GOP Town Committee Proposes David Brown for Board of Ed Seat Now Held by Hagerty-Ross; Caucus on May 29

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The Darien Republican Town Committee has proposed David Brown of Revere Road to replace Elizabeth Hagerty-Ross, a former chairperson of the Board of Education and currently it’s vice chairperson, on this November’s ballot.

If the May 29 GOP caucus of party members in town endorses the choice, Brown will be on the ballot this November. Board of Education terms last three years, with three of the nine members up for election each year. Current board member Debra Ritchie, who was chosen to complete the remaining term of Sarah Zuro (who resigned), was also proposed by the RTC as a candidate when the town committee met on May 9.

Democrat Katherine Stein’s term on the Board of Education also ends this November. Under state minority-party representation rules, Democrats (or at least a non-Republican) would get one seat of the three up for election this year and Republicans can elect no more than two.

The only other candidate proposed by the GOP caucus for this November’s ballot is the current Registrar of Voters John Visi, proposed for re-election.

The caucus of all registered Republicans in town is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29, at Darien Town Hall Auditorium, 2 Renshaw Road. Attendees will need to bring photo identification for admission to the caucus. The caucus may either endorse the town committee’s slate of candidates or elect someone else who has petitioned for the endorsement.

Here’s what petition candidates will need in order to be considered by the caucus, according to the legal notice:

No less than five days before the date of the caucus (that is, before 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 24) the candidate will need to submit to the Republican Town Committee chairman Brent Hayes or SecretaryAnn Gail Hult (contact information for each is below) a declaration of candidacy with the signatures of 25 registered Republicans who live in Darien.

The Legal Notice

Here’s the full text of the legal notice:


Notice is hereby given that there will be a caucus of all enrolled Republican Electors of the Town of Darien on Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at 7:00 PM at Darien Town Hall
Auditorium, 2 Renshaw Road, Darien, CT 06820, for the purpose of endorsing
candidates for the following municipal offices: Board of Education (2), and Registrar of Voters (1). Please bring photo identification for admission to the caucus.

The Darien Republican Town Committee voted at its May 9, 2018 meeting to propose
the following candidates for endorsement by the caucus: David Anthony Brown and
Debra McGarry Ritchie for Board of Education, and John J. Visi for Registrar of Voters.

Other candidates for endorsement by the caucus may be nominated by petition by
submitting to the Chairman or the Secretary of the Darien Republican Town Committee not less than five (5) days prior to the date set for the caucus, a declaration of candidacy, which shall include the candidate’s name as it appears on the Town of Darien’s list of registered voters, the title of the office being sought, and the signatures of twenty-five (25) registered Republican electors of Darien.

There shall be no nominations from the floor of the caucus. Candidates may not file
petitions for more than one office. Such petitions must be submitted on or before 7 PM on Thursday, May 24, 2018, to Darien RTC Chair, Brent Hayes, 6 Overbrook Lane, Darien, CT 06820, or to Darien RTC Secretary Ann Gail Hult, 109 Old Kings Highway South, Darien CT 06820.

All questions can be referred to Darien RTC Chair Brent Hayes at

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