Voter’s Guide – 2018

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

Vote Tuesday, November 6 — Democracy is not a spectator sport!

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan, 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.  Visit lwv.darien.org to learn more.

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 local and certain state 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.

Constitutional Questions

There will be two ballot questions on the November 6th ballot. They will appear on the back of the ballot.

The Darien League of Women Voters did not independently take a formal position on these two ballot questions but defers to the analyses and conclusions of The League of Women Voters of CT (LWVCT).

The LWVCT urges a “Yes” vote on both of the ballot questions.  Passing them will amend the Connecticut state constitution to provide greater transparency in how each issue, a special transportation fund and conveyance of CT property, will be implemented.  Open Government is an essential part of our Democracy.

Below are the two ballot questions, in the order that they will appear on the ballot along with the intended purpose related to each question.

Ballot Question 1:  Special Transportation Fund

Shall the Constitution of the State be amended to ensure (1) that all moneys contained in the Special Transportation Fund be used solely for transportation purposes, including the payment of debts of the state incurred for transportation purposes, and (2) that sources of funds deposited in the Special Transportation Fund be deposited in said fund so long as such sources are authorized by statute to be collected or received by the state?
Vote Yes or No.

Purpose of the Proposed Amendment
If this amendment is approved, it would impose constitutional protections on state transportation funding.  These protections, commonly referred to as the “transportation lockbox”, are currently established only in the Connecticut General Statutes.  Specifically, this constitutional amendment, like the statutory lockbox, would do the following:

  1. Preserve the state’s Special Transportation Fund (STF) as a permanent fund;
  2. Require that the fund be used exclusively for transportation purposes, which include paying transportation-related debt; and
  3. Require that any funding sources directed to the STF by law continue to be directed there, as long as the law authorizes the state to collect or receive them.

Ballot Question 2:  Transparency of Process of Transferring or Conveying CT State Properties

Shall the Constitution of the State be amended to require (1) a public hearing and the enactment of legislation limited in subject matter to the transfer, sale or disposition of state-owned or state-controlled real property or interests in real property in order for the General Assembly to require a state agency to sell, transfer or dispose of any real property or interest in real property that is under the custody or control of the agency, and (2) if such property is under the custody or control of the Department of Agriculture or the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, that such enactment of legislation be passed by a two-thirds vote of the total membership of each house of the General Assembly?
Vote Yes or No.
Purpose of the Proposed Amendment
If this amendment is approved, it would limit the General Assembly’s ability to pass legislation that requires a state agency to transfer (sell or otherwise convey) any state real property (land or buildings) or property interest to non-state entities.  It does this by imposing the following conditions:

  1. A legislative committee must first hold a public hearing to allow for public comment on the property transfer; and
  2. The legislation must address only the property under consideration.

In addition, for property that belongs to the state Department of Agriculture of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, the legislation must pass by at least two-thirds of the membership of the state House of Representatives and of the state Senate.

 

Candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor

Vote for One 

Ned Lamont and Susan Bysiewicz, Democratic Party and Working Families Party

Bob Stefanowski and Joe Markley, Republican Party and Independent Party

Rodney Hanscomb and Jeffrey Thibeault, Libertarian Party

Oz Griebel and Monte E. Frank, Griebel Frank for CT Party

Candidates for United State Senator

Vote for One

Christopher S. Murphy*, Democratic Party and Working Families Party

Matthew Corey, Republican Party

Richard Lion, Libertarian Party

Jeff Russell, Green Party

Candidates for Representative in Congress
Vote for One

Jim Himes*, Democratic Party
Greenwich

Harry Arora, Republican Party and Independent Party

Greenwich

Candidates for State Senator – Senatorial District 25

Vote for One

Question:  Given the road and rail transportation crisis, is there a position of the opposing party that you could support?

