Greenwich – Ed Krumeich announces run for selectman

Lawyer Ed Krumeich announced that he is running for Selectman this morning, alongside current Democratic Selectman Lin Lavery, who is running for First Selectman.

In 2006, Krumeich came within 132 votes of unseating longtime incumbent Claudia “Dolly” Powers (R-151) for State Rep. He lost in 2008 to Republican Fred Camillo after Powers retired.

In his announcement, Krumeich criticized the politicization of the previously non-partisan Selectman’s Nomination and Advisory Committee under current First Selectman, Peter Tesei. He emphasized the need for good facilities for seniors and strong public schools.

I look forward to a Board of Selectman, BET, Board of Education and RTM who work together for the greater good of our community. This requires strong leadership and a vision of our town’s future that is clear and well thought out. And a first selectman willing to lead and the drive and know how to get things done. That is Lin Lavery. It also requires the advocacy and experience of someone who has devoted 25 years to making our town a better place to live – that’s me, by the way.

It’s shaping up to be an interesting local race here in Greenwich, as the Dems have two strong candidates and the demographics have been changing over the last few years, which a greater number of independents altering the dynamics of a previously Republican stronghold.

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8 responses to “Greenwich – Ed Krumeich announces run for selectman

  1. johningreenwich

    Ed needs to get off the SNAC committee issue. Everyone in CT should understand what he’s talking about, so here goes. The First Selectman nominates candidate for various town boards – Board of Social Services, Board of Parks and Recreation, etc. These boards research issues and provide recommendations to the Board of Selectman. They control nothing. So Greenwich a few years ago created a committee to recruit candidates for these boards – because there hard to fill. For a time, there was a “tradition” to make the search board, SNAC, non-partisan. Peter Tesei appointed someone from his campaign for that board and the Democrats went crazy. Nevermind that these boards never work on partisan issues (beach policy, for example, is not an issue divided along party lines). They screamed that boards would be “packed” with Republicans. Of course, Greenwich is packed with Republicans. They ignored the fact that the First Selectman could just drop this committee and choose his own board candidates (as he did recently). This issue is nonsense and Ed Krumeich needs to find something else to talk about. Hopefully, something positive and not a dog-eared complaint.

  2. Run Ed, Run!

    I stole this from the Republicans in Canterbury who used that as a campaign slogan against an extremely unpopular incumbent First Selectman Paul Santoro. They WANTED Santoro to seek reelection because they knew if he was on the ballot, they were virtually guaranteed to win. Santoro ultimately sought reelection, the Republicans made stickers, magnets, signs, etc. with the words “Run Santoro Run” and he lost.

    I don’t know much about Greenwich but if I were the Republicans, I’d welcome the Democrats running a three time loser as the head of their ticket based on the Canterbury model I described above.

  3. Thomas Hooker

    Ed needs to get off the SNAC committee issue. Everyone in CT should understand what he’s talking about, so here goes. The First Selectman nominates candidate for various town boards – Board of Social Services, Board of Parks and Recreation, etc. These boards research issues and provide recommendations to the Board of Selectman.

    Try telling the truth, pal. Peter Tesei did not just appoint someone from his campaign. He put the deputy chairman of the Republican Town Committee on that board. It violated a tradition that no one serving in leadership for either political town committee would be appointed to that board. That body recruits the best qualified people to serve on town boards that make recommendations on policy. Now Tesei wants to ignore that board completely in nominating members to new town bodies. It’s a violation of town tradition, and a sign that he just wants his cronies to serve the town.

    Everyone on Connecticut SHOULD understand that sleazy move.

  4. Thomas Hooker

    I don’t know much about Greenwich but if I were the Republicans, I’d welcome the Democrats running a three time loser as the head of their ticket based on the Canterbury model I described above.

    Careful what you wish for, Brenda. Like the rest of this state and this country, residents of the town of Greenwich are becoming increasingly disgusted with the Republican Party, and its registration in Greenwich has been falling all through the Bush years. Barack Obama won the presidential vote in town, and Ed Krumeich came within a handful of votes of knocking off Dolly Powers, at the time the deputy minority leader in the state house of representatives. Rather than face Ed again, she decided to resign.

    Democrat Lin Lavery, who is now running for first selectman, won ten of the town’s twelve electoral districts two years ago when she ran for selectman, and almost won another district. Her vote total was far higher than the Republican incumbent.

  5. Peter Tesei did not just appoint someone from his campaign. He put the deputy chairman of the Republican Town Committee on that board. It violated a tradition that no one serving in leadership for either political town committee would be appointed to that board.

    Hooker’s right here. It was the fact that it was the deputy chair of the RTC being appointed to a previously non-partisan board, not a member of his campaign. If Dick Bergstresser had done such a thing, I bet you anything JohninGreenwich would have been all over it.

  6. I’m not “wishing” for anything tom, I’m simply making a point that I’d guess that the Greenwich Republican organization would welcome running against a candidate that they’ve defeated three times already.

    I’m also not so sure your conclusion as to why Dolly didn’t seek reelection is correct. She was a Deputy Minority Leader under Bob Ward and he’s no longer there. I’d also be willing to bet that she felt that 14 years was enough time for her to serve. The drive from Greenwich to Hartford is enough to wear on just about anyone’s nerves including their mental and physical well being.

    Dolly served honorably in the Legislature and her honesty and integrity is beyond reproach.

  7. I’m sorry, I meant sixteen years of service, not fourteen.

  8. Like the rest of this state and this country, residents of the town of Greenwich are becoming increasingly disgusted with the Republican Party, and its registration in Greenwich has been falling all through the Bush years. Barack Obama won the presidential vote in town….

    LBJ won Greenwich, too. Wasn’t exactly a trend.

    Try telling the truth, pal. Peter Tesei did not just appoint someone from his campaign. He put the deputy chairman of the Republican Town Committee on that board. It violated a tradition that no one serving in leadership for either political town committee would be appointed to that board. That body recruits the best qualified people to serve on town boards that make recommendations on policy. Now Tesei wants to ignore that board completely in nominating members to new town bodies. It’s a violation of town tradition, and a sign that he just wants his cronies to serve the town.

    So, what about former Greenwich RTC chair Jim Himes?

    Many people interested in government are involved in politics, too.

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