Greenwich – Lin Lavery (D) announces for First Selectman

This morning Democratic selectman Lin Lavery ended months of speculation and announced that she would be running against Republican (and current officeholder) Peter Tesei for the First Selectman’s office. Attorney General Dick Blumenthal and 4th CD Congressman Jim Himes were on hand at a crowded town meeting room event.

Lin Lavery announces she is in the face for First Selectman

Lin Lavery announces she is in the face for First Selectman

This should be an interesting race. Two years ago, Lavery, a newcomer to the political scene but someone who had been extremely active on the volunteer circuit, won the second highest number of votes in the selectman’s race over longtime officeholder Peter Crumbine.

When people ask her, “Why run now?” she says, “”Why wait until better times? Difficult times need strong leadership.”

Here she is talking about her involvement leading the drive to set up a crisis nursery for Kids in Crisis:

Greenwich has never been an easy town for Democrats, but Lavery is a very strong candidate with proven bipartisan support. She could definitely give Peter Tesei a run for his money.

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8 responses to “Greenwich – Lin Lavery (D) announces for First Selectman

  1. Thomas Hooker

    Go for it, Lin! She’s one of the most dynamic politicians in the state of Connecticut. And in light of the numerous missteps by the rookie first selectman Peter Tesei, she has an excellent chance. Many will keep in mind how Tesei fired a number of town hall employees, having them met by police officers who escorted them to their desks and waited for them to clean them out before escorting them out of the building. His politicization of the previously non-partisan nominating committee by appointing the RTC’s vice chairman to that body was also blatant, as was his attempt not to reappoint to the Planning & Zoning Commission his Democratic rival in the first selectman’s race, Frank Farricker.

    Lin Lavery won more votes in her race for selectman than has any other Democrat in history. Indeed, she beat her Republican rival in ten of twelve electoral districts, and came close in one other. What with Democratic registration surging in Greenwich (now 25%versus 37% Republican as of last November), she has a definite opportunity.

  2. with Democratic registration surging in Greenwich (now 25%versus 37% Republican as of last November)

    Sounds like it’s time for stricter zoning.

  3. The independents are going to be key here. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I seem to remember that indies outnumber both R’s and D’s in town. Or if they don’t, it’s getting close.

  4. johningreenwich

    His politicization of the previously non-partisan nominating committee by appointing the RTC’s vice chairman to that body was also blatant,

    Jim Himes, then chair of Greenwich’s DTC, criticized this appointment raising the spector of town boards packed with Republicans and on and on. I challenged him then and you now to point to one town board vote or issue they worked on that was decided or debated along party lines. I don’t think we need to worry that with too many Republicans the Board of Parks and Recreation will urge the First Selectman to invade Port Chester. This was a silly complaint – anyone good at convincing good people to volunteer should be welcome on the nominating committee. It didn’t work out so well for Jim Himes, he lost in Greenwich.

    Now, as to Lin Lavery, I think she’s very good and will be difficult for Peter to beat. I only hope this campaign stays cordial because Lin will win enough votes to stay on as a selectman even if she doesn’t get First Selectman.

  5. Thomas Hooker

    Jim Himes, then chair of Greenwich’s DTC, criticized this appointment raising the spector of town boards packed with Republicans and on and on. I challenged him then and you now to point to one town board vote or issue they worked on that was decided or debated along party lines. I don’t think we need to worry that with too many Republicans the Board of Parks and Recreation will urge the First Selectman to invade Port Chester. This was a silly complaint – anyone good at convincing good people to volunteer should be welcome on the nominating committee. It didn’t work out so well for Jim Himes, he lost in Greenwich.

    It was a matter of principal and tradition. No sitting officials on either the Democratic or Republican town committees had been appointed to that nominating committee in the past, which was supposed to select town residents willing and able to serve as volunteers on town boards. But Tesei deliberately chose to break that tradition by putting a top RTC official on the board, and Lin Lavery rightly objected strenuously. It was a deliberate attempt to politicize the board and it was wrong.

  6. Thomas Hooker

    The independents are going to be key here. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I seem to remember that indies outnumber both R’s and D’s in town. Or if they don’t, it’s getting close.

    Just relying on my math skills here, I’d go out on a limb and say that indies are 38% of the total in town, as of last October. They seem to split between Democrats and Republicans on national and state ballots.

  7. pintofguinnessdraft

    She could definitely give Peter Tesei a run for his money.

    I’m sure you thought that way about, the last 1st selectman candidate frank farricker or last year’s state rep. candidate Ed Krumiech.

    Greenwich is doing quite well with peter tesei as its CEO considering alot of his constituents have lost either their jobs or their savings on Wall st.

  8. Thomas Hooker

    I’m sure you thought that way about, the last 1st selectman candidate frank farricker or last year’s state rep. candidate Ed Krumiech.

    Ed Krumeich? You mean the guy who came within 76 votes of turning out Dolly Powers, the deputy minority leader for the state house? Whose close loss and impending challenge motivated Powers to retire from politics rather than face him again? Ed lost to Camillo last year by 55% to 45%, if memory serves, in the most Republican district in Greenwich. Lin Lavery defeated Republican Peter Crumbine by winning ten of twelve electoral districts and almost winning an eleventh.

    And you probably thought that John McCain would win in Greenwich as well last year. Got that wrong. And wasn’t it Senator Dodd who took 60% of the vote in Greenwich in 2004? And with Republicans continuing to lose registration there, the seat’s in play.

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