Bob Duff*, Democratic Party and Working Families Party

Norwalk

Back in December of last year, Governor Malloy warned of substantial increases in bus and rail fares to cover what some called a transportation “financing crisis”. The legislature acted decisively to remedy the situation. There will be no fare hikes for the foreseeable future. There will be no service cuts either. From here, the news gets even better.
There’s a ballot initiative awaiting voters on November 6. The people of Connecticut will decide whether or not we make a so-called transportation lockbox a matter of constitutional law. Under previous administrations and legislatures little was spent on our transportation needs. It shows. Until we pass this initiative, there is little confidence we will allocate enough resources. This lock box is a step toward solving this transportation financing crisis.
As Senate Majority Leader, and former Vice-Chair of the Legislature’s Transportation Committee, my goal has always been to modernize our transportation infrastructure. It’s essential for growing our business base, which is essential for growing our tax base, which is the very source of our transportation funding. And a growing tax base ensures balanced budgets and maximum funding for schools and other local necessities, all without the need to raise taxes – on anyone.

Marc D’Amelio, Republican Party and Independent Party

Norwalk

There is bipartisan consensus that transportation funding is a top priority and that we must stop raiding the Special Transportation Fund. I support voting yes to the transportation “Lockbox Amendment” ballot question.

However, unlike Governor Malloy’ s plan which cost $100 billion over 30 years, I support the Prioritize Progress plan presented by the Republican House & Senate caucuses. It outlines a $63.8 billion investment on transportation over 30 years with no tolls and new taxes while flexibly setting transportation priorities.

We must be more judicious and avoid making poor decisions such as the $573 million creation of a 10-mile “bus-way” between New Britain and Hartford. We should focus instead on initiatives such as shortening the commute to NYC.

We must also address cost. We have the highest administrative cost per mile of road; a staggering $99,417 which rose 19% since 2016 and is nine times the national average. Our total spending per mile ranks 4th in the nation.

Our roads and bridges are crumbling while Connecticut residents suffer the 7th highest gasoline tax and 2nd highest overall tax burden in the nation. Let’s address this dichotomy before enacting any additional revenue schemes, such as tolls or a tire tax.

 

Candidates for State Senator – Senatorial District 27

Vote for One

Question:  Given the road and rail transportation crisis, is there a position of the opposing party that you could support?

Carlo Leone*, Democratic Party

Stamford

Yes, I am open to any ideas and solutions that can properly address the needs of our aging infrastructure. As past Chair and now Co-Chair of the Transportation committee, the responsibility to guide effective legislation is paramount. I have aways supported  all ideas and input, however the discourse must be productive, and both sides must consider compromise, otherwise we will not be able to adequately address the change required.

Jerry Bosak, Republican Party and Independent Party

Stamford

The Special Transportation Funds (STF) is a separate, non- lapsing account intended to fund transportation-related purposes. But all too often, these funds are used to fund all sorts of projects that are not transportation related. After years of repeated raiding of the STF and diverting revenue promised to that fund, any large scale investment in transportation improvements must be coupled with a comprehensive and enforceable transportation lockbox.

A statutory lockbox was first passed during the 2013 recession, effective July 1, 2015, and provided that resources in the STF could only be used for transportation purposes. However, this language is not considered strong enough, so it would need to be strengthened by either tightening the statutory language, or by enacting a constitutional amendment that would protect transportation funds (a constitutional lockbox).

To be effective, a constitutional amendment must be clear and enforceable.  A transportation lockbox must also clearly capture existing as well as new sources of revenue intended to support transportation infrastructure and its maintenance. Lastly, reserving a set amount of obligation bonds dedicated solely for transportation under a state bonding cap.

Cora M. Santaguida, Green Party

Stamford

No response.

 

Candidates for State Representative – Assembly District 141

Vote for One

Question:  Given the difficulties the legislature had passing the most recent budget, is there a fiscal position of the opposing party that you could support?

Terrie E. Wood*, Republican Party and Independent Party

Darien

Is there a fiscal position of the opposing party I could support? Yes, absolutely.

It is critically important to build consensus around our budget to provide a path toward fiscal sustainability. A provision in the budget passed in October 2017 established the Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth. A bi-partisan Commission of fourteen people worked to come up with a plan that does exactly what the title infers, provides a comprehensive plan to stabilize our finances and grow our economy.

 This plan depends on all the provisions being implemented in concert and not a piece meal approach. There are many aspects to the plan that I think are terrific and will help our state…and there are some, I’m not so wild about. So while taken independently, I would not be in favor of some of the revenue increases, though when considered with other tax/fee decreases….a net neutral rebalancing of taxes, I would be supportive.  These are measures that will truly correct our ongoing fiscal problems rather than kicking the can down the road. To return our state to fiscal prosperity, we all need to work together with practical common sense, now more than ever.

