WESTPORT, Conn. Three of Westport's nine Representative Town Meeting districts will have contested races in the Nov. 8 municipal elections, Town Clerk Patricia Strauss said Tuesday afternoon.
Of the current 36 members on the nonpartisan legislative body known as the RTM, 27 are seeking re-election. By the end of the business day Tuesday, 15 residents submitted signed petitions, which were required to run for the RTM.
"I'm happy. No vacancies will remain with this list of candidates," Strauss said of the 42 candidates. "That means all the seats on the RTM will be filled after the election."
Each district elects four representatives. As such, Districts 2, 3 and 9 will have contested races. The race in District 2 will be the most contested as eight candidates are running three incumbents and five petitioning candidates something Strauss doesn't recall happening in the past seven RTM elections.
Candidates running in District 1 include incumbents Diane Cady and Matthew Mandell as well as newcomers Don Bergmann and Cornelia Olsen.
In District 2, incumbents Sean Timmins, Jay Keenan and Michael Guthman are seeking re-election. Newcomers include Frank Rac, former first selectman Joseph Arcudi, Catherine Calise, Louis Mall and Jennifer Tooker.
District 3 candidates include incumbents William Meyer, RTM moderator Hadley Rose and Amy Ancel. Melissa Kane and Jimmy Izzo are also running.
In District 4, incumbents Jeff Wieser, Jonathan Cunitz and George Underhill are seeking re-election. Newcomer David Floyd is also running.
Incumbents Richard Lowenstein, John Suggs and Paul Rossi are seeking re-election in District 5. New to the ballot is Dewey Loselle.
In District 6, incumbents Cathy Talmadge, Christopher Urist and Paul Lebowitz are running for re-election. Incumbent Joyce Colburn withdrew from the race Aug. 19. Hope Feller is running to fill that seat.
No newcomers are running for election in District 7, but all four incumbents are: Jack Klinge, Allen Bomes, Stephen Rubin and Arthur Ashman.
In District 8, Lee Arthurs will run alongside incumbents Lois Schine, Wendy Batteau and Heather Cherry.
The race for District 9 will include incumbents Velma Heller, Eileen Flug, John McCarthy and newcomers Sal Liccione and Gilbert Nathan.
Although the deadline to run as a petitioning candidate was Tuesday, Strauss said residents interested in running for any office, not just the RTM, can become a write-in candidate. Anyone interested in being a write-in candidate must register with the office of the secretary of the state by Oct. 25 by 4 p.m. To register, call 1-800-540-3764, Ext. 2.
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