North Stonington Republicans endorse 22-year-old dairy farmer to run for first selectman

North Stonington — The Republican Town Committee selected candidates Monday to fill a full slate of municipal offices, including seats currently held by First Selectman Shawn Murphy and Selectman Nicholas Mullane.

At the top of the party’s slate of candidates is Asa Palmer, a 22-year-old dairy farmer who was endorsed by the party to run for first selectman. He currently serves on the Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission. 

In a three-way race for the open selectman seat between Board of Education Chairman Robert Carlson, business owner Mark Perkins and former town information technology manager Marc Tate, it was Carlson who prevailed with the party’s endorsement.

Paul Simonds was endorsed for the seat on the Board of Finance currently held by Charles Steinhart IV. Candace Banks, a former project manager at Pfizer, was given the nod for the Board of Finance alternate seat.

None of the current members of the Board of Selectmen are running again for their seats. Murphy, a Republican, announced in the spring that he would not be seeking re-election, followed by longtime First Selectman Nicholas Mullane, who served as a selectman for the past two years.

Longtime Treasurer Robin Roohr was endorsed again for her position. Christine Wagner and Pamela Potemri were nominated for seats on the Board of Education while Keith Bresette was nominated for a seat on the Planning and Zoning Commission. Candace Palmer was nominated for a seat on the Zoning Board of Appeals while Gary Thomson was nominated for an alternate seat on that board.



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