Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Incumbent Democrats Nominated to Run in November

The Democratic Town Committee (DTC) held their nominating convention for this year's municipal elections on Tuesday evening in City Hall. The nominations were read by the chair of the DTC, Dan Russo, and in every case rapidly and unanimously approved. For Common Council, Planning and Zoning, and the Board of Education, all incumbent Democrats were nominated to run again. Dan Drew was heartily endorsed for Mayor by the assembled Democratic leaders.

For Common Council, the DTC leadership committee recommended the 8 incumbent Democrats for nomination. Russo mentioned that there were other candidates who wanted to run for Council, but "In light of hard work and excellent service, we felt that the best thing we could do for Middletown and the community was to renominate the incumbents."

Three seats are open on Planning and Zoning, but the incumbents are all Republicans (this includes Deborah Kleckowski, who recently switched to the Republican party). The DTC found the nearest thing to an incumbent in Quentin Phipps, who is currently an alternate on P&Z. In addition they nominated David Boyce and Dan Russo. Because of minority representation rules, the Democrats could win a maximum of one seat on P&Z in this election.

Four seats are open on the Board of Education, and both incumbent Democrat were nominated, Judith Russo and Ted Raczka. Cary Chatham, who was touted as a volunteer on the Drew for Mayor campaign, and Bill Grady, who is an English professor at Middlesex Community College, were also nominated for the Board.

The main event of the evening was the nomination and endorsement of Dan Drew for Mayor. The last Democrat to hold the mayor's post, Domenique Thornton, nominated Drew, praising his selfless service to Ron Klattenberg when he was a candidate for mayor this year, and to Vinnie Loffredo when he was a candidate for mayor this year. She said that when first Klattenberg and then Loffredo decided that they could not run, Drew was the obvious choice.

Thornton's nomination was heartily seconded by Councilmen Bob Santangelo, Gerry Daley, and by Representative Joe Serra. Each of them praised Drew's energy and hard work, and his vision for the future of Middletown. Daley criticized the current mayor for building up the fund balance of the city.

Drew spoke about his concerns for Middletown's future, pointing to Giuliano's proposed budgets and their tax increases as a particular problem for the people he had spoken to in his campaigning. He also made a thinly veiled argument for one-party government, "We need a mayor who will work with all the other bodies in the city."

Drew received a long, standing ovation at the end of his speech.


Anonymous said...

Interesting that your article said that there were several interested people for the Democratic nominations for City Council. How could the party decide to stick with ALL the current incumbents! I am a Democrat, but more importantly, I care about the quality of our leadership. I sincerely hope that the Republicans offer a good slate of fresh candidates. I can not imagine voting for the Dmocratic slate, most of whom have been in office well beyond there usefulness.
I am also dismayed that the Democrats renominated Judy Russo. During the 4 years that she has been on the Board of Education, she has been an ineffective member of the Board. Again, I look forward to the Republicans offering some fresh candidates.

Anonymous said...

Ugh! More of the same tired candidates!