Former first selectman among challengers for RTM seats
Updated 7:01 am, Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Former First Selectman Joseph Arcudi headlines the list of candidates who will challenge incumbents for Westport Representative Town Meeting seats in the November municipal election.
Arcudi, a Republican who was first selectman from 1993 to 1997, will run in District 2. Before serving as first selectman, Arcudi was an RTM member who represented District 1 from 1969 to 1993.
"I wanted to get back and get involved. I like the RTM," Arcudi said. "I think the RTM can use more people who know the history of the town."
Recalling his past tenure as an RTM member, Arcudi praised the legislative body's nonpartisan structure.
"I served with all different kinds of people," he said. "Never once did party come up, and that's the way it should be."
Arcudi is also the owner of Arcudi's Restaurant at 1035 Post Road East.
Arcudi and the other new candidates on the ballot each submitted a petition with at least 25 signatures from registered voters in his or her district.
In addition to Arcudi, four other non-incumbents will run in District 2: Frank Rac, Catherine Calise, Louis Hall, and Jennifer Tooker. District 2 has the most challengers of any RTM district this year.
District 1 has two challengers, Don Bergmann and Cornelia Olsen.
District 4 has one new candidate, David Floyd.
District 5 has one challenger, Dewey Loselle III.
In District 6, Hope Feller is the sole challenger.
District 7 has no candidates challenging the incumbents.
District 8 has one challenger, Lee Arthurs.
In District 9, Sal Liccione and Gilbert Nathan will run as the challengers to the incumbents.
The top four vote-getters in each RTM district will be elected to the 36-member legislative body. Factoring in incumbents who will not seek re-election, only three of the nine districts -- 2, 3 and 9 -- will have competitive races.
Individuals still interested in running for any local office can register at the Office of the Secretary of the State as a write-in candidate until 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25. Their names, however, will not appear on the ballot.
Westport's municipal election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 8.