Town Committees Pick Candidates for Fall Races

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Several town committees made endorsements for candidates who voters will see later this year. The Courant\’s staff reports in from around the state that some of yesterday\’s big winners included:


Melissa Schlag, a former Green Party candidate who gained statewide attention for leading the fight against the controversial Haddam land swap, who got the Democrats\’ nod as their candidate for first selectman, reports Erik Hesselberg. She\’ll square off against two-term incumbent, Republican Paul J. DeStefano.




Tim O\’Brien, another Democratic incumbent, from New Britain. He got the nod from his town committee, according to The Courant\’s Don Stacom. He\’s expected to face off against Erin Stewart, the only announced Republican candidate there.



Daniel Drew, the incumbent Democratic mayor of Middletown: Erik Hesselberg reports that Drew accepted the Democrats\’ nomination over a video conference from the hospital where he was recovering from shoulder surgery. Drew has no Republican opponent, as the GOP came up empty on candidates for first time in 30 years.

Susan Holmes, Cheri Ann Pelletier and Mark Tweedie, all incumbents, along with Bert Gay, Patrick Greene and Tim Devanney, who got the Republican nods for board of directors in Manchester, reports The Courant\’s Jesse Leavenworth.

David Trinks, Windsor\’s incumbent Democratic mayor and the town\’s highest vote-getter in the last six elections, according to The Courant\’s Nicole Perez. Trinks wasn\’t endorsed by the nominating committee there, but was nominated from the floor and won the full committee\’s vote. Both party committees also made picks for town council and the school board.

Mary Glassman, who is seeking her eighth term as First Selectwoman in Simsbury, reports The Courant\’s Nicholas Rondinone. Also on the Democrats\’ slate are Deputy First Selectwoman Lisa Heavner and Selectwoman Shannon Knall. The Republicans make their picks in Simsbury next Tuesday.








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