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Eno, Lord, Mattson will all run unopposed for Lyme Board of Selectmen

By Kimberly Drelich

Publication: The Day

Published July 29. 2013 4:00AM

Lyme - First Selectman Ralph F. Eno Jr. and Selectmen Parker H. Lord and Steven E. Mattson all have won endorsements from their respective parties for another term.

Eno, a Republican, has served consecutive two-year terms as first selectman since 2007, as well as between 1991 and 2001. Lord, also a Republican, has served on the Board of Selectmen since 1997 and Mattson, a Democrat, is serving his fourth consecutive term. The three men will run unopposed.

Both parties have endorsed slates of mostly incumbent candidates for the November town elections.

The Republican Town Committee endorsed a slate at its July 16 caucus that included incumbent William L. Hawthorne for town treasurer, incumbent Linda B. Ward for tax collector; incumbent Frederick Platt III for Board of Assessors; incumbent Harry P. Broom for Board of Assessment Appeals; and incumbent Kelvin N. Tyler and Ross Byrne, who is an alternate on the Zoning Board of Appeals, for the Planning and Zoning Commission.

For the Lyme - Old Lyme Board of Education, both parties cross-endorsed Democratic incumbent Beth Jones. Republican incumbent Linda Winzer also earned nods from both parties for town clerk.

The Republicans cross-endorsed Democratic candidate Jeanne Rutigliano an incumbent, for Zoning Board of Appeals and separately endorsed incumbent Salvatore Caruso Jr. as an alternate for the board.

The Democratic Town Committee endorsed Eugene Lynch as library director, at its caucus last week. Republicans endorsed incumbents James Benn and Judith F. Lightfoot as library directors.

Incumbent constables John M. King and Frederick Bliven, Republicans, and incumbent constable Ronald Wojcik, a Democrat, earned nominations from their respective parties for another term.

Both party leaders said they were pleased with their slates and the town's leadership.

"I think they're all well-qualified and excellent candidates," said Democratic Town Committee Chairwoman LeRay McFarland.

"We are very fortunate we have these people who have put in lots of hours and lots of time and continue to serve the town," said Republican Town Committee Chairman Rowland Ballek.

"We are especially fortunate to have Ralph Eno running again as our candidate for First Selectman," he added. "He has done a great job running the town from that office."

The Democratic Town Committee further endorsed Herbert Ross, currently an alternate for Board of Finance, for a full seat on the board. Incumbent Matthew Sharp received a Republican endorsement for another Board of Finance term, as well as for Lori Caine as an alternate. The Republican committee further endorsed Kathryn Wayland, the daughter of Board Chairman Gary H. Reynolds who passed away earlier this month, for the board.

Reynolds had served for more than 30 years on the board, said Ballek.

"He is sorely missed," said Ballek. "He was an excellent board chairman. We were very fortunate to have him in the time that he gave us."


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