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Board Of Education, RTM Spots Fill Darien Ballot

DARIEN, Conn. – While Darien residents will probably focus on picking their next president on Nov. 6, there will also be several town government positions on the ballot for them to choose.

The Darien Board of Education election will be contested for the first time since 1993, with four candidates vying for three positions. Incumbent Republicans Elizabeth Hagerty-Ross and Sara Schneider-Zuro are both up for re-election. They are challenged by Democrats Patty McCormick and Katie Stein.

Hagerty-Ross has served on the board for six years, including the past year as chair. Schneider-Zuro was appointed in June to fill the seat left vacant by Republican Amy Bell. The third contested seat is currently held by George Reilly, a Democrat.

The Representative Town Meeting has 95 of its 100 seats filled. Of those seats, 57 will be open in this election. There will be 10 open seats in District 1, 14 in District 2, seven in District 3, seven in District 4, 10 in District 5 and 10 in District 6.

Both parties will elect a new Registrar of Voters this year. The Democrats have nominated Kathy Hammell to succeed current Democratic Registrar Thomas Dunn. The Republican Town Committee is currently seeking candidates to succeed Republican Registrar Donald Smith.

Darien’s two state senators are also up for re-election. State Sen. Bob Duff (D-25th District) is challenged by Republican Jack Chiaramonte.  State. Sen. Carlo Leone (D-27th District) is challenged by Republican Barry Michelson.

For years Darien has had one state representative, but as a result of re-districting there are now two . RTM District 3 is now part of the 147th district, while the rest of Darien remains in the 141st district. Terrie Wood (R-141st District) is running against Democratic challenger Rob Werner.  William Tong (D-147th District) is running against Republican Joe S. Tarzia.

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-4th District) is running for re-election against Republican challenger Steve Obsitnik.  Republican Linda McMahon and Democrat Chris Murphy are both running for U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman's vacant seat.

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