Stevenson running for Congress; Wood, Duff and Dathan also file campaign paperwork

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The 2022 Election is Nov. 8.

NORWALK, Conn. — A local electoral roundup:

  • Darien’s Stevenson seeks to take on Himes
  • Darien Rep. Wood looks to be Secretary of State
  • Duff officially running for reelection
  • Dathan files reelection papers


Stevenson seeks Republican endorsement for U.S. Rep.

Jayme Stevenson. (Contributed)

Former Darien First Selectman Jayme Stevenson announced Monday that she’s running to represent Connecticut’s fourth Congressional District.

“Watching escalating international tensions come to a head with the continuing Russian invasion of Ukraine has been a startling reminder of how precious and fragile our own democratic republic is. Jayme stands in solidarity with the Ukrainian people and hopes for a swift end to the chaos abroad,” the news release said.

Stevenson, a Republican, was Darien’s First Selectman for a decade, before choosing not to run for reelection last year.

“Global tensions exacerbate growing domestic crises making today’s America unrecognizable to me. Skyrocketing food and gas prices, rising crime, mental health and education are all weighing on the hearts and minds of American families. Through all this, there is misplaced focus on extremism and click-bait headlines more than on coming together to find solutions to the serious problems we face. I know you share these same concerns. There is an alternative to the political insanity,” Stevenson is quoted as saying. “I have managed to bring people together in Darien, throughout the region and across the state over my 12 years of public service and to successfully lead through a global pandemic. Managing a local government, I worked to keep residents safe and to ensure a sustainable cost of living through responsible budgeting. I’m running for Congress to bring that same success as your experienced, steady voice in Washington.”

Stevenson has one competitor for the Republican endorsement at this point. Dr. Michael T. Goldstein announced in mid-February and, on his Facebook page, calls himself a “Physician Turned Attorney Turned Connecticut Congressional Candidate.”

“I am running to reform healthcare and the wrongs  that  I have experienced first hand as a physician which have plagued our country,” the Greenwich resident states on his campaign website.

A primary would be in August. The victor will seek to unseat U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-Greenwich), who has held the post since Jan. 3, 2009.

“As I listen to our community members, I hear concerns over the rising cost of food, gas and healthcare, the deterioration of public safety and mental health as well as the crises in our public schools. People are longing for less government; one that works to protect our safety and freedom,” Stevenson is quoted as saying.

Stevenson ran unsuccessfully for the Republican Lt. Governor endorsement in 2018. She’s a former Standard and Poor’s bond analyst who’s been married for 35 years, mother to five and grandmother of two.

“From humble Pennsylvania roots, Jayme considers herself blessed to have had the benefit of a good public school education and a work ethic to make the most of whatever is in front of her. Many members of her family served in the military and she grew up with strong values and a proud identity as an American,” the news release said.

“Elections are about embracing the status quo or using your voice to create positive change. I am ready to connect, communicate and find better solutions for southwestern Connecticut,” Stevenson is quoted as saying. “I am running for Congress to bring principled, bridge-building leadership to Washington and to inspire healthier discussions that garner better results for Connecticut.”


Wood for Secretary of State

State Rep. Terri Wood (R-141). (Courtesy photo)

State Rep. Terri Wood (R-141) is seeking the Republican endorsement for Secretary of State. She joins a busy field of hopefuls, with two competitors for the Republican candidacy along with two Democrats, a Libertarian and an Independent seeking the post.

Wood announced this in mid-February with a letter to supporters:

“After seven terms serving as state representative for Norwalk and Darien, I’m deeply enthused to be shifting my energy and focus to a state-wide race for Secretary of the State.

“Serving as a state representative for Norwalk and Darien over the last thirteen years has been an extraordinary experience. To have been able to participate in our legislative process and engage in a multitude of key issues has been deeply rewarding. I’m proud of my legislative accomplishments and grateful for the trust placed in me by my constituents year after year.

“Why Secretary of the State…

“Representing Norwalk and Darien with common sense and pragmatism while demonstrating a bottom up approach to government reflective of the voices of the people — I’ve shown integrity and work best when I’m bringing good people together to solve complex issues.

“My broad experience in the local business, non-profit and community advocacy sectors combined with legislative experience on how government works and what accountable, transparent and bipartisan leadership looks like, I’m uniquely poised for the responsibilities of the Secretary of the State.

“Priorities as your Secretary of the State…

“Ensure confidence, integrity and security in our elections.

“Empower all citizens eligible to vote, to vote!