 

Candidates for State Representative- Assembly District 147

Vote for One

Question:  Given the difficulties the legislature had passing the most recent budget, is there a fiscal position of the opposing party that you could support?

Matt Blumenthal, Democratic Party

Stamford

I agree with many Republicans (and some Democrats) that the new $10 million Tolls Study bonded by Governor Malloy is unnecessary and wasteful. We have enough studies—it’s time for action.

Anzelmo Graziosi, Republican Party and Independent Party

Stamford

As a lifelong Democrat who only recently became a Republican, I agree with Democrats on many social issues. Whether its having sensible gun legislation, women’s reproductive rights, LGBT rights and many others. My difficulty with Democrats has always been with their fiscal position of taxing and spending with little or no regard to taxpayers. They simply refuse to live within their means.

With that said however, there are certain things that are vital to a strong community and where funding is crucial, such as education.  So it is absolutely disheartening to see that communities around the state, including Darien, loose ECF funding because of the state’s improper budgeting and out of control spending for decades .

The Republican caucus, in attempt to close the budget gap, proposed a cut to UCONN’s budget of approximately $300,000,000 million.  That would have decimated the University and forced closures .  While we certainly need more efficiencies from UCONN and other departments, a cut that deep would only further undermine our competitiveness as a state. We need to be investing in our universities and vocational schools so that our children have the skills necessary to compete and companies have employees ready to work.

 

Candidates for Secretary of the State

Vote for One

Denise W. Merrill*, Democratic Party and Working Families Party

Susan Chapman, Republican Party and Independent Party

Heather Lynn Sylvestre Gwynn, Libertarian Party

  1. Michael DeRosa, Green Party

 

Candidates for Treasurer

Vote for One

Shawn Wooden, Democratic Party and Working Families Party

Thad Gray, Republican Party and Independent Party

Jesse Brohinsky, Libertarian Party

 

Candidates for Comptroller

Vote for One

Kevin Lembo*, Democratic Party and Working Families Party

Kurt Miller, Republican Party and Independent Party

Paul Passarelli, Libertarian Party

Edward G. Heflin, Green Party

 

Candidates for Attorney General

Vote for One

William Tong, Democratic Party and Working Families Party

Sue Hatfield, Republican Party and Independent Party

Peter D. Goselin, Green Party

 

Candidates For Judge of Probate

Vote for One

Question:  What are the primary responsibilities of the Judge of Probate and what are your qualifications for the position?

William P. Ostendorf*, Republican Party

New Canaan, CT

No response

 

Candidates for Registrar of Voters

Vote for one

Question:  What are the primary responsibilities of the Registrar of Voters and what are your qualifications for the position?

Susan K. Gray,* Democratic Party

57 Brookside Road

I am pleased to run for a second term as your Democratic Registrar of Voters. Our office is responsible for maintaining the accuracy and security of the Connecticut Voter database, generating voter registration, keeping abreast of pending legislation, newly enacted laws and practices, and administering and ensuring the integrity of Darien’s Elections. My legal background has been an asset, along with my past and present involvement in Darien, where I have resided for 29 years.

John Visi*, Republican Party

25 Little Brook Road

The Registrar of Voters has two primary responsibilities: facilitating all town election events for national, state, municipal, primaries, referendums and maintaining the integrity of the Darien voter database.

With a Master’s in Organizational Management, a State of Connecticut Registrar Certification, and over 9 years election experience, I have the necessary knowledge and skills to institute and maintain the most efficient and trustworthy voting program for the Town of Darien.

 

Board of Education Candidates

Vote for any two

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 full term positions. On the ballot, voters will be asked to select two candidates who will serve three years.

Question: What qualities are most important in your search for a new Superintendent of Schools for Darien and how will you engage the community in the search?

Katie Stein*, Democratic Party

23 Cross Road

Hiring a Superintendent is one of the most important responsibilities I have as a Board of Education Member. I take this job very seriously. As Co-Chair of the Search Committee, it is important to note that a Board of Education does not choose the Superintendent in a vacuum. Community input is critical to the success of hiring the right person. Through our search firm, School Leadership, we have organized multiple focus groups for all stakeholders. These meetings are held with parents, employees, Town Officials, and the Darien community at large. We have also provided an online survey to capture responses of those who could not attend a meeting and for those who prefer to speak anonymously. All the feedback is synthesized to create our candidate profile which details the traits that are important to the entire community. Choosing a Superintendent is not a personal decision for the individual Board of Education members, but a decision guided by our candidate profile to ensure we hire the person best suited for our district.

