WDTC Spring Breakfast 2018! April 28th 9-11am Trackside

Please join us for our annual Spring Breakfast, set for April 28th at Trackside in Wilton. This year we’ll be honoring Democrats of the Year Deborah McFadden and Paul Burnham, outstanding contributors to both the Democratic party and to Wilton itself.

We’ll also be hearing from Jeremy Stein of Connecticut Against Gun Violence, who will speak at the critical moment about how the fight for better gun control is progressing in Connecticut and nationwide.

Please join us! Tickets are available here. Tickets are $35 online before April 21st, then $40 online or at the door. Children 6-18 are $5, children under 6 are free!

Selectwoman Deborah McFadden

In a myriad of volunteer, elected and appointed positions—the latest being her election in November to the Board of Selectmen—McFadden has been deeply involved in Wilton community affairs. After moving here two decades ago, she served several terms as Town Constable and was appointed to the BOS for an interim term in 2015. She has held board positions at the Norwalk River Valley Trail, the Wilton Security Council and Trackside Teen Center. Prior to moving to Wilton, she served as an executive in the Mayor’s Office of Salt Lake City, Utah. She is a former member of the Electoral College, and for two years prior to her recent election, was chair of the DTC. She is a passionate advocate of bipartisan cooperation in managing the town’s opportunities and challenges.

Attorney Paul Burnham

Burnham, a trust and estate attorney with Gregory and Adams in Wilton is a longtime leader of the DTC, mostly recently as chair of its Nominating Committee. He was a candidate for the Connecticut State Legislature in 2004. Over the past 25 years he has been been a fixture in Wilton town governance, serving on the Board of Finance (1993-2001), the town Charter Revision Commission (2008-2009) and the town Retirement Plan Investment Committee (1993 to present). He is past president of the Wilton Rotary Club and has been general counsel for the Wilton Congregational Church since 2007.

“Both Paul and Deb were chosen because of their long and devoted record of public service to Wilton and to the Wilton Democratic party,” said John Kalamarides, who headed the awards committee. “Each has served in elected office, appointed positions, and in a number of party roles to insure that local and state functions work well. Each has given many hours of volunteer service to non-profit charitable organizations as officers and leaders. They are truly outstanding individuals and Democrats who give of themselves for the betterment of the community and all its residents.”

Jeremy Stein, CT Against Gun Violence

Jeremy Stein, the executive director of CT Against Gun Violence, will speak on “CAGV: 25 Years of Gun Violence Prevention.” Stein, for 23 years a litigator, was a prosecutor with the Attorney General’s Office for the District of Columbia, where he worked on gun prosecutions with many different police agencies including the ATF, FBI, Secret Service and Metropolitan Police Department. He served as a Public Defender in Baltimore. Most recently he was the managing partner of a litigation defense firm. The mission of CAGV is “to reduce gun violence in CT,” and to identify solutions, promote education and grass roots development in furtherance of the gun violence prevention movement.

“This breakfast is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate two outstanding Wiltonians,” said Tom Dubin, Chair of the Wilton DTC. “We look forward to recognizing Deb and Paul‘s longstanding and broad service to our community, as well as hearing form Jeremy Stein, a leading voice on efforts to design and pass local and national legislation to enhance gun safety. All are welcome.”

Bob Carney