Voter’s Guide – 2016

Compiled each year as a public service by the League of Women Voters of Darien.

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

 For every ballot position, a voter may write in a name of someone who is not listed as a candidate on a separate line at the bottom of the ballot for “Write-In Votes.”  In the State of Connecticut for those votes to be counted, the individual whose name is being written in, must have registered with the Secretary of State.  In the case of write in candidates for the RTM, a write in candidate must have previously filed a petition with the Town Clerk signed by at least 25 electors within their District.

 (*) Signifies that the candidate is an incumbent.

 Note: All offices appear in the order in which they appear on the ballot.

Presidential Electors

Vote for one

Clinton and Kaine, Democratic Party

Trump and Pence, Republican Party

Johnson and Weld, Libertarian Party

Stein and Baraka, Green Party

United States Senator

Vote for one

Richard Blumenthal, * Democratic and Working Families Party

Dan Carter, Republican Party

Richard Lion, Libertarian Party

Jeffery Russell, Green Party

Representative in Congress

Vote for one

Jim Himes, * Democratic Party

John Shaban Republican and Independent Party

State Senator for 25th Senatorial District

Darien RTM Districts 1,3,5 and 6

Vote for one

QuestionWhat are the three most important things the General Assembly can do to improve the State’s financial outlook?

Bob Duff, * Democratic Party

50 Toilsome Avenue, Norwalk

For the first time in many years we have an administration and a legislature whose goals are in synch – we share the same positive vision for Connecticut’s future. To restore Connecticut ‘s status and reputation, here’s what we’re doing right now:

Fight for jobs – We are a well-educated, highly skilled people. And when we get out there and compete with other states, we win – we attract businesses to Connecticut.

Rebuild our transportation systems – It’s an issue of commerce as well as convenience. This is the #2 must-have of every CEO, right behind a well-trained workforce.

Keep our promises –Decades ago, the state negotiated generous contracts with labor unions. In the years that followed, this liability was rarely funded. In other words, no one paid the bill. Now we are, but it’s costing us $1 billion a year. If we don’t pay it now, it’ll cost our children even more.

Gregory Ehlers, Republican and Independent Party

37 Pembroke Road

I’m Greg Ehlers and I’m running for the State Senate so our children can enjoy the prosperity that Connecticut used to offer.

Here are the 3 first steps I would take to turn Connecticut around:

Currently public sector union contracts are out of step with what private sector tax payers can receive from their jobs. Under Bob Duff’s leadership, 33% of your tax dollars go to state employee salaries and benefits, this cannot continue.

The state needs to control spending. We do not have a taxing problem, Bob Duff has a spending problem.

Fairfield country needs transportation investments to continue growing economically. By prioritizing bonding for transportation, we can shorten commutes without raising taxes or tolling.

When you hire me to be your State Senator, these are the first three steps I would take to get Connecticut back to fiscal sanity and reverse the detrimental policies enacted by Bob Duff.

State Senator for the 27th Senatorial District

Darien RTM Districts 2 and 4

Vote for One

Question: What are the three most important things the General Assembly can do to improve the State’s financial outlook?

Carlo Leone, * Democratic Party

88 Houston Terrace, Stamford

One, incentivize business growth that can create new jobs to increase our tax base to provide the services that everyone expects and deserves. Continue with structural change to control finances, pay down debts, and provide incentives that bring outside businesses to CT, while allowing those here to expand their operations.

Two, increase our overall infrastructure to facilitate commerce and job growth. Investing in transportation, creating affordable and working class housing insures those who work here can live here, and allow outside residents to move to CT for their own growth and career.

Three, invest in the right education for the workforce of today and tomorrow. We need to provide a holistic approach to our children’s education as they progress through their lives. Providing the right path to the trades or college insures future generations will have the right tools to start a career or their own business.

Gino C. Bottino, Republican and Independent Party

215 Courtland Avenue, Stamford

The legislative priorities to improve the state’s financial position are tax reform, a balanced budget without tax increases, gimmicks and hidden taxes on working families and developing a job creation environment. CT has the 4th highest personal taxes (WalletHub); has the 43rd worst State Business Tax Climate Index (Tax Foundation) and a high estate tax rate. True tax reform is needed to relieve working family’s income and real estate tax burdens and create a positive business climate.  To encourage business and job growth, the budget must be addressed. Real structural budget changes must occur such as changing state employee benefits; outsourcing certain state services; eliminating using bond premiums for current operating budgets and reducing total borrowings. CT must stop unfunded mandates that increases local R/E taxes; hidden taxes such as train/bus fare increases affecting transportation and focus on making CT a working family-friendly and business-friendly state again.