David Brown, Republican Party

15 Revere Road

No response.

Debra McGarry Ritchie*, Republican Party

16 Stony Brook Road South

The Darien Board of Education has many vital roles and responsibilities including the selection, retention and evaluation of the Superintendent. The BOE has selected a search firm, School Leadership, to manage the search process.  To date, there have been several search committee meetings. Essential to the process is feedback from all stakeholders.  A survey has been released online and in hard copy to ascertain what attributes are most important to residents and stakeholders.  In addition, focus groups and meetings conducted by School Leadership have take place with parents, staff, students, faculty and residents. The BOE will utilize the information gleaned to determine the characteristics sought in a new Superintendent.

 

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.

Question: What are the important RTM issues either specific to your district or facing the town as a whole?

District I

Poll Location: 35 Leroy Avenue 

Vote for any eight

Sarah M. Baldwin*

17 Maywood Road

I have been on the RTM since 2016 and I would be honored to receive your vote for re-election.  I’ve lived in Darien for 5 years and I truly love our town.  As a part of the RTM, I would continue working with others to keep improving our town and building our community in a responsible way.  I promise to be involved, thoughtful and dedicated.  The topics affecting our community that are closest to my heart are continued investment in education, parks and shared space, and public safety.

Amy Barsanti*

16 Sunset Road

Over the next few years Darien will be embarking on a transformation.  Three major developments will alter the streetscape, retail, traffic patterns and livability of our town, all taking place while CT’s fiscal crisis grows.  I feel it is imperative to stay involved in the planning and development oversight function.  Additionally, I think now more than ever residents need to pay attention to state level initiatives that may jeopardize Darien’s independence and our ability to control our own destiny.

Taylor W. Carter*

385 Middlesex Road

All the issues the RTM votes on are important, and the work done by the subcommittees in making their recommendations to the general body is something we should all be grateful for.

I have been particularly interested in and focused on budget issues over the last two years, but truly appreciate the work done by members in other areas.  The selfless donation of time, energy and critical thought by all those serving in town government help in a very tangible way to make Darien such a wonderful place to live.  I would be honored to continue serving on the RTM.

Diane G. Conologue*

216 Leroy Avenue

Important upcoming issues include the rebuilding of Ox Ridge School and Pear Tree Point Beach. We should follow the Building Committees in order to vote responsibly on financing in the future.

As Vice-Chairman of the Parks & Recreation Committee, I will continue to watch development in town parks, beaches and on Highland Farm. Any proposed future uses should be in harmony with the neighborhoods and not overwhelm them.

Maintaining a reasonable budget with Darien’s proposed increased development and Hartford’s economic environment will be a challenge. We must contain spending while continuing to provide excellent services and schools.

Christopher Ezbiansky*

2 Sylvan Road

No response.

Cassie Ann Mecsery*

29 Indian Spring Trail

The three topics for which I currently receive the most communication are; 1. Budget & Education priorities including the Ox Ridge School rebuild. 2. Improvement of quality of life for each resident thru deeper evaluation of the master plan and its recommendations (specifically as it relates to parks and open space). 3. State fiscal decisions and their effect on future town budgets and taxation. New to town government in the spring of 2018, I hope to continue to serve constituents across ALL issues by being visible and available to represent you in the RTM process.

District II

Poll Location: Town Hall 

Vote for any eight

Based upon the ballot, this is a contested race.

Richard A. Aponte*

18 Wistar Court

No response

Vincent C. Arguimbau, III

69 Salem Straits

As a lifelong resident of Darien who enjoys watersports in and around Scott Cove, Tokeneke and Rowayton I consider our town’s waterfront as a resource that provides great value, both in recreation for our residents as well as in real estate. I would bring to the RTM a focused perspective to preserve, protect and revitalize Darien’s shores.

