Below is a letter from CT Democratic Party Chair Nancy Wyman regarding the presidential primary.
February 3, 2020
Dear Connecticut Democratic Party Leaders and Members:
With the start of voting in the 2020 Presidential primaries only hours away, I write to wish you well in supporting the candidate of your choice. But I also want to remind Democrats across the state that we have one singular and common goal – defeating Donald Trump on November 3rd.
It has been a long three years since the 2016 Presidential election. But Democrats have pulled together behind remarkable candidates in Connecticut and across the country to regain local offices, state legislatures, as well as U.S. Senate and Congressional seats. And this year, we have an outstanding field of barrier-breaking and well-qualified candidates for President.
As we move into the final months of choosing a candidate for President, I ask every Democrat in Connecticut to remember what is at stake: the future of our nation. Democrats are the party of inclusion, the party that cares about affordable accessible health care and saving the planet from global warming. We are the party of solutions, not barriers.
As a veteran of more Democratic elections and party battles than I can count, I am asking every Democrat in the state to support their candidates with respect for one another and an eye on November. And I am asking every Democrat to join me in a commitment to support whichever candidate is victorious at the end of this primary season.
I think we all can agree that any one of the Democrats on the ticket will restore dignity and confidence in the Oval Office.
Together, we can win the White House.
All my best,
To the Editor:
The news from Washington, D.C. is overwhelming. It seems that every day there is more news about this dangerous president who continues to find ways to abuse his power for personal gain, obstruct justice, and much more. Then there is the constant barrage of impeachment news and tweets by this president who is not focused on the welfare of the people he was elected to serve.
However, we are fortunate that there are elected officials who are concerned with the welfare of the people they were elected to serve and they serve in the House of Representatives. Congress has been busy passing over 400 bills, with 250 of those bills passing with bipartisan majorities. One member in particular continues to lead in doing the work to get the job done for the American people, Congressman Jim Himes.
Understanding that voting is a right for all Americans and the opportunity to vote should be easily accessible, Jim voted for HR 1 to expand voting rights. Every day, Americans are struggling to pay for necessary medications and their health care, recognizing these challenges Jim voted for HR 3 to lower prescription drug prices and voted for HR 986 to protect coverage for preexisting conditions. After Sandy Hook, little progress has been made nationally to keep us safe from gun violence; Jim voted for HR 8 to require universal background checks. As the president continues to deny climate change, Jim Himes voted for HR9 to ensure America stays in the Paris Climate Agreement and to take steps to address climate change. Jim continues to fight to repeal the SALT deduction cap.
Unfortunately, Mitch McConnell refuses to take up these bills in the Senate. By refusing to do the work the members of the Senate were elected to do, Americans continue to struggle.
We, in the Connecticut Fourth Congressional District, are fortunate to have Congressman Jim Himes represent us. He has proven time after time that he is a strong, thoughtful leader committed to the welfare of those he was elected to serve.
Evonne M. Klein
Congressman Jim Himes will participate in an Indivisible Town Hall with Indivisible Stamford and Indivisible Greenwich on Monday, Feb. 3 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. in Stamford. There will be a moderated panel for the first part of the town hall and then open Q&A from the audience.
On Jan. 14, 2020, registered Darien Democrats caucused at the Town Hall Auditorium to elect the next Darien Democratic Town Committee (“DTC”) for a two year term commencing March 4, 2020.
Current Town Committee Chairman David Bayne chaired the caucus. After calling the caucus to order, the DTC Search Committee’s slate of 20 persons was nominated and seconded. Nominations were then taken from the floor and three additional persons were nominated and seconded for positions on the 2020-22 DTC. Nominations were then closed and all persons nominated were unanimously elected by a voice vote.
The members of the 2020-2022 Darien Democratic Town Committee are:
John “JC” Carter
To all registered Democrats of Darien, Connecticut:
According to the rules of the Democratic Party and state election laws, a caucus of registered Democrats will be held on January 14, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. at the Darien Town Hall Auditorium, 2 Renshaw Road, Darien, CT 06820 to endorse candidates for the 2020 Darien Democratic Town Committee and to transact such other business that may properly come before the caucus.
Dated: December 26, 2019
Darien Democratic Town Committee
David F. Bayne, Chairman
The Town of Darien flag will be flown at half-staff in memory of Darien resident and former selectman Marc Thorne, who died Monday after suffering a severe stroke early Sunday morning.
In an email sent Monday afternoon to town officials, First Selectman Jayme Stevenson wrote Thorne “will be remembered for his kind and thoughtful nature, being the consummate gentleman, and his deep commitment to the Town of Darien.”
“Marc and Barbara have been such an inspiration to us all,” Stevenson added.
Thorne, a Democrat, devoted his life to public and community service. He served as a town selectman from 2015 through the most recent election.
In addition, he served on the RTM Finance & Budget Committee, the Consolidated Services Working Group, and the Pear Tree Point Beach Building Committee.
He was also active with the Darien Men’s Association since 2004, most recently serving on its Community Service Committee.
He was a member of the First Congregational Church of Darien.
Former First Selectman Evonne Klein said Thorne was a “kind, thoughtful gentleman who was the voice of encouragement.”
“He was the person who strove to understand others and ultimately, he did. Because of this ability to do so, he was able to make a positive difference in the lives of his family, friends and as a distinguished public servant,” Klein said. “My family and I have some terrific memories, we will miss Marc.”
Democratic Town Committee Chairman David Bayne said Thorne’s decades of service to Darien are “an inspiration to us all.”
“His leadership and service in town government, the Democratic party, his church and in the Senior Men’s Association are unparalleled,” Bayne said.
Bayne continued, “Marc gave so much of himself — not out of personal ambition, but because he genuinely enjoyed helping people and he wanted to make Darien a better place.”
“By all accounts, he was wildly successful in those goals, and our entire community is far richer for his efforts,” Bayne said.
Bayne added Thorne was a friend “who could be counted on to lend a hand or have a kind and thoughtful word of encouragement when you needed it most. My wife Carolyn and I will miss him very much.”
Addressing Barbara Thorne, Bayne said, on behalf of the entire DTC, “we join you in your grief and are profoundly grateful that you shared Marc with us for so many decades. Thank you, Barbara. We are here for you.”
For many years, Thorne was seen by many in front of Palmer’s Market on Heights Road, where he ran the Salvation Army bell. He would organize a group of volunteers to help with this effort.
Norwalk resident George Gilliam, a member of the Darien Men’s Association, said Thorne “was very much dedicated to making Darien a good a town as it could possibly be.”
Thorne is a former president of the DMA. Most recently, he headed the DMA Cares Committee, which sends condolence cards to members who are not well.
In each card, there’s a saying that Gilliam said is very fitting for Thorne.
“The example you set, the leadership you’ve shown, and the inspiration that you are — that would describe Marc,” he said.
Thorne’s funeral is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 21 at 3 p.m. at The First Congregational Church of Darien, 14 Brookside Road.