Cora Marie Santaguida, Green Party

40 Liberty Street, Stamford

North Dakota was able to stay in the black during the 2008 financial collapse.  This was because they had a state public bank.  I am in favor of bringing this to CT.  Also, I would like to encourage people to utilize credit unions as opposed to banks.  Support local economy through supporting small businesses and cooperatives.

State Representative for the 141st House District

Darien RTM Districts 1,2,4,5 and 6

Vote for one

Question: What are the three most important things the General Assembly can do to improve the State’s financial outlook?

Randy Klein, Democratic Party

19 Salt Box Lane

In running my own business, I’ve learned the importance of attaining financial efficiencies.   Balancing the budget will get our economy moving again.  To do so we must:

  1. Reform state pensions – Pension costs are staggering, and we must explore creative solutions, such as targeted buyouts.  I will negotiate future benefits so that taxpayers get a fair deal and are not forgotten.
  2. Cap the governor’s bonding authority:  This will force the executive branch to get smarter about spending.
  3. Consolidate duplicative resources:  Many agencies have redundant services that should be consolidated to attain real savings without the loss of important services.

Fixing our budget is just the beginning.  We must also make it easier for businesses to create jobs, and fix our transportation system.  As your State Representative, I won’t just talk about these challenges – I will work to fix them.  I ask for your vote on November 8th.

Terrie E. Wood, * Republican and Independent Party

50 St. Nicholas Road

The three most important things legislators can do to improve the state’s financial outlook is to reduce taxes  (corporate and personal), simplify regulatory burdens and support the state Spending Cap that was overwhelmingly approved when the first income tax was enacted in 1991.

We all expect to pay taxes to support core government services, i.e. public health, public safety, transportation, social services and education.  Redefining how we deliver and fund those services will help us lower operating costs and as a result, taxes.  Regulations need to be simplified and it will be critical to bring state employee union benefits closer in line with the private sector, creating a more equitable balance between the private and public sector.

It is well known that Connecticut over taxes and overregulates people and businesses. I believe strongly, that working together, we can turn this paradigm around and return fiscal prosperity to our great state.

State Representative for the 147th House District 

Darien RTM District 3

Vote for one

Question: What are the three most important things the General Assembly can do to improve the State’s financial outlook?

William Tong, * Democratic Party

99 Chestnut Hill Road, Stamford

We must focus on (1) economic growth, (2) pension reform, and (3) spending cuts.  As Chairman of the Commission on Economic Competitiveness, I worked closely with McKinsey to create a diagnostic of the state’s economy.  McKinsey found that we need to revitalize our cities as drivers of economic growth and recognize that our suburban strategy (as an alternative to New York City and Boston) is not as effective as it once was.  I wrote the law creating the Connecticut 500 Project, which brings the business community together with government and community organizations to create 500,000 new private sector jobs.  Also, the state’s pension and debt obligations will dramatically increase and soon dominate our state budget.  We  must confront these obligations and manage their impact.  Finally we have cut billions from the state budget, leading to layoffs and cuts to vital services.  These are hard cuts but they must continue.

Registrar of Voters

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QuestionWhat are your qualifications for the Registrar of Voters position?

Susan K. Gray, Democratic Party 

57 Brookside Road

I have been a resident and active volunteer in the Darien community for 27 years and I am a licensed attorney in Connecticut.  As the Democratic Registrar of Voters, I will work to ensure that all eliglible citizens are registered to vote, and I will continue our tradition of conducting responsible and impartial elections according to the rules, requirements and laws of the state of Connecticut

John J. Visi, * Republican Party

25 Littlebrook Road

I have served as Registrar since 2013.  During this time our office has reorganized the election equipment, records and storage; in response to Newtown, moved polls to insure safety of our school children; and provided many services to candidates, elected officials and the parties.  To facilitate elections we have revitalized poll worker training and staffing.  I look forward to working with a new Democratic Registrar to continue our high level of service and nonpartisan attitude.

