NORWALK, Conn. — Fred Wilms was set to move forward Tuesday without any Republican candidates for Districts 137 and 140, when some Republican Town Committee members objected. Wilms, RTC Chairman, agreed to hold the meeting in recess to allow members time to come up with candidates by next week’s deadline.
Republicans are seeking candidates for the districts served by State Rep. Chris Perone (D-137) and State Rep. Travis Simms (D-140). Wilms said he’d asked John Flynn, who has twice run for the 140 seat, if he’d run again but Flynn is occupied with his run for U.S. Senate. Ellen Wink ran for 137 two years ago, but she is in prison as she awaits court proceedings after being charged with murder. She did the RTC a “favor” by running two years ago, Wilms said.
Both districts are entirely within Norwalk, so the RTC votes on them rather than a vote being held at a convention.
Wilms called for nominations for both seats, and none were made. He asked if anyone had an objection to a “no candidate” form being submitted to the State, and no one spoke.
But after the second, “I’m going to close this,” from Wilms, a RTC member asked if there was a way to add a candidate later.
The deadline is Tuesday, Wilms said, adding, “We asked many, many people; we’ve asked people if they’d be willing to just put their name on the ballot, you know, and we unfortunately just did not have any takers.”
The Republican Party has not held those two seats in decades, Wilms explained. “Those are tough districts.”
Pressed for options, he asked if anyone would run. The man objecting said, “My wife will divorce me if I run for anything.”
“Do we want that or not, John? I don’t know,” Wilms replied. “Sometimes it’s a good thing. Sometimes it isn’t. I don’t know.”
You can bemoan “the fact that we wish it was different” or you can do something, Wilms said. If anyone wished to run, there was still time.
“I just think there’s so much at stake… A lot of us are disgusted,” the RTC member said. “And that’s … why I’ve come out… We have to do something.”
“I think everyone agrees with that,” Wilms said. “… I’m asking you all of you to either look within or get somebody you know. And if somebody says, look, I’ve got this person or that person for these two seats, then … we can come back from recess.”
Copy edit, 2:42 p.m. Friday.