The candidates for Wilton’s Board of Education and the Planning and Zoning Commission met onstage Tuesday evening, Oct. 29, in the Wilton Library’s Brubeck Room, answering questions in a town hall-style forum moderated by the League of Women Voters.

Taking the stage first were the three candidates hoping to get votes to help oversee Wilton’s top amenity–the schools:  Ruth DeLuca (D), Savet Constantine (D), Mandi Schmauch (R), and Jennifer Lalor (R). They answered questions submitted by their fellow Wilton residents, which reflected topics at the forefront of the Wilton school district:  school budget, enrollment, changing curriculum, communication with the public, student assessment and standards and building maintenance, among others.

The four women had only a maximum of one minute to answer each of the questions to set themselves apart in the eyes of voters.

The same limited time frame to answer questions faced the eight candidates seeking seats on the Planning and Zoning Commission–but in two different races. Six candidates are competing for four seats that are four-year terms–Florence Johnson (D),  Rem Bigosinski (D), Melissa-Jean Rotini (unaffiliated, running on the Republican ticket), Rick Tomasetti (R), Matthew Murphy (R) and Jake Bittner. (unaffiliated, running on the Republican ticket); and two candidates running to fill one vacancy for a two-year term–Peter Squitieri (D) and Jill Warren (R).

The Forum was sponsored by the Wilton League of Women Voters, the Wilton Library and GOOD Morning Wilton.

As a sponsor of the debates, GOOD Morning Wilton has the privilege of bringing the video recording of the one-hour forums to readers. It’s our hope that we’ll be able to bring you a fuller picture of each of the candidates–who they are, what they represent, and how they’ll govern–to encourage readers to turn out to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 5.


Board of Education Separate Questions


UPDATE, 9 A.M.:  Below is the FULL Planning & Zoning Forum. As soon as the shorter, individual questions, are uploaded, they’ll be posted here.

Planning and Zoning Commission Separate Questions