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The Democratic primary for Fire Commissioner is over, and we have a new candidate in Jen Caldwell. Congratulations are in order.
There seems to be a lot of confusion about the primary and politics, so I am writing this to help clarify.
The Democratic party in town is the minority party, but like everyone in America we have rights. That includes the right to nominate and run party-endorsed candidates when they get enough votes from our committee. The unendorsed candidate then has the right to primary. Registered Democrats then have the right to vote for either.
Pretty clear, I hope.
Jen Caldwell was endorsed by the men and women of the Democratic Town Committee, all of whom live here and many who participate on a voluntary basis on boards, commissions and civic organizations. That is how it works. We choose who to nominate and endorse, and for whom to vote.
The Republican Town Committee does the same. Republicans and Democrats in North Haven should respect each other’s right to choose their own board and commission members.
There have been many comments on social media about the primary, the majority made by individuals who have nothing to do with the Democratic Party in town.
A fire commissioner, like all commission members in our town, serves all citizens. So, no, the fire commissioner does not just serve the firefighters, as some people have asserted. Nor should the firefighters choose the commission that oversees their department.
Firefighters should be funded by taxpayers, and as a citizen, I have and always will support them.
Jen Caldwell will support firefighters and taxpayers alike.
Theresa Ranciato-Viele, North Haven
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