Board of Education Candidates

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 three candidates are vying for three positions. On the ballot voters will be asked to select two candidates.

Question: Given fluctuating enrollments and the need to manage all existing and future school facilities to ensure a safe, appropriate physical environment for the delivery of educational program and initiatives, how would you incorporate the entire community’s input as the Board deliberates these issues?

Tara B. Ochman, Democratic Party

476 Mansfield Avenue

Community input is essential whenever a Town Board contemplates a long term strategic initiative; and, I believe Darien would benefit from the creation of a such plan with regard to its school facilities. As a committed board member, I will take the task of balancing varying community voices seriously, and will make use of all the educational expertise available. I ask that community members become engaged and informed on the state of our facilities. Your voices, thoughts and expertise can help instruct the Board as we navigate the best path forward. Any successful plan must be a community supported plan. The task is long and hard — we need to work together to be strategic in managing educationally excellent and fiscally responsible facilities. This process should engage the community, and honor the trust we put in elected Board Members. We owe it to our students and to the future of Darien.

Jill McCammon, Republican Party

81 Old Kings Hwy South

Decisions about infrastructure are some of the most important questions facing our community today.  A crucial part of the BoE’s job is to manage our town’s learning spaces.  Any substantial educational facility work should balance the needs of the total community.  I would continue to build a more collaborative relationship between the boards of Education, Finance, Selectmen and the RTM.  Together, we can bring a sound and compelling shared vision to life, especially with our facilities.

To do this, we need to get input from the community by creating an open environment, providing clear context, asking the right questions and demonstrating how that input affects the final decision.  I would work to evaluate and improve upon the various existing communication channels the Board has, explore the opportunity to add new channels, and ensure the dialog is meaningful for the community and the Board.

Christa S. McNamara, * Republican Party

69 St. Nicholas Road

The Darien Board of Education is committed to providing a safe and appropriate physical environment for the delivery of educational programs and initiatives to students, and has embarked upon the development of a Master Plan to assist in that endeavor.  The District has hired KG&D architects, a full service firm specializing in education facilities planning and design, to conduct a full assessment of the condition of each school building, and then to create a plan, using data also from Enrollment Reports, that outlines what issues may need to be addressed to optimize each learning environment.  In this process, the Administration has met with parent focus groups from each school to understand the perspectives of the local stakeholders. The Administration and BOE are committed to listening to the perspectives of all stakeholders in the community as they evaluate the recommendations of this Plan, which will be made available to the public.

 Representative Town Meeting

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 (Old Darien Library)

Vote for any eight.

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

Sarah M. Baldwin *

17 Maywood Road

I am excited for this opportunity to be a part of the RTM. While I’ve only been here for 3 years, I truly love our town and believe it’s important to have a blend of new and more experienced voices worrying about issues affecting all residents. I want to make sure we keep improving our town so it will continue to grow and attract more families, and we should aim to grow responsibly with consideration to aspects like parking, retail and community service. If elected, I commit to be involved, thoughtful and dedicated.

Amy Barsanti *

16 Sunset Road

I am invested in the Darien community, both personally and professionally.  As the fiscal crisis grows in Harford, our town will be facing important decisions in the near future that will have lasting implications on the development and character of our community.  I would like a voice in choosing our path.  A voice based on years of local involvement and a commitment to be well informed on macroeconomic forces.

Taylor W. Carter

385 Middlesex Road

I would like to serve because I love our town, and I would feel honored to be a member of the team that continues to make it a great place to live.  I promise to give my best effort in representing my neighbors in District I, and to be considerate of all viewpoints presented on any issue I am asked to address.

As for the issues, they are all important.  Darien is currently faced with many questions that require the attention and thoughtful response of its citizens.  I look forward to participating in that process through RTM.

Diane G. Conologue *

216 Leroy Avenue

It is important that residents be represented in the functions of our town government. I enjoy representing my constituents by listening to their ideas and concerns and in careful study of issues and related budgetary matters. I have done this for 28 years.

