Democrats back Tetreau, Marmion to lead ticket
Published 7:04 am, Friday, July 24, 2015
There was no drama at the Democratic Town Committee meeting Thursday as First Selectman Michael Tetreau and Selectman Sheila Marmion were unanimously endorsed to lead the party’s ticket in the November election.
No other names were entered for the top spots, and there were no contests for any of the other Nov. 3 ballot positions. The nominating convention was held open until Monday to allow party leaders time to find candidates in Representative Town Meeting in Districts 1 and 10.
Earlier in the week, the Republican Town Committee endorsed RTM members Chris Tymniak for first selectman and Laurie McArdle as his running mate. Incumbent Selectman Kevin Kiley, who lost his nomination bid to McArdle at the caucus Tuesday, has not announced whether or not he would try to qualify for a primary.
In his acceptance speech, Tetreau recounted a story about 70 local homeowners who sought hazard mitigation grants to elevate their shoreline homes following Superstorm Sandy. The Federal Emergency Managment Agency grant money was administered by the state, and a commission decided to devote all the money to public infrastructure projects instead.
“I called the governor and said, ‘You can’t do this,’ ” Tetreau said, which he said then led to a meeting with shoreline mayors and first selectmen. That led to a change in the state’s decision, allowing homeowners to receive grant money for their flood-prevention projects.
The following candidates were endorsed by the Democratic Town Committee:
First Selectman: Michael Tetreau
Selectman: Sheila Marmion
Town Clerk: no candidate
Board of Finance, two-year term: John Mitola
Board of Finance, six-year term: Kevin Hoffkins, Kevin Lennon
Board of Education: Phil Dwyer, Zhanna Funaro, Jessica Gerber, Matthew Hutzelmann, Jennifer Maxon-Kennelly
Board of Assessment Appeals: Barbara Herman
Zoning Board of Appeals, four-year term: Duncan Keith
Town Plan and Zoning Commission, four-year term: Mark Corcoran, Chris Macalese
Town Plan and Zoning Commission, two-year term: Walter Dunne
Town Plan and Zoning Commission, two-year alternate: Jeffrey Ng
Constable: Ruth Smey, Charlene Lebo, Kevin Flynn, Gene Short
“This is what I like to do,” Tetreau said. “That’s the kind of problem solving I like to do. That’s what leadership is about.”
Finishing up his first four-year term as the town’s chief executive, Tetreau said, “I’ve absolutely enjoyed every day on this job.”
Lesser said Tetreau has proved to be responsive to the residents of Fairfield, and “It’s that trait that makes a leader great.
Marmion joked that she finds being on the Board of Selectmen “relaxing” compared to her time on the RTM, with a better flow of dialogue between the board and department heads. She was appointed to the seat earlier this year, filling the post held by fellow Democrat Cristin McCarthy-Vahey, who was elected to the state House of Representatives.
“I’m thrilled to be part of this team,” Marmion said, adding she’s already been campaigning door to door and has received positive feedback. Residents, she said, are pleased “with all Mike has achieved the last four years.”
Marmion was nominated by Zezima and another RTM member, Julie Gottlieb.