Cheshire town committees hold caucuses for November ballot Tuesday

Cheshire town committees hold caucuses for November ballot Tuesday

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CHESHIRE — The Democratic and Republican town committees will hold nominating caucuses Tuesday to determine candidates for November’s ballot.

All nine Town Council seats are up for grabs along with four Board of Education seats, three Planning & Zoning Commission seats, three Zoning Board of Appeals seats, two Board of Assessment seats and four constable positions.

Democratic Town Committee Chairwoman Judy Villa said the group will convene its caucus at 7:30 p.m. at the Cheshire Senior Center, 240 Maple Ave.

The Republican Town Committee will hold its caucus at 7:45 p.m. at Town Hall, 84 Main St., said RTC Chairman Guy Darter.  

The council seats to be decided in November include five “at-large” seats and four district seats. All will be elected to two-year terms, which begin Dec. 2.

Villa said with just a few party incumbents interested in re-election, the town committee leadership has been recruiting since January. 

“We’ve been saying ‘think about it, go to meetings, get a flavor for what the meetings are like,’” Villa said. 

On the Republican side, most incumbents are seeking re-election, Darter said. Republicans are hoping to shift the Democratic advantage on the Board of Education. In 2015, Democrats took all four open seats. Republicans currently have a 6-3 advantage on the Town Council.

The committees have to file endorsements in Town Hall by 4 p.m., on Wednesday, said Town Clerk Laura Brennan.

Sam Rosenberg, a political newcomer, was filling out election paperwork in Town Hall Thursday afternoon. Rosenberg, a Cheshire resident and an administrator in the Stratford public school system, is seeking the Democratic nomination for the Board of Education. 

Rosenberg said she is running for the school board partly because she doesn’t think there are enough candidates who have experience in pre-K through high school education. One board member, she said, does have experience in higher education. 

 “I’d like to see our town kind of move forward, toward the 21st century,” Rosenberg said, explaining her own background is in science, technology, engineering and math — a grouping of subjects commonly referred to as STEM. “Our children do great. But they can do even better… I’m excited. We have a lot of potential with our children.”