Elisabeth C. Bacon*

59 Delafield Island Road

No response

James Henry Howe*

52 Old Farm Road

No response

 

Cheryl Russell*

18 Fitch Avenue

The town of Darien is facing new developments in downtown and Noroton Heights. We must watch these closely as they will impact our infrastructures.

The new Ox Ridge School and correcting flooding issues will impact our tax dollars.

As a long standing member of the Parks and Recreation Committee and member of the Pear Tree Beach Building Committee, I believe we need to keep improving our parks, beaches, open space and Highland Farm, making them user friendly at a cost we taxpayers can afford.

Clara C. Sartori*

161 Old King’s Highway, South

Last January we held a district- wide meeting for residents of neighborhoods which comprise District II.  Some of the topics discussed were Darien’s need for more open space for parklands and recreation, improved traffic and pedestrian safety, better protection of natural resources and the effects of possible overdevelopment. Suggestions included improved communication about Town government and consolidation of services.

I will use my experience in community service to work with my RTM colleagues to focus on these issues and others. Considering the fiscal situation in Connecticut, it will be important to balance taxpayer affordability with community needs.

Barbara L. Thorne*

37 Dickinson Road

Darien is entering an exciting time of growth and development.  The 100 members of The RTM are a voice of the people in addressing issues that arise and maintaining fiscal responsibility.  I am willing to again serve district 2, sharing experience and knowledge of town governance derived from service on elected boards and as a former school employee.

Michael C. Wheeler*

8 Tory Hole Road

As a 32 year resident, I believe there must be a better way for busy residents to engage with local government.  I helped initiate the first District II Town meeting last January to hear directly from constituents.   There are important RTM issues local news media doesn’t report. As a TV79 Board member, town meetings can now be watched live or on demand on Facebook and Vimeo. If re-elected, I will continuing advocating for a town opt-in email system so you can be notified of key meetings that are important to you.

Penelope Wilson*

44 Andrews Drive

Darien gets it right in many ways with its robust and dedicated community of committed public servants and residents who care deeply about its success – we can harness this power for good in more ways around 3 top issues: the environment, growth of the town, and education. Protecting our natural resources by continued green initiatives, such as the single use plastic bag initiative and food scrap recycling, is crucial, as well as addressing runoff into town waterways and flooding concerns. Continued efforts to increase communication between RTM members and their constituents regarding town growth, education and other concerns important to them is a priority of mine as well.

District III

Poll Location: Noroton Heights Fire Department

Vote for any seven

Jack H. Davis*

197 Hoyt Street

The challenge is providing needed town services and a quality education while maintaining infrastructure in a financially prudent manner that does not burden our residents. Others specific issues include Ox Ridge Elementary School rebuild; Holmes School bus routes; new superintendent search; current revaluation effect on constituents; and, encouraging innovation in government. The RTM controls few of these directly. As Chair of the RTM Finance & Budget committee, our group works to influence these issues by having open discussions with Town Boards and Commissions in a collaborative and proactive manner.

Elise Feldman*

24 Greenwood Avenue

No response.

Petr Marousek*

36 Lake Drive

I view Darien fiscal stability as key to long-term health of our community, especially in light of dire budgetary situation of the state and potential shift of certain liabilities to local level in the future. Strengthening our tax base through several new approved real estate developments, combined with sharp focus on limiting controllable expense growth, should result in the stability of the individual mill rate. This responsible approach will make the town further desirable to newcomers, while giving us flexibility to invest in the Darien’s aging infrastructure.

Edward A. Washecka*

7 Leeuwarden Lane

Important issues facing our town include the Board of Education budget process, and in particular, our plans for Ox Ridge; sensible development of our business district to ensure Darien remains attractive to new businesses; and preparing for less financial support from our state government.

Lisa Yarnell*

15 Kensett Lane

Better schools, improved community services and lower taxes are the key issues:

  • Completion and finalization of a plan for the building of a new OxRidge Elementary School that will free up space in other schools.
  • Attracting and hiring a terrific new superintendent, who will provide the highest quality education.
  • Keeping our real estate community desirable and our house values improving by maintaining and adding new programs and services at our Beaches, Athletic Fields, downtown streets and other improvement projects.
  • Keeping reserves in our budget for capital improvements while spending conservatively to keep our mill rate low and taxes from increasing.

