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GOP delegates pick candidates to represent New Canaan

Published 2:29 pm, Thursday, June 5, 2014

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  • Attorney Emily Wilson, of Norwalk, Conn., was endorsed by local Republican delegates to represent the 142nd General Assembly Distric, which includes the northern and western parts of Norwalk and a portion of New Canaan, in this year's election. Photo: Contributed Photo, Contributed / New Canaan News Contributed
    Attorney Emily Wilson, of Norwalk, Conn., was endorsed by local Republican delegates to represent the 142nd General Assembly Distric, which includes the northern and western parts of Norwalk and a portion of New Canaan, in this year's election. Photo: Contributed Photo, Contributed

 

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Several re-election bids and only one newcomer have emerged in the race to represent New Canaan in the state's House of Representatives and Senate.

Emily Wilson is the only new name the local GOP delegates have endorsed to represent the town in this year's election, which will take place Nov. 4. The Norwalk attorney hopes to fill the seat vacated by House Minority Leader Larry Cafero, who is retiring after 22 years. The 142nd General Assembly District includes the northern and western parts of Norwalk, as well as a portion of New Canaan.

At a May 14 convention in Norwalk, Wilson gained the endorsement of James O'Hora, the former chairman of the New Canaan Republican Town Committee, and Norwalk Republicans Peter Nolin, Bill Dunne and Carol Andreoli. Wilson was chosen over fellow Republican Fred Wilms, who said he will petition to run in the Aug. 12 primary, as well.

Wilson, a member of the Norwalk Zoning Commission and president of the Norwalk Senior Center's board of directors, said in a news release that she has met with voters in New Canaan over the past two months to understand their concerns on statewide issues.

"What is clear in speaking with New Canaanites is that fiscal responsibility in Hartford is a top priority, which is a common feeling in Norwalk as well," she said.

Nolin, vice chairman of the Norwalk RTC, said Wilson is the right person to follow Cafero's two decades of work for the district.

"In every way she is well equipped to carry on the distinguished legacy of accomplishments that has been achieved by our long serving state Rep. Larry Cafero," he said in the release.

James McLaughlin, chairman of the New Canaan RTC, declined to comment on Wilson, saying the committee does not formally endorse any candidates until the August primary.

The party's pick for the 142nd District in August likely will face Democratic candidate Andy Garfunkel, of Norwalk, in the November election.

For the 125th General Assembly District, which includes a part of Wilton, local Republican delegates have endorsed incumbent Tom O'Dea, a New Canaan attorney and former member of the Town Council.

In the 36th Senatorial District, which covers Greenwich, Stamford and New Canaan, incumbent L. Scott Frantz is the Republicans' choice to run for re-election. For the 26th Senatorial District -- comprising New Canaan, Wilton, Westport, Weston, Ridgefield, Redding and Bethel -- the party has endorsed Toni Boucher, who is running for her fourth term.

Boucher was first elected to represent the district in 2008, after serving the 143rd General Assembly District for more than a decade.

Republican challenger Walter Reddy, of Weston, said he will petition for a primary for Boucher's seat.

The winner of the August primary likely will face Democratic candidate Phillip Sharlach, of Wilton, in November.

For the New Canaan and Darien Probate Court, Republicans in both towns have endorsed New Canaan attorney William Osterndorf.

The candidate's last bid for the probate judge position was in 2010, when the two towns were consolidated into one court, but he lost to Mike Murray, who is retiring.

Osterndorf also ran for the New Canaan Probate Court in 2000.

noliveira@bcnnew.com, 203-330-6582, @olivnelson