Important issues include maintaining a reasonable budget in light of Hartford’s budget cuts and seeking creative financial measures for possible purchase of open space, including part of the Ziegler property. As a member of the Parks & Recreation Committee, I will give input into the Master Park Plan of the Park & Recreation Commission

Christopher Ezbiansky *

2 Sylvan Road

No Response

Young-Sup Lee *

375 Middlesex Road

We moved here right after my daughter was born.  Now that both kids are off at college, I can reflect on the wonderful town experiences that benefitted us.  But we all know there is much room for improvement in Darien.  Over the coming years, we will have to make difficult decisions on how to best manage growth.  Growth in size, commerce, parking, complexity, modernization, population, infrastructure, and yes, in regulations.  And we always need to think beyond the knee jerk reactions to formulate innovative and responsible solutions to these challenges.  Thank you for letting me be part of that process.

District II 

Poll Location: Town Hall Renshaw Road 

Vote for any 15

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

Anstiss Agnew *

46 Goodwives River Road

No Response

Elisabeth C. Bacon * 

59 Delafield Island Road

I serve on the RTM because it provides me with the privilege of public service and the ability to represent the people of our town.  It allows me to have input on the issues and decisions that affect our quality of life here in Darien.   Vetting proposals, scrutinizing budgets, supporting initiatives that ring true are opportunities and responsibilities I value.   Municipal government can be a powerful and highly effective force for the good of Darien.   I believe being an RTM member is a very worthy effort.

Charles J. Boulier, IV *

7 Fitch Avenue

As the father of two young children, I feel a responsibility to actively serve our community on the RTM and Finance & Budget Committee. I will advocate for: EDUCATION – adequate funding to support our award-winning schools and teachers. SECURITY – resources and technology to help our police/fire personnel keep us safe. LIMITED GOVERNMENT – the RTM serves as the citizens’ final check on our elected officials. I’ll work to get the best deal for Darien’s taxpayers, while maintaining the right balance of services & property taxes that make this town one of the nation’s best places to live and raise a family.

James Henry Howe *

52 Old Farm Road

The Town of Darien is facing an uncertain future with regards to our budgets and our relationship with the State of Connecticut.   We need to manage our budgets carefully, avoid raising taxes and maintain our high credit rating so we may make the kind of capital improvements necessary to sustain the value of Darien.

Cheryl Russell * 

18 Fitch Avenue

I have been fortunate to represent Districts 3 and 5 for the last 28 years. I thank my constituents from both districts. I am now in District 2. I look forward to representing this district, and I appreciate hearing from anyone in town with concerns or issues. I enjoy working with people on the RTM and the challenges I have faced.

We must purchase reasonable priced property for open space when available. Our taxes must be in control and kept low in order that the elderly and young people can continue to live in Darien.

Clara C. Sartori *

161 Old Kings Hwy, South

I will use the knowledge and understanding of Darien that I have gained through community and public service during the past 20 years to analyze community concerns and work with colleagues to see that Darien remains an outstanding community for all. Ideally, Darien will retain its small town New England character as it embraces a 21st century lifestyle.

Issues that will affect Darien in the future such as improvements in the business area, increased development and growing population will impact Darien’s infrastructure and ability to provide services. Remaining fiscally conservative when Connecticut’s finances are uncertain remains an overarching challenge.
Jo-Ann R. Sawitsky *

67 Hecker Avenue

Darien is where I grew up.  It is home.  I joined the RTM 2+ years ago to make a difference in the community.  I want to continue to have a voice in the local economy and addressing the town needs.

Some issues of importance include the redevelopment of the town, maintaining high education standards and flood mitigation efforts.

Barbara L. Thorne *                   

37 Dickinson Road  

I am running for re-election to the RTM because I am very interested in the many issues that come before this legislative body, including a budget process that fosters excellence and demonstrates economic responsibility. This is an exciting time for Darien’s future development. I would like to continue to add my voice to the deliberations.

Michael C. Wheeler *

8 Tory Hole Road

I’ve lived in Darien for 30 years. We need to make it easier for busy residents to engage with local government. As a TV79 Board member, we now enable you to watch town meetings live or on demand. I volunteered to fill an open District 2 seat because we should be fully represented. I had 100% attendance. I see how many important RTM issues local news media can’t report. I have started sending an opt-in email newsletter updating neighbors and seeking their input. If you’d like to receive, send me an email at I’d appreciate your vote. Thank you.

