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Darien RTM Has Several Vacant Seats This Year

DARIEN, Conn. — If you are interested in serving on Darien's largest government body, there is plenty of room. The Representative Town Meeting will have several seats open in this coming election.

This November, 58 of the RTM's 100 seats will be vacant, according to Town Clerk Donna Rajczewski. So far, 41 candidates have applied to be on the ballot. In nearly all of Darien's six districts, there are more vacant seats than there are candidates looking to fill them.

In District 1, there will be 10 vacancies and four candidates running. In District 2, there are 14 vacancies and 11 candidates, including one person who has registered to be a write-in candidate. District 3 is the only district where there will be a real race this year, with 10 candidates looking to fill seven vacancies. In District 4, there are seven vacancies and four candidates. District 5 has 10 vacancies and seven candidates, and District 6 has 10 vacancies and five candidates.

Anybody who wishes to run for a spot on the RTM must register as a write-in candidate, Rajczewski said. Potential write-in candidates must collect signatures from 25 electors in their district and take them to the town clerk's office by noon Monday, Nov. 5.

The RTM is the nonpartisan legislative body for Darien's town government. Currently, 95 members serve on the board. Its responsibilities include passing laws and ordinances, appropriating funds, approving contracts for town employees and approving the town's budget.

The RTM typically meets eight times a year. Meetings take place Monday nights during the school year, unless a special meeting is called in the summer. In addition to attending full meetings, each RTM member must serve on one of the body's seven standing committees, which generally meet five to 10 times a year.

Because of recent redistricting, some of the RTM's districts have changed. Click here to find your district. If you are interested in serving on the RTM, contact the town clerk's office at 203-656-7307.

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