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Dems Pick Local Candidates

While most of the focus this November will be on state-wide elections, there are a few spots up for grabs this year in municipal elections in Darien. Last night, the Democratic Town Committee held its caucus to name nominees for the Board of Education and Registrar of Voters slots up for election this year. Deciding to stick with what works, they party chose incumbents Jim Plutte and Tom Dunn to run for re-election.

Before moving to Darien, Plutte was an educator in California, Louisiana and Virginia for 21 years. He has been a member of the Board of Education since 2001. As the party said on its website, “Going forward, Jim will continue to monitor the integration of technology into the classroom as an integral instructional tool, ensure that building capacity issues do not compromise the class-size policy or the quality of education and ensure adequate funding for ongoing initiatives and for attracting, training and retaining excellent teachers and administrators.”

Dunn has also held his post for some time, as he was first elected in 1994. Since then, he has overseen the switch from lever-powered voting machines to optical scanners. He says in his time in office, he “has promoted constructive changes in the election statutes and procedures for voter registration.”

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