At the Board of Selectmen meeting January 9, First Selectman Willie Fritz, after congratulating Selectman Tom Vicino on his new role as state representative, said that he was putting forth Raymond Rigat's name to the Democratic Town Committee as Vicino's possible replacement.
Last November, Vicino (D) won the seat as state representative for Clinton, Killingworth and parts of Westbrook. He defeated John Samperi, a Republican. Vicino was sworn in January 9 in Hartford.
Vicino confirmed that he will resign from the Board of Selectmen in about two weeks.
After the vacancy occurs, the remaining members of the Board of Selectmen have 30 days to appoint another member to the five-member board. The Clinton Town Charter says the new person must be of the same political party as the person who leaves. In this case, the new person needs to be registered with the Democratic Party.
The last person to leave the Clinton Board of Selectmen was Dolly Mezzetti (D) who resigned last June. She was replaced by Selectman Lynn Pinder (D).
Rigat was first elected as Judge of Probate for the town of Clinton in 1998 and served 12 years. When the probate courts were redistricted and combined effective January of 2011, he ran for the position of Judge of new District 33 but lost to Terry Lomme.