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Top Darien Republicans Step Down

DARIEN, Conn. – Darien Republican Town Committee Chairman Harry Artinian wanted to step down before preparations for November's elections heat up. He, along with Treasurer Joi Reiner Gallo and members James Rickards and Victoria Smith, jointly announced they were retiring, effective immediately.

"We all have different responsibilities and commitments and decided that now would be the perfect time to retire," Artinian said. "The committee is set to nominate new people, and they have their caucus coming up, which makes this the best time."

The committee is interviewing candidates to run in this year's elections. Next Wednesday, it will interview candidates for the Board of Finance and Board of Education. On July 21, the Republicans will have a townwide caucus to decide which candidates they will endorse for November's election.

"It has been an enormously satisfying run, and we have accomplished much for Darien over the last several years," Artinian said. Some of the accomplishments mentioned include making the RTC more transparent and allowing all town Republicans to have a say in selecting candidates.

In previous elections, when candidates were selected by the 21 members of the committee, "expensive and debilitating primaries were common and weakened party unity."

The Republicans regained control of the Board of Selectmen in 2009 and now hold the majority on all town boards.

Artinian trusts the new leadership of the committee to "find people who will carry on the fight, without hidden agendas, for smaller government, smarter spending and lower taxes." The committee will elect a new chairman at its June 29 meeting.

Do you think that the retirement of these four members of the Republican Town Committee will have an impact on this year's election? Start a conversation in the comments below, on Facebook and on Twitter .

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