Norwich political committees to endorse candidates for fall election

Norwich — The Democratic and Republican town committees will meet this week to endorse candidates for City Council, Board of Education and city treasurer.

The Democratic Town Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at 23 Union St. to endorse candidates for local office, and the Republican Town Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall.

Democrats already have started promoting a proposed slate of six City Council candidates with a Facebook page titled “Responsible Leadership for Norwich.” The slate features incumbent Alderman Joseph DeLucia – the only one of three council Democrats – former Alderman and mayoral candidate Mark Bettencourt, 2017 mayoral candidate Derell Wilson and 2017 council candidate Zato Kadambaya, and political newcomers Shane Roberts and Ella Myles.

Wilson, the town committee chairman, said three of the five Democratic Board of Education members are seeking re-election, Chairwoman Yvette Jacaruso, Mark Kulos and Heather Romanski.

Wilson said the town committee is gauging interest among other candidates and expects to have full slates for all races.

“While it's not yet official, or a secret, I do intend on getting back on the horse and run for the Norwich City Council this year,” Bettencourt wrote on the Facebook page. “I had honestly not really wanted to have to do it, but too many things in this city have troubled me as of late and it was either do this or move. I choose to stay and try to make this community a better place.”

Republican Town Committee Chairman Rob Dempsky said the committee is working on its slate of candidates for both City Council and school board. He declined to list any specific candidates seeking endorsement.

Republican Mayor Peter Nystrom is not up for election this year. He was elected to a four-year term in 2017.

Republican Alderwoman Stacy Gould said she is seeking re-election. Incumbent Republican William Nash could not be reached for comment.

Republican Alderwoman Joanne Philbrick and Democratic council incumbents Samuel Browning and Stephanie Burnham are not seeking re-election.

c.bessette@theday.com

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