Scott Zimmerman*

14 Hillcrest Avenue

While the RTM must address a variety of issues that come and go, it is most important to balance the identity, character, vision and sense of community we have in Darien with sensible economic growth, reasonable re-development and diverse opportunities for all residents.  In carrying out this delicate balance, the RTM must be sensible, practical and fully in tune with the people we represent.

District IV

Poll Location: Hindley School

Vote for any nine

Joan V. Davis*

29 Dubois Street

The important issues facing the town are the plans for the Noroton Heights renovation including the railroad station area and the plans for the construction in the center of town.

Joseph H. Hardison,III*

11 Nearwater Lane

Honesty, Transparency & Accountability.  Repeatedly, town government tramples the interests of individuals, neighborhoods, and taxpayers.  We should acquire no more property without a transparent, well-publicizedplan for it.  Our BoE wastes hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars (ongoing) trying to conceal its/its Superintendent’s conduct, as recent Court rulings have found; this money could/should be spent on educating our children.  Done properly/timely, we could have saved millions on the Dump Project.  The RTM needs to exercise its vested power to hold town leadership accountable.  Darien is a great place to live and raise a family; it could be much better.

Olive J. Hauser*

138 Hollow Tree Ridge Road

The most important issues facing the town of Darien are those related to livability.  Are our town services and facilities, including our schools, safe and well maintained?   Are our budgets financially sound and dedicated to keeping our taxes as low as possible? Does the town encourage development that makes Darien more livable and more accessible to a wide range of residents including the elderly and the disabled?

As a member of the RTM I will be looking at each issue that comes before us with this standard in mind.  

Michael G. Heitz*

4 Woodland Drive

In fulfilling its legislative powers, the R.T.M.’s role is to work with the Board of Finance, Board of Selectmen and Town administration officials to help assure that Town affairs are conducted in a manner that reflects taxpayers’ interests. In doing so, it is also especially important that the Town’s financial affairs take into account the State’s financial condition. To this end, the Town’s annual budget should reflect anticipated reduced levels of recurring State funding. Additionally, the budgetary process should be continually informed by thoughtful and innovative ways to deliver Town services in a cost efficient and effective fashion.

Sarah B. Neumann

94 Gardiner Street

I am excited to represent District 4 on the Darien RTM. I have lived in Darien over 14 years, and have served as co-chair of both the Hindley and the High School PTO’s, and volunteer at Saint Luke’s Church as Newcomers Co-Chair, as well as past president of the Junior League of Stamford-Norwalk. I will represent District 4 by being willing to ask hard questions and work with all town groups. I will work to seek a balanced budget with an eye on the changes at the state level, as well as looking carefully at the capital proposals in Darien.

Rolf C. Obin*

9 Archer Lane

The RTM exists to stand guard for the taxpayers. Over the next two years the RTM will vote to fund replacement of the Ox Ridge Elementary School, improvements to Pear Tree Point Beach, and development of Highland Farm. I believe it is essential to understand the scope and estimated cost of these projects. If elected, I pledge to hear and understand related public and Commission information and levy evaluation that the scope and budget are synchronized or if they are in conflict with one another and vote accordingly.

 

Brian J. Rayhill*

6 Pleasant Street

 

As the Chair of District IV for the past 7 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.

Linda S. Terhune*

19 Patricia Lane

As a 20-year resident of Darien, and a current member of the RTM, I feel strongly about several important issues in our town. I would like to ensure that our schools continue to maintain their high standards even with the changes that are proposed to the town in the coming years. I believe it’s critical to keep our taxes as low as possible while still maintaining the quality of our beautiful town. Finally, it is vitally important to identify effective ways to reduce flooding downtown and in residential neighborhoods.

Morgan B. Whittier*

41 Walmsley Road

No response.

District V

Poll Location: Town Hall

Vote for any nine

Mark R. Adiletta*

69 Holly Lane

No response.

David F. Bayne*

5 Windsor Road

The biggest issue facing the RTM is how to remain relevant in an era when it is given little work by Darien’s Boards and Commissions. Meetings are being regularly cancelled because there is nothing for the RTM to do. The world keeps spinning, but Darien seems to be sitting on its hands. I would like to see the RTM become more proactive in investigating and debating issues of importance, such as emergency preparedness for future storms, banning fracking waste, planning future growth and infrastructure projects, etc. I prefer that the RTM “act” than “react.”

