 out of 8

Robert E. Young, Jr. 5 out of 8

District 6

Frank  H. Adelman** 8 out of 8

William F. Ball  6 out of 8

Arden A. Broecking  5 out of 8

Beth W. Cherico 4 out of 5

Joseph J. Cherico** 3 out of 3

Janet F. Grogan** 8 out of 8

Edgar M. Hawkins,III**  8 out of 8

M. Caroline Luz 8 out of 8

Emily Quinn McDermott 5 out of 8

John G. McLean, Jr. I out of 8

James Robert Palen, Jr. 8 out of 8

S. Lloyd Plehaty** 3 out of 8

Richard Poli** 5 out of 8

Debra McGarry Ritchie 7 out of 8

Gary C. Swenson 8 out of 8

William R. Van Loan, Jr. 7 out of 8

John T. Whitehead 3 out of 8

David L. Young 8 out of 8