The Republican State Central Committee has two new members and they’re both women.
Meg Casasanta of Rocky Hill and Susan Vaill of Bethlehem were the winners Thursday night in a special election to fill vacated seats.
“We are honored and fortunate to have two new members with Meg and Susan’s experience and dedication to our party,” Connecticut Republican Chairman Jerry Labriola Jr. said. “I look forward to working with them towards victory in 2013.”
State Republicans have struggled to win over women voters in recent years and Labriola has said bringing more women into the party is a key goal.
Vaill is real estate broker from Bethlehem with deep roots in politics: her father, grandfather and great-grandfather all served in the legislature. Vaill served as chairman of the Bethlehem Republican Town Committee, and as member of the Bethlehem Planning Commission. She will represent the 32nd District on the town committee, which consists of the towns of Bethlehem, Bridgewater, Middlebury, Oxford, Roxbury, Seymour, Southbury, Washington, Watertown, and Woodbury.
Casasanta, who will serve the Ninth district (Cromwell, Middletown, Newington, Rocky Hill, and Wethersfied), ran unsuccessfully for state representative in 2010. She is a member of the Rocky Hill Republican Town Committee and former member of the Newington Town Council and Board of Education. Party officials say she helped the Republicans win a super-majority on the town council in 2007.