Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3. Darien town government issued information about what you need to know in order to vote this year, including COVID-19 guidelines, absentee ballot drop-off rules and polling locations and times. From the announcement:
If you have not done so already, we hope that you will make every effort to cast your vote. The Town of Darien is prepared for Election Day, and will be providing safe in-person voting for those who have not already voted by absentee ballot.
The Darien League of Women Voters compiled this 2020 Voters’ Guide by questioning candidates for local, state and federal offices and compiling their answers. The election takes place on Tuesday, Nov. 3. Responses were limited to a specific word count and are published exactly as submitted by the candidates, the League said. The order of offices on the Voters’ Guide is the same as on the ballot.
As the Nov. 3 election draws closer, there is still time to register as a write-in candidate for one of the ten empty positions for the Darien Representative Town Meeting. — an announcement from the Darien Representative Town Meeting
Here are where the vacancies are, by district:
If you are uncertain which district you live in you can find that information by entering your name and street address on this website. “Joining the RTM is a great way to get involved in running your Town,” says RTM Moderator Seth Morton. “The RTM has 100 members and acts as the legislative body for Darien, reviewing and voting on spending plans and monitoring the operation of town government.
Many of you know me for my decades working in the Darien schools. Schools are strongest when everyone works together. As a current Board member, Mike Burke provides historic board and parental perspectives. Darien needs Mike for his continued steady and wise council. As a parent, former president of the CDSP and Chair of the Holmes School PTO, Sara Parent has been actively engaged in the Board of Education for years.
For the first time since 2014, we have a contested Board of Education race and the opportunity to choose the best people for the job. We must pay close attention to our town’s education system and vote to elect the right people to lead our schools. We are lucky to have a choice in candidates for Darien’s Board of Education. I am supporting Mike Burke and Sara Parent. Mike is a lawyer who has served on the Board for the past six years.
Until the COVID-19 pandemic has ended, Darien’s school system will face unprecedented challenges. Teachers, administrators and Board of Education members will not only need to immerse themselves in cutting-edge education techniques, but they will need to develop expertise in public health. Mike Burke and Sara Parent are the obvious choices in November to master those dual tasks. Mike’s years of being the “policy wonk” on the Board give him the breadth of experience needed to provide thought leadership on these critical issues. Sara’s graduate degree in teaching and experience as both a teacher and active Darien school parent will allow her to lead board discussions from a perspective steeped in practical experience.
The Democratic Town Committee announced Thursday that Michael Burke and Sara Parent have been nominated as candidates for Darien’s Board of Education. — an announcement from the Darien Democratic Town Committee
“Michael brings a wealth of experience and a steady hand, and Sara brings her experience as a highly involved parent and a former educator to the Board of Education,” DTC Chair David Bayne said. “At a time when the COVID-19 crisis is testing the very foundations of how education is being delivered to our children, Michael and Sara represent the kind of thoughtful and innovative leadership that is precisely what Darien needs in order to continue providing unsurpassed educational opportunities to all of our children,” Bayne said. “Together they represent the best that Darien has to offer and our town is particularly fortunate that they have chosen to run for the Board of Education during this unprecedented time.” Michael Burke is seeking his third term on the Board of Education and Sara Parent her first.