John V. Boulton*

214 West Avenue

Connecticut’s ongoing fiscal issues and the agenda of whichever Governor we elect this November will likely pose tangible challenges for the Town’s leaders in the next two years.  Among the impacts could be reductions in state educational funding, a renewed effort to push the State’s pension obligations towards the towns and cities, and further momentum towards regionalization that could have budgetary impact and threaten local control of our schools and services.  Potential tax increases could also hurt property values, which drive Darien’s revenue stream.  The RTM will need seasoned leaders to help steer the Town through these challenging times.

Janet F. Grogan*

137 Hollow Tree Ridge Road

An RTM member since 1988, I recently moved to District 5, where I grew up, and later lived for 18 years on Bumpalong.  I was chairman of two other districts and served on the Rules, TGS&A, Public Works and Education committees.

The large development planned for Noroton Heights makes it essential to preserve access to Metro-North, as well as facilitate pedestrian, bicycle, scooter, automobile and truck traffic during the construction period.  We want to maintain our small town positives, and I will strive to ensure the building process respects them.

Frederick R. Hebert*

7 Tyler Drive

I see three significant issues facing our town and my District.

The fiscal and economic issues facing this state do and will continue to present challenges to our community; how do we re-allocate existing local funding and how do we develop new revenue streams?

Plan for future development in our community. Regardless if it is a private or public development project we need to answer the question does it benefit the community and our residents?

Continue to provide a high quality education for all our children.  I strongly believe our education spending priority needs to focus on the classroom.

Joanne K. Hennessy*

72 Holly Lane

I have been chair of the Planning and Zoning committee for the past several years.  I plan to continue on this committee as we follow important building projects in the Town, both downtown and in Noroton Heights.   I have been active in the planning stages of these projects and will continue to work to insure that the interests of the citizens of the town remain in the forefront.

Lindsay Kelly*

28 Intervale Road

No response.

David R. Martin*

15 Libby Lane

No response

Laura R. Mosher*

16 Edgerton Street

I have served on the Public Health and Safety Committee of the RTM for 6 years.  The RTM is the town’s legislative body that appropriates funding, approves contracts and provides oversight of the annual budget. The redevelopment of the Noroton Heights business district is among the most important issues facing my district.  How we manage the growth in the area and the decisions we make for flood mitigation will have a profound impact on District V. I look forward to the challenge of finding solutions for the consequences of increased traffic, and pedestrian safety.

Sheila B. Sherwood

266 Hollow Tree Ridge Road

Important issues to ensure our town continues to thrive are:

  1. Development of our parks.We now need to choose the consultants’ plan that most benefits all.
  2. Ensure the continued excellence of Darien schools in spite of the loss of state funding. As a former elementary principal, I am well aware of the elements needed for our students to thrive.
  3. Continue the improvement of our downtown and redevelopment of the Heights shopping area.

I am most eager to serve as an RTM member in the 5th District.

District VI

Poll Location: 35 Leroy Avenue

Vote for any eight

Frank H. Adelman*
3 Harriet Lane East

No response

Carlo Cantavero*

21 Pond Lane

No response

Edgar M. Hawkins*

65 Mansfield Avenue

No response

Susan R. Lauritzen*

59 Hale Lane

I have lived in Darien for the past 24 years and have seen enormous growth in town.  I have served on the RTM since 2015.  I also have an MBA from Yale. I met with constituents this year.  A priority is maintaining the superior quality of education, safety in schools, and addressing special education needs.  Also important is managing our budget effectively to keep taxes low. Preserving and enhancing our parks and beaches, pedestrian safety, and infrastructure are important issues to maintain the quality of living we enjoy in Darien.

