Calling All Clinton Republicans
Some say the Republican Party Organization in Clinton is too old and has too many of the same faces. I agree, we need a good mix of new and older blood. As Chairman of the Republican Town Committee I want to make this happen. But I can only do it with your help. What’s a town committee you say? It is the lowest level of party organization in Connecticut. Major parties must have them by law. Since we have no counties here, the next level is the state organization. Our job is to recruit candidates and win elections, but there is more.
Since Clinton is largely run by volunteers, we search out and interview Republican and Independent (legally known as unaffiliated) voters who we recommend to the Board of Selectmen for appointments to bodies like the Shellfish, Inland Wetlands and Harbor Commissions. There are over one hundred such positions available and vacancies always exist. We also select delegates to state and federal conventions who nominate Republican candidates for Governor, U.S. Senate, Congress and State Senate and State Representative. On the state level it would be the seats currently held by Art Linares (R) and Tom Vicino (D).
How can you help revitalize the Republican Party in Clinton? Rather simple actually, join the Town Committee and here is a great way to do that. We are holding a caucus of all Republican electors (voters) on January 9, 2014 at the Town Hall at 7:00 PM. A caucus is a meeting and any registered Republican can attend, speak, vote and be nominated for the Town Committee. You can be nominated from the floor or as part of a slate. Then a vote will take place. There are 35 positions available but it is not necessary to fill them all. An organizational meeting will be held in March with the new Committee to elect officers. Town Committee membership is a legal position that has a two year term. This new group will have its terms expire in January of 2016. We meet monthly at the town hall.
This is your chance to make things happen. Instead of sitting on the sidelines and wondering how the process works or worse yet, complaining about it, you can make changes for the better if you don’t like how the town or party is run. You are invited to participate. Call or contact me through our web site at www.clintongop.org by using the “Contact” Tab. We are seeking a mix of people to include younger family people who are active in the community or want to become active. You may even want to run for office some day. Let us hear from you.
Phil Sengle; Chairman – Clinton Republican Town Committee