With just three weeks until Election Day (Tuesday, Nov. 3), the candidates running for elected office in Wilton are amping up their appearances, which means residents have more opportunities to meet them and hear what they have to say.  Here are scheduled events coming up in the next two weeks.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 14, 12 p.m.: The Kiwanis Club of Wilton will host Lynne Vanderslice and Deborah McFadden, the two candidates running for first selectman, at the club’s weekly luncheon. The lunch starts at 12:15 p.m., and the candidates will speak at 12:45 p.m.. Each candidate will have 15 minutes to present her plans for the town if elected, followed by 15 minutes of questions and answers. The Q & A will be moderated by John Kalamarides, club vice president (and himself a candidate for the Board of Finance). The luncheon is held at WEPCO (48 New Canaan Rd.).
  • Saturday, Oct. 17, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.:  Lynne Vanderslice will be campaigning outside the Village Market (108 Old Ridgefield Rd.).
  • Saturday, Oct. 17, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.: Wilton DTC Fall Oktoberfest BBQ  Meet Wilton’s Democratic candidates and special guests, including CT Democratic party chairman Nick Balletto. Adult tickets are $35 purchased online in advance, $45 at the event; children and students are $10 each. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time online. The BBQ will be held at Merwin Meadows.
  • Sunday, Oct. 18, 3-6 p.m.:  Deb McFadden will be campaigning outside the Village Market (108 Old Ridgefield Rd.).
  • Wednesday, Oct. 21, 6 p.m.:  Wilton Democrats Host Candidate Meet-and-Greet  The Wilton Democrats will host a meet-and-greet for the DTC-endorsed candidates. All voters are invited to meet them and learn more about the DTC candidates for first selectman, Board of Selectmen, Board of Finance, Board of Education, Planning & Zoning, Board of Assessment Appeals and Constable.The candidates include (office for which they’re running included in parentheses):  Deborah McFadden (first selectman); Brian Lilly (Board of Selectmen); Gil Bray (Board of Selectmen); John Kalamarides (Board of Finance); Laura Schwemm (Board of Education); Keith Rodgerson (Planning & Zoning Commission); Charlie Lewis (Board of Assessment Appeals); John Gardiner (constable); and Bo Mitchell (constable).This event is free and open to the public, and takes place at Trackside Teen Center (15 Station Rd.).
  • Thursday, Oct. 22, 7-8 p.m.:  Wilton Historical Society First Selectman Candidate Forum, with the Wilton High School Model Congress
    The Wilton Historical Society is hosting a First Selectman Candidate Forum and Wilton High School students will help quiz the candidates, Deb McFadden and Lynne Vanderslice. Each candidate will have 10 minutes for statements. Following their remarks, members of the WHS Model Congress Club will pose questions to the candidates and run the balance of the hour-long event. WHS history teacher and club advisor Kenneth Dunaj has been working with the club to develop and practice parliamentary procedure, debate skills and bill/policy writing. The students will have their questions prepared prior to the Candidates Forum. Questions will be posed in in the following four categories: historic preservation; commerce and the Wilton economy; education; and the candidate’s vision for the future of Wilton.Wilton Model Congress board members Randy Ramirez, Jessica Kobsa, and Nicholas Johnson are looking forward to the event. “A chance such as this one to get involved in our community and have a role in the decision-making that will shape the direction of our town is an invaluable experience for high school students, especially ones such as our club members who are dedicated to citizenship and interested in government policy,” they said in a written statement.The Wilton Historical Association is located at 224 Danbury Rd..
  • Saturday, Oct. 24, 1-4 p.m.:  Lynne Vanderslice and other RTC candidates will be campaigning outside the Village Market (108 Old Ridgefield Rd.).
  • Sunday, Oct. 25, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.:  Lynne Vanderslice and other RTC candidates will be campaigning outside Stop and Shop (5 River Rd.).
  • Sunday, Oct. 25, 4-6 p.m.:  Deb McFadden will be campaigning outside the Village Market (108 Old Ridgefield Rd.).
  • Monday, Oct. 26, 7-8:15 p.m.:  Wilton League of Women Voters and Wilton Library will host a Board of Selectmen Candidates’ Debate  This debate between Gil Bray, Dave Clune, Brian Lilly and Mike Kaelin, candidates for the Board of Selectmen, is free and open to the public.The evening’s format will include written questions collected from the audience and presented to the candidates by moderator Jean Rabinow, bylaws chair of the League of Women Voters of CT. Each candidate will be given time to answer and time for rebuttal. The debate will be held in the Wilton Library’s Brubeck Room (137 Old Ridgefield Rd.).

Editor’s Note:  This list has been updated to reflect additional dates.