District III 

Poll Location: Noroton Heights Fire Department

Vote for any ten

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

Robert Cardone *   

17 Park Lane   

No Response           

Jack H. Davis * 

197 Hoyt Street 

Darien is a community of volunteers serving Town government, our schools and numerous charitable organizations. Being part of the RTM provides me an opportunity to volunteer and give back to our town where I raised my four children and have lived for 31 years. The main challenge facing the RTM is to work collaboratively with the BOS, BOE and BOF to maintain our strong financial position while delivering the services our citizens expect and receiving less or no funding from the state. As the RTM Finance & Budget Committee Chairman, my committee strives to meet that challenge.

Dennis J. Maroney *   

10 Miller Road 

I am running to be a member of the RTM as I believe this position is important in the town. I have been a RTM member since 1998 and currently serve as the Chairman of the Education committee. The RTM is the legislative body of the town and has the final say for all town contracts and expenditures. Important issues which will be on the RTM radar in the future include the annual budget, expansion of the public works garage, purchases of potential open space, and oversight of Boards in Darien.

District IV 

Poll Location: Hindley School

Vote for any seven

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

Joan V. Davis *                      

29 Dubois Street   

I have served on the RTM for thirty years and look forward to another term.  The RTM is the body through which Darien citizens can inform themselves and take action on issues facing the town. As far as issues are concerned, I feel that maintaining and strengthening our excellent Darien School system is most important.  Resolving the plans for developing the Corbin Drive area in central Darien and in Noroton Heights in a manner best for the town is another important concern. Finally, anything we can do to improve the traffic congestion through the town would be most welcome.

Werner K. Domittner *

25 Nearwater Lane

No Response

Joseph H. Hardison, III *

11 Nearwater Lane

My primary concerns are education and excessive spending in town.  Unless town expenditures improve our schools or improve our quality of life – aiding public safety or increasing property values, I oppose them.  I support reducing our debt relative to neighboring towns (lowering taxes), making Darien all the more attractive to prospective buyers.

I am opposed to any development that violates our current height restrictions.  It is not the town’s job to make projects economically feasible for developers; it is the developers’ responsibility to plan projects within the town’s existing rules. Projects adding students need to pay for those additional students. 

Phyllis H. Hawkins *

14 Beach Drive

I’m just completing my second term representing District 4. For three of those years I’ve sat on the Parks and Recreation Committee where I hope to continue.

I wish to serve for another term because this is a pivotal time in our town’s history. We’ve just published the 2016 ‘Town Plan of Conservation and Development’ which will have a profound impact on Darien’s future direction.

My family has lived in Darien for 35 years. Because of my longevity in town, I do believe that I bring an important perspective to the decisions the RTM will be making for our future.

Brian J. Rayhill * 

6 Pleasant Street

As the Chair of District IV for the past 5 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. Moving forward, I am anxious to see the RTM continue to promote our Senior Programs\Resources and support 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: Town Hall, Renshaw Road

Vote for any 11

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

Mark R. Adiletta *   

Holly Lane 

With years of RTM experience in leadership roles I’ve observe constructive, efficient government is challenging. Our family, like many, values strong schools, wonderful parks/beaches, sports, healthy environment and community Darien offers. As the third generation to reside locally I also recognize maintaining a home here can be daunting for those on fixed incomes while taxes continue to escalate. Experience as a parent, commuter, coach, HOA, parish counsel and as a past Town employee gives me an appreciation for various constituencies in Town. I wish to continue to take a leadership role in these areas on their behalf.

David F. Bayne *

5 Windsor Road

Participation in local government is an important part of being a Darien resident.  Since 2003, I have served on the RTM, the Board of Selectmen and the Weed Beach Building Committee.  I have first-hand knowledge of more than a decade of the successes of the town, such as the revitalization of Weed Beach, and also of its failures, most notably the grossly over-budget “shuffle” project.  I think it is important that those who serve the town understand its past.

The most important issue facing the RTM is oversight of the Town’s annual budget.

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 nine years on the RTM.  The RTM faces many different issues each year, but ensuring that the Board of Selectmen and Board of Education put forward budgets that reasonably and efficiently fund the Town and school operations is our most important issue.

