Candidates Forum with League of Women Voters, Wilton Library Association, GOOD Morning Wilton
The Wilton League of Women Voters, the Wilton Library Association, and GOOD Morning Wilton will co-sponsor two events for voters to meet candidates for Planning & Zoning Commission, Board of Selectmen, and Board of Education—the three contested offices in the November municipal election. Both evening events—October 18 for Planning & Zoning and October 19 for Boards of Selectmen and Education—will follow a modified town hall format moderated by an out-of-town League moderator who will present questions submitted by the public to all candidates. Both events will begin at 7 pm in the Wilton Library Brubeck Room.
According to LWV Voter Service Chair Karen Birck, Wilton Library Executive Director Elaine Tai-Lauria, and GOOD Morning Wilton Editor Heather Borden Herve, this is an opportunity for voters to meet the candidates who will be making critical town decisions in upcoming years.
The format allows all candidates equal time to introduce themselves, answer all questions posed by the moderator, and highlight their goals for serving the community. Both events will be recorded for re-broadcast on Wilton’s Government Access Channel 79, the Wilton Library Association website, and GOODMorningWilton.com . Registration is suggested by visiting www.wiltonlibrary.org and clicking on “Events” or by calling the library’s Circulation Desk at 203-762-6334. Pre-registrants should arrive by 6:50 p.m. to be guaranteed seating; wait-listed and walk-in registrants will be admitted after 6:50 p.m. if space is available.
Email submission of questions for the candidates:
From now until midnight October 15th, the sponsors are soliciting questions online from Wilton residents. If you cannot attend a forum, this is your chance to submit your question. What do you want to know from the candidates?
- Anonymous emails will not be accepted. The sender must sign his or her name.
- The name of the board/commission to which the question is addressed should be noted in the subject line.
- Only one question can be submitted per email.
- All questions should be applicable to all candidates. Questions targeted at one specific candidate–for example, “Candidate Jane Doe, why did you vote for/against xyz?”–will not be accepted.
The questions received online will be printed, combined with the handwritten questions received the night of the event, and screened for duplications and applicability to all candidates by two League of Women Voters members at the back of the Library’s Brubeck Room While there is no guarantee that every question can be asked and answered in the allotted time, the moderators will try to make sure that all the different topics and issues raised in the questions are addressed by the candidates.
The Wilton League of Women Voters will host Carol Reimers, newly elected president of the League of Women Voters of Connecticut, at its 2017 Opening Lunch Meeting on September 27, 2017 at Comstock Community Center at 11:30 am. All League members, friends, and the public are invited.
Ms. Reimers will discuss the Connecticut League's advocacy efforts and priorities, including Connecticut’s Citizens Election Program to limit big money in state politics, the National Popular Vote Compact, and protection for noncriminal immigrants.
Ms. Reimers is a former Wilton resident and former member of the Wilton Board of Education and the Board of Trustees of the Wilton Montessori School and is currently chairman of the Killingworth Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission. She has served in a variety of leadership roles including LWVUS Membership Director, LWV Massachusetts VP and Financial Manager, and LWVCT Vice President.
The program includes a brief business meeting, followed by the speaker and a light lunch. Cost is $20 with advance reservations requested. See this flyer for more information and contact information for RSVPs.
On Thursday May 25th, Karen Birck presented this year’s Wilton League of Women Voter’s Edna M. Jones book award to Eva Greco, a Wilton High School junior who has demonstrated an interest in government. The award is given in memory of Edna M Jones (1907-1993) who was an extremely active member of the Wilton League of Women Voters during the 1950’s and 1960’s. For the League, Edna was on the State Study Committee for International Trade. An advocate for women’s rights and those of the elderly, Mrs. Jones was educated at the Horace Mann School for Girls and Swarthmore College. Edna was a member of the Progressive Party in 1948 and campaigned for Henry A. Wallace who lived in South Salem. She also was supportive of Planned Parenthood and Dr. Herbert Traut and his newly developed PAP test. Edna went on to do course work on employment counseling and went to work for the State Employment Service in Bridgeport at Father Panik Village. Mrs. Jones promoted school concerts through the PTA. Her fifty years of community involvement included advocacy for moderate income housing in Wilton.
The book presented this year was Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World by Linda Hirshman.