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Easton Republicans Seek Nominations

EASTON, Conn. – Thomas Herrmann and C. Lee Hanson will both seek the nomination to run for Easton’s first selectman seat at the Republican Party Caucus at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Easton Community Center.

Herrmann, Easton’s current first selectman, said being selectman is “a culmination of my love of the town and desire to serve it.” An Easton resident since 1982, Herrmann has been involved in public service since ’86, he said. “We have made great progress in the past four years during difficult economic times. I look forward to continuing to serve for the betterment of the community.”

Hanson said he would be a good fit as first selectman because “I love this town and its people.”

“With the depth of my experience, in industry and the town, I can hit the ground running. No training time for the first selectman. I know the problems and the solutions. And I know the people,” Hanson said in an email to The Daily Easton.

Hanson said many residents have asked him to run for first selectman. “At first, it was town employees who asked because of Tom’s insistence that he knows their work better than they do and his attempts of controlling every activity. Then, other people reached out, people who are upset at the lack of information on the South Park project, and have anger over the first selectman’s interference with the legal duties of the Police Commission in relation to the chief’s service with our town,” said Hanson.

Herrmann cited as among his successes the responsible budgets town department heads took to the Board of Finance. He also cited the restoration of educational services such as choral music and foreign languages.

As a first selectman, Herrmann said he wants to continue to preserve zoning regulations and protect the watershed. “We need to change the way we do business in order to do things efficiently and control spending,” said Herrmann.

The Republican Town Committee recommended the following candidates for the caucus Tuesday:

First Selectman

Thomas A. Herrmann

Board of Selectmen

Scott S. Centrella

Town Clerk

W. Derek Buckley


John F. Campbell

Tax Collector

Patrice Hildenbrand

Board of Education

Jeffrey Parker

Board of Finance

Frederick Knopf

C. Lee Hanson

Region 9 Board of Education (Joel Barlow High School)

John Vance Hancock

Carolyn Colangelo

Todd Johnston (two-year unexpired term)

Library Board

Todd R. Pajonas

Zoning Board of Appeals

John Harris

Board of Assessment Appeals

Lori Mezes

Dennis Kokenos (two-year unexpired term)


George Beno

Jack L. Johnston

Gary Stevens

Joseph Silhavy

Also, complaints were filed against the Republican Town Committee after it used party funds to send a letter dated July 20 that endorsed Herrmann, according to Beverlee Dacey, an Easton resident. Party rules restrict use of town committee party funds and endorsements until after the primary, she said in an email to The Daily Easton. This is in violation of the Connecticut Central Committee Rules and Bylaws, she said. Complaints were filed with the Connecticut Republican Party Central and the State Elections Commission.

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