“Modernize election systems with respect to best practices.

“Simplify business filing procedures and fees. Set the stage for a more business friendly state.

“Communicate clearly and consistently all key elections and business processess. Collaborate closely with town clerks and town registrars of voters.

“My commitment is to provide good governance for all Connecticut residents — listening, learning and working collaboratively across the aisle. I’m always interested in your thoughts.”


Wood filed with the State in mid-January.


Thomas gives update

State Rep. Stephanie Thomas (D-143) is one of the two Democrats seeking their party’s endorsement for Secretary of State.

“I think it’s been a long time probably since anyone from Norwalk has run for statewide office,” Thomas said Feb. 21 to the DTC. “I know I wasn’t 100% sure what to expect. But I do this: I talk in front of a lot of DTCs. On the average night I probably go to – luckily it’s virtual – probably go to four or five DTC meetings…but also do my legislative job and my other jobs, since the legislature’s part time.”

She said, “I think my message of making government more accessible and focusing on civic education, civic engagement, transparency in government is something that is resonating with a lot of people.”

State Rep. Hilda Santiago (D-84) is also seeking the endorsement. A primary would be in August.


Duff, Dathan

State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-25) is running for reelection. His candidacy paperwork was filed Jan. 19.

Duff recently told Democratic Town Committee members that he needs to both raise $17,300 and get 300 contributions from the district. He’s raised the $17,300 and was looking for $5 donations to meet the 300 total contributors.

Duff has been in the State Senate since 2005.

State Rep. Lucy Dathan (D-142) has also filed papers to run for reelection.

The New Canaan resident first won election in 2018, unseating former Norwalk Board of Estimate and Taxation Chairman Fred Wilms, then defeating him again in 2020.


7 responses to “Stevenson running for Congress; Wood, Duff and Dathan also file campaign paperwork”

  1. Piberman

    Hopefully there will be opportunities to read and discuss the “platforms” of those seeking “public service.” In our internet age and with Big Monies pushing agendas we need our local newspapers to engage candidates on issues.

  2. Mack

    Term limits!

  3. John O’Neill

    Every time I think about Bob Duff I can’t get that casual cross-legged relaxed posture out of my mind from the video at police HQ when he lied about NPD spitting at him. I think whoever runs against him would do well to use that relaxed photo and ask why he lied about NPD..AT the height of racial tensions in 2020.. Pathetic then and Pathetic now.
    Which reminds me, National Spitting Day is fast approaching. Mark your calendar for July 24th.

  4. Jeff

    @MArk – Lol, I just picked myself off the floor! While I agree with you 100%, you’re implying the very people who need to change the laws would do this knowing they’d be accelerating their own departure. Write a letter to Duff and Rilling and let me know how it goes.

  5. Jeff

    Along those lines, can we implement that donations can only come from Norwalk residents. How in the world are we allowing donations coming from out of town?! This smacks of favoritism and “pay to play”, I would think this should be illegal.

  6. Nora King

    We need term limits. Since 2005. No change, no new blood, same old same old. That is 18 years with the same person. Why don’t we have term limits in the US? In CT?

  7. Piberman

    From time immemorial donations in our local campaigns have always had an “outside presence”. Local Unions and their “brothers and sisters in arms” elsewhere traditionally contribute. As do our local attorneys, businesses and those who do business with the City. Retirees in Florida have been known to contribute. Even families of those who benefit from City activities.

    What has changed is the amounts collected for campaigns. Similar in scale to changes in City employees earnings. Some of us remember when the School Supt earned just $50k. Now the salary is 6 times larger, well beyond inflation and its not because more of our kids are meeting CT Edu guidelines. Our BOE is just more generous with homeowners taxes.

    All of CT is in the same boat as we are nationally. Campaigning used to be about fresh ideas and pledges. Now too often its about raising monies from here, there and everywhere. Some of us remember when candidates took the time out to write out their platforms to the local newspaper. Those days seem gone for ever.

    The end result in Norwalk is fewer citizens are involved with fewer formal Political Parties. That denies us the participation of our best local talent. We’d have much better public schools if we could borrow the BOEs from one of our surrounding towns for a few years. Our surrounding towns have stringent requirements for securing a berth on their BOE’s.

    As for term limits the question is would it make a difference ? In recent years Norwalk has had 2 long serving Mayors. Would we have been better with more frequent Mayors ? Many if not most of us would say not. But that may be the exception to the rule that change brings more attention to City issues and concerns. .

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