Both the Wilton Republican and Democratic Town Committees met last week and selected their nominees for the one lone, municipal race on the ballot in November. Each party nominated a candidate to run for registrar of voters.

The Republicans met May 18, and endorsed Annalisa Stravato, who has most recently served as an assistant registrar. She would replace Tina Gardner, who is retiring at the end of her term in January, after serving almost 20 years as the town’s Republican registrar.

At their May 19 caucus, the Democrats nominated Carole Young-Kleinfeld. She is Wilton’s current Democratic registrar of voters, and will be running for re-election.

On election day, Nov. 8, Wilton voters will be asked to vote for one registrar, but two will be elected. According to Wilton’s town clerk Lori Kabak, the two spots have traditionally been held by one registrar from each of the major parties. An unaffiliated voter could enter the race by petitioning on the ballot, but Kabak said she has never seen that happen for this office. If a resident from one of the to major parties wanted to challenge their party’s officially endorsed nominee, that would force a primary for that party.

Justice of the Peace

In addition, the parties also selected their Justices of the Peace. They each have five spots to fill, for a four-year term. These candidates do not have to face an election⎯they are simply chosen and appointed by the town committees.

The DTC elected Karen Birck to fill the one currently open position for justice of the peace; she will serve the remainder of the term, which ends in January 2017. They followed that by endorsing Birck as well as three other current justices—Jeffrey Busch, Charles Flynn and Charles Lewis—for reappointment. The fifth person they endorsed is Thomas Dubin, who will take over in January for Louise Herot, who has decided not to run for re-election.

The RTC endorsed their five current justices:  Mike Bilby, Lois Bruce, Donald Drummond, Roger Valkenburg and John Wilson.

November Election

In addition to the registrar of voters race, Wilton voters will find the following races on the ballot:

  • President/Vice President (electors)
  • U.S. Senator
  • U.S. Representative, 4th District
  • State Senator, 26th District
  • State Representative (125th or 143rd District)

Kabak is gearing up and preparing now, and says she’s looking forward to Election Day—even given how tumultuous primary season has been, especially in the Presidential campaign.  “Let’s go,” she says. “I’m ready.”

This article has been updated to note that Thomas Dubin is not currently a Justice of the Peace, and that he is taking the seat of Louise Herot, who is not seeking re-election.