Terrence J. Duffy, Jr.*

One Lantern Lane

I have served on the RTM for over a decade now. I have been on the Finance and Budget Committee as well as the Education committee. Keeping taxes low and responsible have been a priority especially with the fiscal shape of the State of Connecticut. Responsible growth and density are also important issues. Staying involved and showing up for meetings are essential on the local level. I urge others to join the RTM and have their voices heard.

Joanne K. Hennessy * 

72 Holly Lane   

Future development in the Town is a key issue going forward.  I have been serving as Chair of the Planning, Zoning and Housing committee and am following all of the new developments.  It is important that RTM members communicate with their constituents to insure that Town boards know what the residents want.  I believe we need to encourage new development in keeping with the Town Plan of Conservation and Development.

Laura R. Mosher *

16 Edgerton Street

I serve on the RTM because I want to stay informed about local issues and serve the community. The redevelopment of Noroton Heights will provide District V with a great many challenges and opportunities. I hope to be a voice for my neighbors as we move forward with improving our community. By serving on the RTM, I intend to encourage accountability on budget issues. How the town uses its financial resources will be a crucial issue given our State’s current economic environment.

Pamela H. Sparkman *

283 West Avenue

My background; a Rowayton native, received my Ed. M from Harvard University, worked as a teacher and school administrator, and have children attending Holmes School. Currently, serving on the RTM, Education Committee, we’re at a critical stage evaluating each school facility. The proposed developments in downtown Darien and Noroton Heights will greatly impact our schools’ capacities. The potential growth of our student population from these developments, and limitations of our school structures, must be addressed thoughtfully. As a community, we must balance our support for growth, while being realistic about our capacity to accommodate and educate all of our children.

District VI 

Poll Location: 35 Leroy Avenue (Old Darien Library)

Vote for any 11

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           

Carlo Cantavero *

21 Pond Road 

No Response

Janet F. Grogan *

16 Ward Lane  

As an RTM member since 1988, I look forward to being a Representative again. I am currently District 6 Chairman and served in that position when I lived in District 3

An important RTM issue is encouraging people to run for office and learn how government works. There is much to learn, and the more people understand the issues, make a commitment to lend their expertise, the better for Darien.  Fiscal responsibility is a must. As a Darien native, I certainly want my hometown to continue to be the wonderful place it is.               

Edgar M. Hawkins, III *   

65 Mansfield Avenue 

Serving in town government is an important civic responsibility, when you have the time and opportunity.  I was a NYC commuter for 16 years before I was able to volunteer for town activities.  Now   I have enjoyed eight years on the RTM and would like to continue giving back to this terrific town.

The most important issue facing the RTM and the town is: how are we going to keep control and efficiently allocate our financial resources in the face of Connecticut’s deteriorating economic climate, employment prospects and budgetary time-bombs.  An active and engaged RTM is integral to finding solutions.

Nanci Natale *

139 Tokeneke Road

I want to serve on the RTM because I think there are issues concerning Darien that aren’t being fairly discussed and are passed with little or no input from the general public i.e. the new blight law under discussion; too much interference from the BOS in placing unqualified people on town boards and commissions when there are more qualified people applying; parking increases at the train station (when there is little or no parking throughout to   

Lloyd Plehaty *

599 Post Road, #301

The Darien Code, including The Charter and Ordinances, needs updating.  The RTM committee I serve on has been working on the necessary changes for some time.  I would like to continue.

Richard Poli *            

1 Little Brook Road North   

As an RTM member since 2008, it has been both a privilege and an opportunity to contribute to our town.  I have a strong interest in being informed and voting on town issues.  Important issues are the cut back in State Education Aid, property taxes, downtown development, AG30, affordable housing and feasible flood control.
This past year some RTM meetings were missed due to personal commitments.  However, I strive to attend all RTM meetings.



