Wilton Democratic Town Committee
P.O. Box 103
Wilton, CT 06897
For Immediate Release
The Wilton Democratic Town Committee’s annual Fall BBQ Fundraiser last Saturday at Merwin Meadows drew the highest attendance in years, despite the touch-and-go weather conditions and the fact that the 2009 elections will feature municipal races but no state or national contests.
DTC members, led by chairman John Kalamarides, were there to greet those on hand, including scores of local Democrats, many leading elected officials and local candidates and office-holders. “We’re here to celebrate our important recent victories,” said Kalamarides, “and also to look to the future, building on the tradition of progress Wilton Democrats help bring to our community.”
Statewide elected officials attending included Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz and State Comptroller Nancy Wyman. They were joined by Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy, State Rep. Jamie Spallone (D-Essex), former Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Ned Lamont and former State Senate majority leader George Jepsen.
The featured speakers were State Representative Peggy Reeves (D-Wilton) and U.S. Representative Jim Himes (D-CT-4) both of whom won important victories in the 2008 elections. Rep. Reeves shared stories of her first year in the legislature – including humorous ones featuring penguins at the Maritime Center and dead bats under a legislator’s chair in Hartford – but mostly she said how proud she was of working to achieve significant reform of the estate tax in the new budget, increasing the exemption threshold for estates from $2 million to $3.5 million, and eliminating completely the so-called estate tax “cliff”. “It’s gone – the estate tax cliff is gone – and I think that’s great for Fairfield County”, Reeves said.
Congressman Himes received standing ovations when he began and when he concluded his remarks, and thanked all those who worked to elect him and Rep. Reeves. “These are challenging times,” Rep. Himes said, “and I want you to know that we are working hard to put America back on a track to recovery, with good employment, health care and smart financial policies.”
Having helped elect these two exceptional public servants, Wilton Democrats look forward to helping them continue to successfully address the problems and issues effecting all Wiltonians.
With the municipal focus of the upcoming 2009 election, a deep slate of Wilton Democrats are campaigning for voters’ support. On hand to talk with Wilton neighbors were Selectmen Richard Creeth and Ted Hoffstatter, as well as Board of Education chairperson Karen Birck and Board member Barbara Myers.
But the featured local municipal speakers were current Board of Finance member Andy Pforzheimer and Finance candidate Chris Stroup, both long-time Wilton residents, who shared the podium and spoke on one another’s behalf as not only fiscally responsible, experienced executives but also as engaged citizens and dedicated parents of Wilton public school children, seeking to preserve the best the Town has to offer all Wiltonians.