Town Democrats’ election process is an open one

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

Last week, you wrote, “For years, races for the Board of Estimate and Taxation have been quiet affairs, but that could be about to change.”

But, in fact, in most municipal election years that I recall, the Greenwich Democrats have had a contest for the BET.

Two years ago, for example, we had nine candidates for the six seats. We also had five excellent candidates for the Board of Education, including two incumbents who were not re-nominated.

Voters need to know that the Democrats’ process for nominating candidates is an open one. There is no secret smoke-filled room. In each municipal election, the Greenwich Democratic Town Committee forms a nominating committee to recruit and screen candidates. That is one of our main reasons for being.

The nominating committee consists of district leaders from each of the 12 districts in town, plus our officers. Each member of the nominating committee is elected by members of the DTC. And every member of the DTC is elected in a bi-annual caucus that is open to every registered Democrat in Greenwich.

The nominating committee urges each candidate to actively campaign by contacting DTC members and making a case for their vote. No effort is made to keep this process quiet.

All of our meetings are open to the public, and we welcome press coverage.

 

Peter Berg
Cos Cob

 

The author is a member of the Greenwich Democratic Town Committee.

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