Local Attorney Mentioned as New Member of Board of Selectmen

Raymond Rigat (D), attorney and former Judge of Probate for Clinton, is a possible candidate to replace Selectman Tom Vicino.


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. 

Rich Manville January 10, 2013 at 03:41 PM
.....and the beat goes on, another attorney in goverment, just what we all need... I know this will never happen but I'd like to see Vince Cimino (hope I spelled it right) in there.
Tammy January 10, 2013 at 05:57 PM
We would be very honored to have Ray Rigat on our Clinton Board of Selectman.
Sheldon Potesak jr. January 10, 2013 at 08:03 PM
Great to see this! Ray Rigat is a great guy and has been around the community for a long time helping out. This would be a great addition.
Donna Whalen January 10, 2013 at 11:36 PM
I think Ray Rigat would be a fantastic choice. Good Luck Ray.
Adrian Smith January 11, 2013 at 03:20 AM
I heard that Leah Saunders, a frequent contributor to The Patch and a darn-right groovy lady,  received the requisite votes from the Democratic Town Committee to be considered for the board. However, Willie would not let it come to a vote. Is there any truth to this? She is such an asset to our community and dare I say, a peach. It would be great to have her serve on the board.  Who's with me? Go Leah!!!!!!


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