Democrats turn to Krumeich as new first selectman candidate

After weeks of uncertainty, Greenwich Democrats feel they have their candidate as Beth Krumeich has stepped forward to run for first selectman.

At their annual picnic to launch the campaign on Sunday, the Greenwich Democratic Town Committee (DTC) came in unsure if it would have a candidate at all to challenge three-term Republican incumbent First Selectman Peter Tesei. But, after a mid-event meeting of the party’s executive council, Ms. Krumeich was unanimously endorsed and accepted the nomination.

A former vice chairman of the party as well as past president of the Greenwich League of Women Voters, Ms. Krumeich acknowledged she is off to a late start, but was going to run a campaign based around the issues.

“The people of Greenwich deserve a contested race for first selectman,” Ms. Krumeich said at the picnic as she announced her candidacy. “I think Peter Tesei is a fine man with a wonderful family, but Peter is a member of the status quo for many years and is not likely to raise the issues or make the changes we need to improve our town. We need a forum to raise the important issues for today and tomorrow. How can we make our town better? Too often good ideas have been allowed to languish due to lack of initiative and because it would mean it would have to change the way we do business.”

Ms. Krumeich tied this into the ongoing effort by the Democratic members of the town’s Board of Estimate and Taxation to try and have more long term borrowing to pay for certain capital projects for the town.

Previously Stephanie Paulmeno had taken the nomination for first selectman but ended her campaign after what she called a “vile smear campaign” where she said her position on sex offenders and rape were distorted and taken out of context. Despite ending her campaign, Ms. Paulmeno is still on the ballot and it had seemed, at first, that she would not remove her name.

However, once Ms. Krumeich emerged as a candidate, Ms. Paulmeno on Sunday said she would withdraw and that Ms. Krumeich had her “full support.”

There will be further coverage in the Sept. 12 edition of the Post.

 

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