Election 2019: Democrats choose slate of candidates

By SHERIDAN ROY

STAFF WRITER

The Plainville Democratic Town Committee held its candidate selection meeting on Tuesday, July 23, and introduced a slate of both experienced candidates alongside several newcomers.

For town council, the committee nominated incumbents Rosemary Morante, Christopher Wazorko and Jesse Gnazzo, along with newcomers Jessie Salley and Bill Garrity. Councilors serve two-year terms.

For four-year terms on the board of education, the committee nominated incumbents Foster White, Crystal St. Lawrence, and Rebecca Martinez. For a two-year BOE term, the committee nominated Brent Davenport.

For library trustee, the committee nominated incumbent Kenneth Laska.

For constables, the committee nominated incumbents Kathleen Michalik, Shelley Johnson, Cheryl Castonguay and Joseph Klepacki Jr.

“There was a lot of enthusiasm at our endorsement meeting,” said PDTC chair Rebecca Martinez. “We have both experienced office holders and those stepping up for the first time, so that’s really nice.”

Candidates for elections are nominated and selected by members of the PDTC. At the endorsement meetings, the floor gets opened up for nominations. Then, candidates who are nominated are voted upon by the PDTC members.

“It’s really gratifying to have a slate filled with candidates who are so actively involved in our community,” said Martinez. “I think that’s going to be great for us to share. It speaks to their commitment and dedication to our town.”

Martinez said candidates are “ready to get out there,” and meet and talk to as many voters as possible in the coming months.

When it comes to selecting the right candidates, the PDTC looks for people who are community-focused.

“We definitely want people who are out there, doing what they can for our community, and are actively involved,” said Martinez. “We look for people with a wide range of experience and knowledge, as well, such as in finance or education or the town overall. I really like to see candidates especially that have some good experience but that are also actively involved in our town.”

Martinez said she feels the Democrats have a “strong slate” of candidates.

“Plainville is a really great, small town, and our candidates are people who are community-focused and ready to roll up their sleeves and give back,” Martinez said. “I think our slate can accomplish that for sure.”

According to the 2019 election calendar from the secretary of the state’s office, the town clerk must certify both the Democratic and Republican endorsements by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 24. Primary and nominating petitions must be filed by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 7. If there is a primary, it will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 10.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 5.

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