MERIDEN — Republicans, after missing the first deadline earlier this month for certifying the endorsements of the party’s town committee members, did not miss the next deadline.
Party leaders needed to petition for the endorsements’ certification by gathering the signatures of at least 247 active registered Republicans and returning the petition to the Registrar of Voters’ office before 4 p.m. on Wednesday.
City Clerk Denise Grandy told the Record-Journal that election officials received the petition with all the required signatures a day ahead of the deadline.
Republicans gathered 312 signatures — considerably more than the number required, Grandy said. The signatures were verified by the Registrar of Voters through the Connecticut Voter Registry System, Grandy explained.
The Republican Town Committee had failed to deliver its list of endorsed committee members to Grandy’s office by Jan. 12, the state-determined deadline for certification.
So party leaders had two weeks to gather enough signatures from active registered Republicans. The signatures were gathered during drive-through events held on Jan. 19. The effort was led by Elain Cariati, who was the Republican Party endorsed candidate in last November’s mayoral race
Republicans returned one petition endorsing 40 committee members, avoiding a primary to elect town committee members.
“It was unfortunate that we had to take that path,” said Republican City Councilor Dan Brunet, who is a member of the town committee’s executive board and a former chairman. “Elain Cariati drove that effort, getting the signatures we needed.”
Both the Republican and Democratic town committees will need to determine their executive board memberships in March, along with selecting delegates for the state party conventions.