Darien RTM Moderator Armour not seeking re-election

Karen Armour has led Darien's legislative body for 10 years

RTM Moderator Karen Armour

You’d think it would be hard to keep a town body of 100 people orderly and quiet — especially when they all have different opinions — often on controversial Darien issues.

But Darien’s Representative Town Meeting moderator, Karen Armour, seems to do it with ease — rarely raising her voice, or pounding a gavel.

Instead, Armour uses her dry wit, always with dead aim, that seems to quiet and amuse the masses so quickly you wonder how the RTM could run without her.

Darien, you’re about to find out.

Armour, a Republican, whose two-year term is up in November, is not seeking re-election, she told The Darien Times. A nearly 30-year RTM member, Armour has served as moderator for 10 years.

Armour, speaking from her summer home in Quebec, told The Darien Times on Tuesday the reason she was not running was simple: “I’ve been doing it for almost 30 years.”

Armour said District II member Sarah Seelye, chairman of the RTM’s Town Government, Structure & Administration Committee, has expressed interest in the moderator position.

She said the committee has taken an ongoing project of reviewing parts of the Town Charter and making recommendations to update it, and “Sarah is very dedicated to that project.”

Seelye is unaffiliated. The RTM is a non-partisan government body — in at least that members do not run or caucus as members of a political party.

Will she miss it?

Nope. Armours says she’s ready and happy that someone else will be leading the body.

“I’m very grateful for the opportunity Darien has given me,” she said.

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Thursday’s Darien Times will have much more on this developing story.

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