NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk Democrats affirmed their top leadership Wednesday while finding new blood for lower positions.
Democratic Town Committee Chairman Ed Camacho sailed to reelection during the DTC meeting in City Hall, with no opponents and reference made to the Democratic landslide last fall. Newcomer Bill Pappa was made vice chair and the pattern continued, as mostly not-your-regular-players filled out the list of DTC officers.
The DTC elected new membership in January, for the 2018-19 session. Wednesday’s meeting was the standard organization session held to elect new officers. None of the positions were contested.
The DTC has “done pretty well” under Camacho’s leadership, taking 14 of 15 Common Council seats and “losing the last seat by a tiny margin,” Democratic Registrar Stuart Wells said, in nominating Camacho.
“We all want to do the same thing for the state so hopefully we can continue what we have been doing,” Wells continued. “Of course, we had some pretty good candidates, which made a difference in all that, too.”
Norwalk Democrats also won every Board of Education seat, in an election that featured some voters complaining about Republican President Donald Trump.
Pappa was the lone Council candidate to fail last November, losing to veteran Republican Doug Hempstead by 13 votes.
Pappa showed “great enthusiasm,” helping other candidates pull together as a team, Board of Education member Barbara Meyer Mitchell said.
Colin Hosten, leader of the Village Creek Homeowner’s Association was elected recording secretary.
“He’s just joined District E and he has shown incredible dedication,” Kay Anderson said.
Common Council member Eloisa Melendez (D-District A) nominated Anderson for corresponding secretary.
Anderson, wife of Board of Education member Bruce Kimmel, has been a DTC stalwart.
“We are at a very important point right now for the Democratic Party,” Melendez said. “A lot of people want to join because of what is happening at the federal level and I think Kay is the perfect person to deal with the outreach, and deal with the new people coming in and the people we have here, given but also her experience with the party but also her energy and her dedication to her party.”
Anderson nominated Pat Marshock for treasurer, describing her as a Norwalk High School math teacher in the 1980s, who started the school’s first Advanced Placement computer class, a retiree with experience with HR and payroll.
Galen Wells, who served as DTC vice chair for the past two years, nominated Stephanie Thomas to be assistant treasurer.
Thomas “founded Stetwin Consulting to provide fundraising and events expertise to the non-profit community,” according to her website.
Wells said, “I think Stephanie would be a fabulous assistant treasurer and maybe Stephanie and Pat could work collaboratively, each of them with different skill sets.”