NORWALK, Conn. – There will be another race on the ballot in Norwalk this fall.
Attorney Darnell Crosland, who is also the president of the Norwalk NAACP chapter, has been nominated by Democrats in the Norwalk Probate District, which comprises Norwalk and Wilton, to run for probate judge against longtime Republican judge Anthony DePanfilis.
DePanfilis was nominated for re-election recently by the Norwalk and Wilton town GOP committees. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Fairfield University in 1971 and his law degree from Georgetown University in 1974. He also is the founder and senior partner of DePanfilis & Vallerie, a Norwalk-based law firm.
The lifelong Norwalker has served as probate judge since 1997. His current term expires Jan. 4.
Crosland was the lone Democratic nominee.
Norwalk DTC Chairman Edwin Camacho, also an attorney, praised DePanfilis, but indicated that it may be time for a change.
“I have nothing but respect for how Judge DePanfilis handles his position and job as a judge,” Camacho said. “But the Democratic Committee has not had a nominee in years. Attorney Crosland expressed an interest and the party has endorsed his candidacy. … I think he can do a good job as well.”
Crosland is a criminal attorney whose practice is based in Stamford. He did not immediately respond to a Wednesday evening request for background information.