Richard Poli*

1 Littlebrook Road North

No response

Robert A. Werner*

21 Bailey Avenue

No response

 

POLL LOCATIONS

District I            35 Leroy Avenue                

District II          Town Hall                    

District III         Noroton Heights Fire Department            

District IV          Hindley School

District V           Town Hall

District VI         35 Leroy Avenue 

ATTENDANCE RECORDS

The following are the attendance records for the Representative Town Meeting members for the past year. There were seven meetings in 2017 -2018 RTM calendar 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** 7 of 7

Amy Barsanti** 5 of 7

Patricia Finn Bumgardner 6 of 7

Curtis Butler 4 of 7

Taylor W. Carter** 7 of 7

Diane G. Conologue** 7 of 7

Christopher Ezbiansky**  4 of 7

Sarah C. Haverstick  2 of 3

Patrick M. Keane 6 of 7

Colin J. Kelly 6 of 7

Young-Sup Lee 7 of 7

Derek Lublin 4 of 7

Cassie Ann Mecsery** 1 of 2

Arpita Muchhal 6 of 7

Bradley G Pattelli 5 of 7

Lois J. Schneider 4 of 7

Bert H. von Stuelpnagel  7 of 7

DISTRICT II

Richard A. Aponte** 3 of 4

Elisabeth C. Bacon** 3 of 7

William F. Cusack, III  6 of 7

Timothy M. Goertel 3 of 7

Susanne R. Handler 5 of 7

James Henry Howe** 5 of 7

Monica M. McNally 6 of 7

Helen M. Miller 6 of 7

Iris B. Mix 5 of 7

Heather Pommernelle 4 of 7

Cheryl Russell**  5 of 7

Clara C. Sartori** 7 of 7

Barbara L. Thorne** 7 of 7

Stacey Tie 7 of 7

Michael C. Wheeler** 6 of 7

Penelope Wilson** 5 of 5

DISTRICT III

Adele M. Conniff  7 of 7

Jack H. Davis** 6 of 7

Elise Feldman** 4 of 7

Holly M. Giordano  4 of 7

Petr Marousek** 6 of 6

  1. Carolina McGoey 7 of 7

Sue-Ellen H. Mitchell 5 of 7

Thomas W. Moore 7 of 7

Seth W. Morton 7 of 7

Peter S. Riordan 6 of 7

Tamara Sload 5 of 7

Nicholas Vitale 7 of 7

Edward A. Washecka** 3 of 7

Jennifer Woodbury 6 of 6

Lisa Yarnell** 6 of 7

Scott Zimmerman** 4 of 6

DISTRICT IV

Martha A. Banks 6 of 7

Angus James Cameron 6 of 7

Joan V. Davis** 4 of 7

Lucy Fiore 6 of 7

Joseph H. Hardison, III** 6 of 7

Olive J. Hauser** 1 of 1

Phyllis H. Hawkins 5 of 7

Michael G. Heitz** 5 of 5

Frank B. Kemp 6 of 7

Joseph D. Miceli 7 of 7

Andrew C. Millar 4 of 7

Rolf C. Obin** 5 of 5

Brian J. Rayhill** 6 of 7

Sandra A. Savage 7 of 7

Linda S. Terhune** 3 of 5

Morgan B. Whittier** 5 of 5

DISTRICT V

Mark R. Adiletta** 5 of 7

Carolyn Golden Bayne 7 of 7

David F. Bayne** 7 of 7

John V. Boulton** 6 of 7

Britton Costa 4 of 6

Terrence J. Duffy, Jr. 7 of 7

Kenneth A. FIveson, Jr. 6 of 7

Frederick R. Hebert** 4 of 6

Joanne K. Hennessy** 6 of 7

Lindsay Kelly** 5 of 6

David R. Martin** 5 of 6

Harry D. McLachlin  6 of 7

Jennifer M. Moller  6 of 7

Laura R. Mosher**  6 of 7

Sara D. Parent 7 of 7

James M. Patrick 7 of 7

Ann B. Reed 6 of 7

William Smith, III 6 of 7

DISTRICT VI

Frank H. Adelman** 7 of 7

Carlo F. Cantavero** 1 of 7

Amy R. Chickles 6 of 7

Janet F. Grogan** 7 of 7

Marie A. Handler 4 of 7

Edgar M. Hawkins, III** 6 of 7

Sussan R. Lauritzen** 6 of 7

Susannah E.W. Lewis 5 of 7

Caroline Luz 6 of 7

Emily Quinn McDermott 6 of 7

Peter P. Orphanos 5 of 7

Richard Poli** 4 of 7

Shannon Silsby 6 of 7

Gary C. Swenson 7 of 7

William R. Van Loan, Jr. 6 of 7

Theresa Vogt 7 of 7

Robert A. Werner** 4 of 5

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