The Connecticut State Democratic Party announced they are awarding Deborah McFadden with their 2017 Women’s Leadership Award. McFadden, the chair of the Wilton Democratic Town Committee (DTC), will accept the award at the Ella T. Grasso Women’s Leadership Awards Brunch on Sunday, Sept. 17 at the Aqua Club in Plantsville, CT.

“Deb’s unflagging devotion to Wilton and to Democratic principles have made a huge difference in her community, and makes her a deserving recipient of this award,” says Democratic state chairman Nick Balletto. “Her willingness to serve her party at all levels and work with a variety of constituencies in pursuit of effective, compassionate government is what Democrats are all about.”

McFadden is running for a seat on the Board of Selectmen in the 2017 municipal election.

Over the last two decades, McFadden has been an active volunteer and participant in Wilton, its town government and the Democratic party, and a press release from the DTC calls her “a passionate advocate for bipartisan cooperation in managing the town’s challenges.” She served as a selectman from Jan.-Nov., 2015 and is the current DTC Chair. She has been a town constable for several terms, and has served on the boards of the Norwalk River Valley Trail, the Wilton Security Task Force, and Trackside Teen Center. She has volunteered with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, STAR, the Boy Scouts, PTA and her church. Prior to moving here, she served as an executive in the Mayor’s Office of Salt Lake City, Utah, and she is a former member of the Electoral College.

“Deborah’s deep personal commitment, ideas, and tireless efforts have advanced democracy on the local, state and national levels,” says Ross Tartell, who nominated McFadden for the award. “She has had, and continues to have a significant impact on our community and on the state of Connecticut.”

“I’m honored to receive this award,” said McFadden. “Given my fellow recipients and those who have won previously, I can only be inspired to do more.”

The brunch begins at 11 a.m.. Tickets are $65 per person and $650 for a table of ten, and are available online. The Aqua Club is located at 556 Mulberry St., Plantsville, CT 06479.

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