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Norwalk political notes: Independent developments; Wink makes bond

Screengrab of Jayme Stevenson, Republican candidate for Connecticut’s Fourth Congressional District, speaking to the Independent Party of Connecticut last week.

The 2022 Election is Nov. 8.

NORWALK, Conn. — Some Norwalk political notes for you:

  • Stevenson gains Independent Party endorsement
  • Brinton seeks to create Independent Party political committee
  • Ellen Wink out on bond

Stevenson wins ballot position as independent

Former Darien First Selectman Jayme Stevenson has won Independent Party support in her challenge against U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-Greenwich).

The Independent Party met last week in Bridgeport and gave Stevenson its official nod, after Stevenson described herself as “a moderate Republican, fiscally conservative and socially more liberal,” a news release said.

Himes is seeking a seventh two-year term.

Stevenson won the Republican endorsement in May but was challenged in a primary, which she won in August. She said she’s honored to receive the Independents’ nomination.

“Now, voters in each of the 17 towns in our district, from Bridgeport to Greenwich and Shelton to Ridgefield, will have another choice, an independent choice,” she is quoted as saying. “I have a track record of working collaboratively to create solutions and results that work for our region, this is what Connecticut needs in a congressional leader to address the challenges that we face as a state, and a nation. I will be that voice for the many that are feeling disenfranchised or simply want a government that works for them.”

Former Norwalk Mayoral candidate Lisa Brinton, now a member of the Independent Party State Central Committee, also said she is pleased.

Stevenson will “help amplify election reform issues we care about,” Brinton is quoted as saying. “As a woman, she’s a team player, pragmatic, pro-choice and pro-Connecticut, especially on everyday issues impacting the 4th Congressional District like transportation, mental health and affordability.”

Brinton continued, “I like her.  She asked for our support. She’s committed to common sense reform on a host of issues not party demagoguery and she’ll work twice as hard to make things better. It’s what women do. We need a representative who will support the cities and towns in the district, not another politician pushing national party agendas on cable news.”

 

An Independents for Norwalk town committee?

Lisa Brinton, right, attends a 2020 town hall in Norwalk Community College, with Adolph Neaderland, left.

Brinton said she became an Independent Party State Central Committee member in March.

She founded Independents for Norwalk last year; Town Clerk Rick McQuaid said it was a Political Action Committee (PAC).

The PAC presented a full slate of Board of Education candidates, when the Republican Town Committee offered none, and also a smattering of other candidates, including four in-district Council candidates. Only Andy Meyerson won election, becoming a Sixth Taxing District Commissioner.

On Tuesday, Brinton said in an email:

“Independents for Norwalk was the ‘campaign’ we ran our 15 candidates under.  They were always endorsed candidates by the statewide Independent Party.

“The CT Independent Party is growing, as evidenced by our own slate of statewide candidates on the ballot this year, including, Rob Hotaling for governor.

“In Norwalk, we are in the process of establishing a local town committee for the Independent Party, just like the other two major parties in Norwalk.”

 

She was referring to the Democratic and Republican Town Committees.

Brinton continued:

“Generally speaking, the Independent Party in Connecticut is more socially progressive than Republicans and fiscally conservative than Democrats.

“We want to appeal to unaffiliated/independent voters, who make up more than 40 percent of the electorate, (both in Norwalk and statewide) and moderate voters from the two major parties.  We believe there are a growing number of voters disappointed by the extreme rhetoric and policies plaguing our two party system today.

“More choices means more voices in our electoral process.”

 

Wink makes bond

Then-Norwalk Deputy Republican Registrar Ellen Wink, as shown in her mug shot Jan. 20. (Norwalk Police Department)

Former Republican Deputy Registrar Ellen Wink, charged with murder in the shooting death of her tenant, escaped prison last week when she made bond.

Wink, who ran for State Representative two years ago and was City Clerk under former Mayor Richard Moccia, in January called Norwalk Police to a home she owns at 16 Nelson Ave. and reported that “I am so tired of this guy, he is on the floor,” referring to 54-year-old Kurt Lametta, the deceased tenant. Her gun was empty and in the kitchen, Wink reportedly said. “He was after me,” she yelled.

An examination of Lametta’s body at the scene found he had been shot five times, Det. John Sura reported.

Wink’s bond was originally set at $1 million but Judge Gary White increased it to $2.5 million in February, due to video evidence presented by Norwalk Police. It came from Lametta’s cell phone.

Wink was held in the York Correctional Institution in Niantic. Her attorney, Stephan Seegar, has said “this is generally not the open and shut case that was presented by the prosecutor… There’s a lot more to the story.”

“The bail for the defendant in this case has been posted,” the State said in an email last week.

News12 reports that Wink posted 10% of her $2.5 million bond in cash Friday afternoon following a judge’s ruling Wednesday. She raised the money by selling her property.

Nes12 states, “Wink walked out of the courthouse with a GPS ankle monitor and strict conditions. She can’t leave the house except for legal appointments, medical issues and religious services.”

Wink had been arrested before due to an incident with Lametta. On Sept. 18, she was charged with criminal mischief first degree, larceny fourth degree and criminal lockout.