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Jayme Stevenson Leads Republican Nominees In Darien

Incumbent Darien First Selectman Jayme Stevenson leads a slate of Republican candidates for the fall election.
Incumbent Darien First Selectman Jayme Stevenson leads a slate of Republican candidates for the fall election. Photo Credit: Contributed

DARIEN, Conn. – Incumbent First Selectman Jayme Stevenson leads a full slate of Republican hopefuls for the fall election heading into Monday night’s party caucus to endorse candidates.

For the most part, the party has its candidates already picked out, but for Darien’s tax collector the Republicans have two people vying for the nomination. Incumbent Kathleen Larkins faces a challenge by Keeley Kriskey, who has filed a petition to also receive party consideration.

Stevenson announced her bid for re-election via Twitter in May. She was first elected to the post in 2011.

So far, she does not have a final Democratic opponent. The party nominated its slate of candidates on Tuesday, but installed Darien Democratic Town Committee Chairman Randy Klein as a placeholder for the nomination until another candidate is found.

Monday’s Republican nominating caucus is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the auditorium at Darien Town Hall, 2 Renshaw Road.

The rest of Darien’s Republican candidates are:

Selectmen: Gerald A. Nielsen, Jr. and Susan J. Marks

Town Clerk: Donna E. Rajczewski

Town Treasurer, Joan D. Hendrickson

Board of Finance: Joseph C. Duwan, David J. Lopiano and Jon E. Zagrodzky

Board of Education: Christa S. McNamara and David Byron Martens

Board of Assessment Appeals: Christopher Peters

Planning & Zoning Commission (four-year-term): Stephen P. Olvany and John Ralph Sini, Jr.

Planning & Zoning Commission (two-year-term): Richard Allen DiDonna

Constables: Louis J. Calastro and Joseph Tarnowsky, Jr.

James Palen, chairman of the Darien Republican Town Committee, is looking forward to the fall election, which will be held on Nov. 5.

“The Darien RTC is fortunate to have such an exceptional combination of experienced incumbents and new highly qualified candidates for elected and appointed offices in town,” Palen said in a statement. “The dedication and hard work of past, present and future volunteers will continue to make Darien a desirable location to live, own a home and educate our children.”

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