Two women who have been driving forces in Westport's Democratic Party for more than half a century will be honored Friday evening, Oct. 17, when local Democrats stage their first "Paint the Town Blue" celebration.

Dora Stuttman and Martha Aasen will be feted by the Democratic Town Committee during the event at Kibberia Restaurant, 361 Post Road West. The party is planned from 7 to 10 p.m. and is open to the public.

"Dora and Martha completely transformed the political landscape of Westport, and for over 50 years they have been a major force on behalf of Democrats in Connecticut," John Hartwell, the DTC chairman, said in a news release.

Tickets for "Paint the Town Blue" are $75 in advance, $100 at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased at www.westportdemocrats.org.

Stuttman and Aasen come from different backgrounds -- Stuttman grew up in the Bronx, N.Y., Aasen in Mississippi -- but they moved to Westport within a year of each other in the early 1960s and found a common cause in Democratic politics, the town committee said.

A former managing editor of a national fashion magazine, Stuttman became a member of the DTC in 1962, soon after moving to Westport. She is fond of saying "You can't win an election unless you get the vote out," according to the release, and she has led grassroots campaigns of phone calls, follow up, and direct contact to mobilize voters.

Aasen held senior communications posts with the United Nations Secretariat, and became involved in Democratic politics at the local, state and national levels, the DTC said. She was DTC chairman from 1992 to 2007, and has been involved in every Fourth Congressional District race since moving to Westport in 1963.