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Parties to endorse November election slates this week

Published 3:31 pm, Monday, July 15, 2013

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  • Jim Marpe is expected to be endorsed Tuesday by the Republican Town Committee to be the party's first selectman candidate in the November election. Photo: File Photo / Westport News
    Jim Marpe is expected to be endorsed Tuesday by the Republican Town Committee to be the party's first selectman candidate in the November election. Photo: File Photo

 

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Local Republicans on Tuesday will officially endorse a slate of candidates for town offices and boards in the November election, while Democrats will do the same at a Thursday meeting.

The nominations for the top of the ticket in both parties appear to be settled, with the Republican Town Committee expected to formally back Jim Marpe, a former Board of Education chairman, and Avi Kaner, the Board of Finance chairman, to run for first selectman and selectman, respectively.

Meanwhile, Board of Finance member and former chairwoman Helen Garten appears poised to receive the Democratic Town Committee endorsement to run for first selectman, after state Rep. Jonathan Steinberg bowed out of the contest last week. Here running mate for selectmen is expected to be Melissa Kane, a Representative Town Meeting member from District 3.

The GOP meeting is set for 8 p.m. Tuesday in Town Hall Room 309.

Democrats' session will be at 8 p.m. Thursday also in Town Hall Room 309.

The town's top job is open this year because First Selectman Gordon Joseloff has decided not to be a candidate for a third term.

The political parties will also be endorsing candidates for other town boards and offices, including Board of Education, Board of Finance, Planning and Zoning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, Board of Assessment Appeals and Probate Court.