Republican Registrar Doyle Lyons qualifies for Aug. 12 primary

Republican Registrar Karen Doyle Lyons beams Tuesday after announcing that she had gotten the signatures she needed to attempt, again, to be the Republican endorsed candidate for registrar.
Republican Registrar Karen Doyle Lyons beams Tuesday after announcing that she had gotten the signatures she needed to attempt, again, to be the Republican endorsed candidate for registrar.

NORWALK, Conn. – Republican Registrar Karen Doyle Lyons has gotten more than enough signatures to force an Aug. 12 primary, she said Tuesday.

Doyle Lyons, who has been registrar for 13½ years, lost the Republican endorsement at the recent Republican Town Committee meeting to John Federici. Lyons said she has 575 signatures, 152 more than required to make it onto the ballot.

The deadline to turn in signatures was 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Doyle Lyons is emphasizing her experience and record of “smooth and trouble-free elections” but the insider RTC baseball turned ugly before the May 22 RTC vote, with RTC District C Chairwoman Carol Andreoli accusing Doyle Lyons of personal grudges, character assassination and vendettas in a letter sent to committee members. Doyle Lyons said Tuesday that she didn’t know what Andreoli might be referring to.

“There’s no vendettas,” Doyle Lyons said. “I think they’re going back to history when there was someone else across the hall. I don’t know how many years they’re going back, but Stuart and I work very closely together. We have quite a cohesive office, so I don’t know what she is talking about.”

RTC Chairman Pete Torrano declined on May 22 to say what the vote total had been in the election between Doyle Lyons and Federici. Federici won by four votes, according to a statement from The Friends of Karen Doyle Lyons, which Doyle Lyons said is her registered campaign committee.

Torrano and former RTC Chairman Art Scialabba said Doyle Lyons has not been providing accurate information to Republican candidates. Doyle Lyons said Tuesday that she could document sending voter information to Scialabba 22 times in one year.

Doyle Lyons has said that Torrano told her she spent too much time working with veterans. Torrano said her allegation that he told her not to work with veterans is absurd, given that he served two years in Vietnam in the 298th Medical Company, evacuating wounded soldiers via helicopter.

“There’s a lot of false claims and you just have to ignore them,” Doyle Lyons said Tuesday. “The Memorial Day parade is not a ‘Karen’s parade’ it’s a city parade. I’ve had permission from four mayors to assist the Veterans Memorial Committee in their endeavors for the city.”

According to her press release, prior to becoming registrar, Doyle Lyons served two terms on the Common Council, two terms as a First Taxing District commissioner, five years as the special assistant to the U.S. Senate and as a clerk in the Connecticut State Legislature on the Human Rights and Opportunity Committee. She also is “one of the most senior trainers in the state of polling place moderators as well as chief election official for the office of the Secretary of State,” according to her statement.

“It’s a campaign only on my qualifications. I’ll just have to ignore the rest of the politics. There’s no politics in this office. This office is non-partisan.”

Democratic Registrar Stuart Wells backed her up on that one.

“It’s run that way, yes,” he said. “You don’t have to be non-partisan but you have to run it non-partisan. I’m sure she thinks I have some very strange political views. I certainly think she does but we get along fine.”


9 responses to “Republican Registrar Doyle Lyons qualifies for Aug. 12 primary”

  1. Cathy

    We, Norwalker’s, dems,indies and most reps, we all love you Karen, remember that, always. Didn’t/ doesn’t matter what affiliation one aligns with, Karen always has given her 110% to help all voters and has proven herself a rue Norwalk golden asset. Wonder what the bookies are giving on the party endorsed challenger? 20-1 perhaps. Karen, you have our support so enjoy your campaign and have some fun.

  2. Norewalk Lifer

    Congratulations Mrs. Lyons!, you will certainly show those who are not as qualified nor as professional as you, what those words mean.

    I am glad that those who “vote” actually had a chance to voice their opinion, instead of a handful of people who gathered at the Norwalk Motor Inn.

    Norwalk Lifer

  3. John Hamlin

    This will be an interesting primary — Republicans generally follow the lead of their establishment.

  4. Casey Smith

    Whose the happy camper in the green shirt in the photo?

  5. Oldtimer

    The “happy camper” is Danny Lyons, Karen’s husband. He probably did not know he was being included in the picture. He is usually a pretty cheerful guy, but he is clearly annoyed that the RTC did not endorse Karen, and it shows.

  6. Bob D

    Karen has chosen to make this all about her and how others are “coming after her”. Really, the proof is all around. There is no effort to register new Republicans on her part and more than one real estate sign with her name on it. The registrar’s office is not meant to be a pay off, it is meant to be the party’s focal point.

    Running good elections is the bare minimum for that spot, and to not do that would be a crime.

    This is not a retirement plan for Karen. She should retire with dignity, the party has spoken.

  7. Norewalk Lifer

    No Bob D, we the people of Norwalk like Karen, and that nonsense about registering more Republicans? take a look at the party and draw your own conclusions.

    Norwalk Lifer

  8. EastNorwalkChick

    With all due respect Bob D, as Registrar she cannot coerce people to register for one particular party over another, that would be illegal, she is required by law to be neutral. It is the Norwalk Republican Town Committees responsibility to convince people to register Republican, not the Registrars.
    Also having worked with Karen during a number elections, I highly doubt that she did not provide accurate lists. She’s as anal as they come with the voter registration lists, we all should be glad that she and Stuart are in that office.

  9. Just saying

    Bob d 57 RTC members does not make the Republican Party. Karen lost by 4 votes and will now go to a primary where “the party” will decide.

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