District I 35 Leroy Avenue (Old Darien Library)
District II Town Hall Renshaw Road
District III Noroton Heights Fire Department
District IV Hindley School
District V Town Hall Renshaw Road
District VI 35 Leroy Avenue (Old Darien Library)

RTM Attendance Records

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

District I

Sarah C. Baldwin** 2 out of 2

Amy Barsanti** 5 out of 6

Stanley M. Buchesky 1 out of 8

Patricia Finn Bumgardner 8 out of 8

Curtis Butler 3 out of 8

Diane G. Conologue ** 8 out of 8

Frederick B. Conze 4 out of 8

John Dweck 1 out of 8

Christopher Ezbiansky** 7 out of 8

Brent T. Hayes 1 out of 8

Patrick M. Keane 5 out of 8

Colin J. Kelly 8 out of 8

Young-Sup Lee ** 5 out of 6

Bradley G. Pattelli 7 out of 8

Lois J. Schneider 6 out of 8

John W. van der Kieft, III 6 out of 8

Bert H. von Stuelpnagel 6 out of 8

District II

Anstiss Agnew ** 3 out of 5

Elisabeth C. Bacon ** 7 out of 8

Charles J. Boulier,IV ** 3 out of 4

Shannon Doherty 1 out of 4

Anne O’Connor Finn 4 out of 8

James Henry Howe ** 7 out of 8

Spencer J. McIlmurray 4 out of 4

Monica M. McNally 5 out of 8

Helen M. Miller 8 out of 8

Clara C. Sartori ** 7 out of 8

Joann R. Sawitsky ** 5 out of 8

Sarah C. Seelye 7 out of 7

Barbara L. Thorne ** 8 out of 8

Michael C. Wheeler ** 6 out of 6

District III

Steven A. Anderson 8 out of 8

Robert Cardone ** 6 out of 8

Adele M. Conniff 8 out of 8

Nancy W. Coyle Downs 0 out of 8

Jack H. Davis ** 8 out of 8

Jennifer B. Hageney 1 out of 7

Cassandra L. Hegarty 0 out of 8

Jennifer L. Hite 4 out of 8

Mathew David Jordan 4 out of 8

Dennis J. Maroney ** 8 out of 8

Thomas W. Moore 8 out of 8

Seth W. Morton 7 out of 8

Holly L. Schulz-Amatruda 0 out of 2

Edward A. Washecka 5 out of 8

Lisa Yarnell 6 out of 8

District IV

Martha A. Banks 8 out of 8

Angus James Cameron 8 out of 8

Joan V. Davis ** 8 out of 8

Werner K. Domittner ** 6 out of 8

Lucy Fiore 7 out of 8

Courtney K. Haidinger 6 out of 8

Joseph H. Hardison, III ** 7 out of 8

Phyllis H. Hawkins ** 8 out of 8

Frank B. Kemp 8 out of 8

Joseph D. Miceli 7 out of 8

Andrew C. Millar 7 out of 8

Jennifer A. Montanaro 3 out of 6

Susan E. Morrison 5 out of 8

William D. Peters, III 6 out of 8

Brian J. Rayhill ** 8 out of 8

Sandra A. Savage 8 out of 8

District V

Mark R. Adiletta ** 5 out of 8

Kathryn K. Bates 5 out of 8

Carolyn Golden Bayne 8 out of 8

David F. Bayne ** 5 out of 6

John V. Boulton ** 4 out of 8

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

Dana H. Fead 3 out of 8

Kenneth A. Fiveson, Jr. 6 out of 8

Kate E. Haueisen 6 out of 8

Marlene O. Hayes 5 out of 8

Joanne K. Hennessy ** 8 out of 8

Derek M. Lublin 7 out of 8

Harry D. McLachlin 6 out of 8

Laura R. Mosher ** 8 out of 8

James M. Patrick 8 out of 8

Cheryl Russell ** 8 out of 8

Pamela H. Sparkman **5 out of 5

District VI

Frank H. Adelman ** 7 out of 8

Charles M. Baldwin 4 out of 6

Carlo F. Cantavero ** 6 out of 7

Joseph J. Cherico 8 out of 8

Janet F. Grogan ** 8 out of 8

Edgar M. Hawkins, III ** 8 out of 8

Susan K. Kwun 7 out of 7

Susan R. Lauritzen 7 out of 8

Caroline Luz 8 out of 8

Emily Quinn McDermott 5 out of 8

Nanci R. Natale ** 4 out of 7

Lloyd Plehaty ** 8 out of 8

Richard Poli ** 6 out of 8

Debra McGarry Ritchie 5 out of 8

Gary C. Swenson 8 out of 8

William R. Van Loan, Jr. 6 out of 8

John T. Whitehead 7 out of 7