The Wallingford DTC is the local organization responsible for endorsing and promoting candidates, and is a part of the state Central Democratic Party and the National Democratic Party. Our meetings are open to the public, and we encourage participation in the discussion from every registered Democrat. One function however is limited to the elected members of the committee: voting on matters before the committee.
What happens at the meetings?
The meetings consist of getting updates from elected and appointed Democrats in public posts, such as from our members on Inland Wetland and Watercourses Commission to the Board of Education, and Zoning Board of Appeals to Town Council. Our delegate to the State central party also regularly attends, as well as at least one state rep, so we can stay informed on matters in Hartford. Besides discussing how to support Democrats in election season, we often entertain guests seeking public office, especially when seeking endorsement. Governor Ned Lamont, Lieutenant governor Susan Bysiewicz, Attorney General William Tong and State Treasurer Shawn Wooden have all been guests at our committee, and later won our support.
How are candidates chosen?
Each Town Committee is responsible for endorsing party members for local appointments, or to be on the ballot as a democrat in the local election. When matters extend beyond Wallingford, a special convention is called to choose the candidate. Candidates typically show an interest in the subject matter long before they consider, or are considered as candidates.
It's as simple as reaching out. The DTC is entirely made up of volunteers, and we'd like for you to join us. We can suggest one of many ways you can help, or you can let us know how you'd like to help.
How do I become a member?
The DTC always welcomes and appreciates volunteers, supporters and their input, elected members get the privileged of voting and may serve in other elected capacities in the DTC. Every two years, the DTC holds a caucus where registered Wallingford democrats are welcome, and broken down by district. Here, each district gets to vote who among their neighbors will be elected to serve as a member of the town committee. Only one committee member is allowed for every 75 registered Democrats. Furthermore, districts choose a district leader, and set their own district meeting schedule.