Norwich Republicans nominate council, school board, treasurer candidates

Norwich — The Republican Town Committee has nominated a slate of five candidates to run for City Council in fall and five for Board of Education, and the current incumbent Republican treasurer for re-election.

The town committee endorsed the council candidates as a slate. Incumbents William Nash and Stacy Gould, former Alderman Gerald Martin and newcomers John Blackburn and Robert Bell were endorsed unanimously Wednesday.

Martin sat on the council from 2015-17 and did not seek re-election. He told the town committee he now has the time to devote to the position and looks forward to serving again on the council.

Nash said the Republican-controlled council has held tax increases down and worked to “turn the ship around,” with new businesses and stable taxes.

The town committee also unanimously nominated a slate for Board of Education: incumbents Dennis Slopak and Patricia Staley, former school board member Margaret Becotte and newcomers Larry Rice, currently a member of the Board of Assessment Appeals, and Christine Distasio.

The RTC nominated incumbent Republican Treasurer Michael Gualtieri for what would be his third term in the position.

RTC Chairman Rob Dempsky urged town committee members to volunteer to campaign and support fundraisers for candidates in an effort to keep the 4-3 Republican majority on the City Council. Republican Mayor Peter Nystrom, a voting member of the City Council, is in the middle of a four-year term and is not up for re-election.

The Democratic Town Committee on Tuesday endorsed six City Council candidates and six Board of Education candidates. The DTC made no nomination for the city treasurer position.

For the City Council, no more than five of the seven members, including the mayor, can be from one party. No more than six of the nine Board of Education members can be from one political party.

c.bessette@theday.com

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